Julia Cremers

I am interested in the connection between a ruin and the present; between the leftovers of human events and the current day. I am interested in the touristic journeys we undertake and the traces we leave when we visit historical sites in foreign countries. The relation between the mental image we have of a place, shaped by pictures, films, stories, and the actuality. I am interested in the correlation between what we see on our computer screens and the physical reality. The role of the artist. I am interested too, in digital remnants of human activity: which Facebook posts we view more than ten seconds; events we have followed. The digital traces of cultural identities; our digital unconsciousness. Did you know that everything that exists online has a physical presence (where it is stored), and that this physical object usually has an owner? This physical presence might stop functioning. Who knows?

I am interested in things or places that have stopped functioning. Locations of which the original reason for their being has faded when the context changed. Tourist destinations that include historical sites. Holiday resort Sunny Beach in Bulgaria, which is crowded in the summer season and deserted during the wintertime. Or former concentration camp Płaszów in Poland, which is a beautiful park nowadays. Even art museums, where the work of art presumably arrives at its final destination, often resemble graveyards to me. But who knows; maybe this artwork-compost sprouts something new.

My works often develop during physical trips I undertake and document. The past year I visited Poland, Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Germany, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands and Norway. I mainly work with video, text and photography. I have also built a little shed out of wood and windows I found on the streets, inside my living room, in which I now work and sleep. Often my artworks consist of a performative and life element, for example a silent film accompanied by life music. I work with subjects such as desolateness, loss and shifts in value, while being interested in physical leftovers that can hopefully be recycled in the creation of new meaning.

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