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Julia Oschatz [Videonale.11]

*1970 in Darmstadt GER, lives in Berlin GER
Studied at Ecole des beaux arts, Bourges FRA, Myndlistaskola, Reykjavik ISL, Hochschule für Gestaltung, Offenbach GER, Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste Städelschule, Frankfurt GER and at Hochschule für Gestaltung, Offenbach GER

Exhibitions [selection]:

2012 Kontrollverlust Kunsthaus Erfurt, GER

2011 Streams of Consciousness: The Histories, Mythologies, and Ecologies of Water, Salina Art Center,      
        Kansas, USA

2009 Odd One Out, Haines Gallery, San Francisco USA [S]

         Film screening (Fiction Follows Form, 2008), Short Histories of Cinema: Rules of the Game Museu de Art

         Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) ESP 

         Damaged Romanticism: A Mirror of Modern Emotion, The Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston USA

2008 Julia Oschatz: Dig Your Own Grave, Centro de Arte CAB, Burgos ESP [S]

         Lingener Kunstverein, Lingen, GER [S] 

2007 NOTATALL, Städtische Galerie, Delmenhorst GER [S]

         Getting Nowhere Fast, Institut für moderne Kunst, Nürnberg GER [S]

Julia Oschatz

Hello Hollow, 2005, 4:23 min, sound, color [VIDEONALE.11]

A black screen, illuminated by points of light moving across it like snow flurries, sets the stage for the appearance of a creature that cannot be clearly identified as humas or animal, which immediately begins a wild ance. Thus begins Julia Oschatz' video Hello Hollow, the formal design of which is, like almost all of the artist's works, characterized by a world of colour, mood and action drawn in tones of black-white-grey. The animation catapults the viewer into a prodigious spectrum of associations, each of which becomes concrete only for a few moments - such as when the points of light form themselves into the work's title - or at least seems to become concrete - when the viewer believes he has discerned human traits in the 'creature'. Nevertheless, it is a structural principle of this video-clip-like work that what is concrete about a situation in life or the environment is neutralized and transformed into a more generalized texture. The 'creature', in its abstraction oscillating between man and donkey, wolf or rabbit, can be understood as a symbol of all of these. Hello Hollow tells the archaic condition, of this 'creature' being thrown into the world and left at its mercy, as a clownesque, externally controlled actor on a stage that obeys barely rationally comprehensible laws and in the background of which the projections of this world rapidly pass by. 

Wolfgang A. Döllerer

Julia Oschatz [ Videonale.11 ]