Sound Cooking 1988

Rolf Julius
Factory Installed: October 8 – December 23, 1988
Materials
flower pots, ash, audio equipment

And sometimes you could hear some deep and loud cello sounds coming from downstairs, they were kind of boiling and cooking inside two flower pots, which were filled with brown ash.

Description

In the hallways, gurgles rise from flower pots fitted with speakers which are covered with ash. Up a flight of stairs, a deep drone rises intermittently from more flower pots.

Artist Statement

And sometimes you could hear some deep and loud cello sounds coming from downstairs, they were kind of boiling and cooking inside two flower pots, which were filled with brown ash.

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.