AR lunch hour — julia scher

JSCHER Julia Scher. Predictive Engineering3, 1998. SFMOMA. Image courtesy of the artist.

artistic research lunch hour

Julia Scher – Surveillant Architectures in Pink

March 21

12:30pm to 1:30pm


Julia Scher presents a lecture performance on multi-media architecture and discusses three decades of engineering, displaying, and responding to surveillance, the viewer’s desire to be seen or not seen, the museum’s limits, and if aliens are a part of the picture.

As part of her work on security and surveillance, Scher has produced audio-visual commentary on the rise of new spatial constructions such as  “the Homeland,” “security zone,” and “barrier cell.” Her art projects have taken the form of interactive installations, reformulated surveillance systems, site tours, interventions, performances, photography, writing, web work, linear video, and sound. Sound projects have included spoken word, performance lectures, and comedy. Scher has exhibited at the Kunstmuseum Bonn, Venice Biennale, ZKM Karlsrule, Whitney Biennial, Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus, Ohio), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, Minnesota), Tapias Museum, (Barcelona), Museo Reina Sofia (Madrid), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Museé d’art Moderne (Paris), Künstlerhaus (Stuttgart), Kölnischer Kunstverein, and the ICA in London.

Scher is the recipient of grants and fellowships including the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship for Installation Art, 2005, and the Bunting Institute Fellowship for Surveillance Studies at Harvard/Radcliffe College. She currently serves as Professor of Multimedia Performance/Surveillant Architectures at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne, where she is responsible for the Surveillant Architectures Group, and the team, Repair for Life.

Her upcoming book, Durational Aesthetics, is due out this year.