Delta

Julia Scher
October 28 – December 2, 2018

Julia Scher

Delta Alexa, 2018

Alexa virtual assistants, green gel filter, MP3 players, cables

Dimensions variable

 

Photo © Simon Vogel

Julia Scher

Delta Alexa, 2018

Alexa virtual assistants, green gel filter, MP3 players, cables

Dimensions variable

 

Photo © Simon Vogel

Julia Scher

Delta Alexa, 2018

Alexa virtual assistants, green gel filter, MP3 players, cables

Dimensions variable

 

Photo © Simon Vogel

Julia Scher

Delta Alexa, 2018

Alexa virtual assistants, green gel filter, MP3 players, cables

Dimensions variable

 

Photo © Simon Vogel

Julia Scher

Delta Alexa, 2018

Alexa virtual assistants, green gel filter, MP3 players, cables

Dimensions variable

 

Photo © Simon Vogel

Julia Scher

Delta Alexa, 2018

Alexa virtual assistants, green gel filter, MP3 players, cables

Dimensions variable

 

Photo © Simon Vogel

Exhibition view:

Julia Scher, DeltaNAK Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen

 

Photo © Simon Vogel

Exhibition view:

Julia Scher, Delta, NAK Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen

 

Photo © Simon Vogel

Delta

Julia Scher
NAK Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen
October 28 – December 2, 2018
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American artist Julia Scher will present her first solo exhibition Delta at NAK Neuer Aachener Kunstverein. 

 

Increased and almost omnipresent private as well as governmental surveillance has become a consciously made concession in modern society. Loss of control and need for security become the counterpart of potential risks and hazards.

 

In her series Security By Julia Julia Scher dealt with the concept of surveillance in an artistic way already way back in the eighties. The project was realized at various places in the USA as well as in Europe and out public spaces under observation. In 1991 Scher installed such a surveillance system at the house of collector Wilhelm Schürmann, titling the work The Schürmann House. One year later this installation became a part of the exhibition Dirty Data at Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst in Aachen. Tying in with this, she planned another project in the municipal park of Aachen at the same time. The building of present-day Kunstverein as well as the surrounding green area should have been video monitored by Scher. The complex media installation was never carried out, plans no longer exist as well.

 

Now Scher calls forth the memory of the scheme anew and initiates a conceptual advancement, presenting it at Neuer Aachener Kunstverein. Entitled Delta she links park and Kunstverein in a site-specific installation. Applied in the process are classic ways of observation as well as modern technology, taking the shape of voice-operated smart speakers, internalizing today’s duality of consensus and control. In this seemingly discomforting combination Scher’s artworks are significantly prevailing and contemporary, though staying ambivalent in their debate about the idea of permanent supervision  at the same time. Besides the dangers of by now sophisticated technical systems the works display a concurrent fascination, a downright longing for electronic supervision and the thus involved power structures and ideologies. Hence fear and dread are mixed with a subliminal desire for regulated superintendence and transfer of control. The social mechanisms of control and dynamics in the public space are purposefully questioned.

 

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