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Rolf Julius

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Wilhelmshaven, Germany (1979 – 2011)

“For a long time I’ve been thinking about how to create spaces into which one can retreat, where one can find quiet, where one can see, hear, where one is able to concentrate, where one is isolated from the world around but still is able to participate in it…by means of art or music or both” - Rolf Julius, 1987

Futurism and Dadaism both made use of the synthesis of audio and visual arts to create a singular experience greater than the sum of its parts. This idea was further advanced by the Fluxus and Minimalism movements. Born in 1939 in Wilhelmshaven, Germany, Rolf Julius was profoundly influenced and inspired by these movements while he studied art in Bremen and Berlin.

Years later, after immersing himself in musical works by artists like Morton Feldman, John Cage, and La Monte Young, Julius began to shift his focus from visual art to the synthesis of sound and visual art and nature, exploring the relationships between sounds and objects and environments. Julius soon discovered how sounds can influence vision, creating simple tones to be presented in conjunction with his early photographic work.

Such experiments culminated in the creation of his pioneering work Dike Line (1979), which combined visual images with texture-inducing tones. This piece was presented at the ground breaking exhibition Fϋr Augen und Ohren in 1980.

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