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Julia Wolf

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Major project:

Performing Proximity

Drone-imagery functions as a shorthand transmitter of data and requires a different understanding of ‘looking’. Today, we are either framed by our devices or by a placeholder of our body, like an avatar. Operational images produced by machines, like drones, are meant to be read by other machines and therefore require multiple ‘eyes’. Navigation is a critical term here and requires a non-phallocentric logic of thinking. We move away from the image as we know it and have to start questioning the framework of evaluation itself.


  • At a moment of political change, brought to bear by the unchecked growth of the technosphere and the emergence of 'surveillance capital', our bodies and human experiences are circulating faster than ever. Developing from a dual recognition of emergent philosophical paradigms and the increasing performative preoccupation of contemporary art, my practice seeks to reassess how the performative body might be used as a tool of resistance to meaningfully generate greater agency and sensuous forms of collectivity. Beyond merely generating content and leveraging the body as a nostalgic artefact of a bygone era, the practice aims to actively incorporate our bodily visceral-ness into the framework of relentless technological progress.

  • Previous degrees

  • MA Contemporary Photography: Practices and Philosophies, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, 2017; BA History of Art, University of Vienna, 2015
  • Sponsors

  • SPILAG Berufsbekleidung GmbH
  • Collaborators

  • Anni Katrin Elmer; Janis Lejins; Célia Hay; Lena Heubusch; Niloofar Taatizadeh; Pearlie Frisch
Royal College of Art