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Rolf Julius

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This play is a reflection on the (im)possibility of accepting diversity and the other. The fragmented body of the neoplasm—the fruit of unstable conditions—overcomes barriers, loves and denies itself and others, wanders around, forgetting its profession. It frequently and with pleasure divides, goes through dangerous palpation, questions the possibility of contact with the experience of the other. Poorly brought up but very successful, it invites us to a trans-species transition.

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I create a musical space with my images. With my music, I create an illustrated space. Images and music are equal. They come in contact with the mind of the viewer and the listener and inside, something new comes of it. - Rolf Julius

Two speakers, suspended from the ten-foot ceiling by a thin wire, hang just inches from the ground. They are coated with a brilliant, powdery, orange-red pigment that vibrates with the pulsing sound emanating from the speakers, thus making the sound "visible" and asking the viewer's senses to work together in new ways.

"In his work, three senses are involved: hearing, seeing, and touching. Although he shows us how closely the senses of hearing, seeing, and touching are related to each other; he does not follow the kinesthetic theories which state that each sound is associated with a particular color. Julius's music does not work like that. For him, a sound is a sound and a color is a color. However, when the senses 'accidentally' work beautifully together, the work is a complete success. Instead of saying 'accidentally,' Julius would probably prefer to say that the senses 'inevitably' work together." - Shi Nakagawa, musicologist and close friend of Rolf Julius

When

Long-term

1996

Where

500 Sampsonia, Lower Level

About The Artist

Rolf Julius was born in Germany in 1939 and studied fine art in Bremen. In the mid 1970s he began using sound alongside his visual practice. Later he moved to Berlin and became an important figure in that city’s budding sound art scene. In 1980 Julius’ pioneering work “Dike Line” was presented at the “Fϋr Augen Und Ohren” exhibition alongside work by John Cage. He has created some of the most meaningful and moving works in the grey area between music and art, between sound and silence, slowly emerging as one of the most important and influential sound artists of our time. Whether using photographs, ink drawings, audio compositions, or subtle and sometimes almost hidden outdoor installations, Rolf Julius’ works serve as catalyst, increasing our awareness of the great beauty of the world that surrounds us.

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