Live Stage: Rolf Julius [us Brooklyn]

warumgrun.jpgDiapason gallery for sound and intermedia presents Music, under your Feet by Rolf Julius — installation with objects, sound, and video :: November 22 – December 20, 2008; 2:00 – 8:00 pm :: Opening: November 22, 6:00 – 8:00 pm :: 882 Third Avenue (between 32nd and 33rd Street), 10th floor, Brooklyn, NY.

Rolf Julius integrates acoustic and visual coordinates in his installative, synaesthetic concepts. Far removed from elaborate electronics, he works with simple things and sounds of everyday life, an aesthetic and acoustic minimalism with the simplest use of cassettes and loudspeakers, effecting a concentrated perception…” – Rudolf Frieling

One should bend down more often to pick up the tones lying around everywhere. In Manhattan, I saw and heard the really huge and thick and loud tones, the brown and the violet, but also the little quiet ones between the cracks in the walls, under the bridges, and among the chirping crickets on Roosevelt Island. I noticed this in 1984 during my stay at PS-1 in Queens. Now I would like to bring some of these small sounds into the gallery, sounds I picked up during many years, together with some new visual ones.” – Rolf Julius

Rolf Julius (b. 1939, Wilhelmshaven) studied art in Bremen and Berlin from 1961-69. In the mid- 70s he began experimenting with contemporary music to further elucidate his perception of the visual. In 1979 Julius started to integrate sound and noise into his creative work and initiated his own tape compositions. During 1995-96 Julius was a visiting professor at Hochschule für Künste in Bremen. He now lives and works in Berlin.

Julius has presented work at Documenta 8 in Kassel, Germany, InSite ’94 in San Diego, CA, Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh, PA, PS-1 in New York, National Gallery in Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum for Contemporary Art Berlin, Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial in Niigata, Japan, Centre Pompidou in Paris, The National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto, Japan, and Museum of Modern Art Bremen in Germany, among other institutions.

This exhibition is a co-production with Singuhr Gallery in Berlin and has been generously supported by Charlie Morrow.

Curated by Carsten Seiffarth

Diapason gallery for sound and intermedia presents is a non-profit performance and exhibition space that invites the public, artists and composers to engage with contemporary music and sound practices. Established in 2001 by composer Michael J. Schumacher and choreographer Liz Gerring, Diapason has built on his efforts at Studio Five Beekman, a sound gallery he founded in1996. With two high-quality multi-channel sound systems Diapason’s listening environment draws a regular audience, and Diapason continues to be the sole venue in New York City (and one of few internationally) that is dedicated to both presenting multichannel sound installations and providing space for composers and sound artists to experiment, exhibit and perform. Diapason is supported by NYSCA, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Phaedrus Foundation, the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, The Trust for Mutual Understanding, Kirk Radke, and other generous individuals. Diapason is a registered 501(c)(3) organization.

Nov 17, 2008
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