Julian WEBER

Residency Program

Exchange Residency Program (International creators from abroad)

update: 2021.1.26

Julian WEBER

Participating ProjectExchange Residency Program (Creators invited from abroad) 
Activity Based Germany
CityTokyo *Online Residency
Period 2021.1 - 2021.3
Purpose of the residency

I want to deepen my trans-disciplinary approach and bring the often still separated disciplines of sculpture and dance closer together. I want to further develop my research on posthuman discourses and analyze differences and similarities of german and japanese culture on the example of traditional dances. Thereby it's important for me to go a step further than just reconstructing old traditions, but develop a new hybrid form by interlacing these different approaches. By developing art for nonhuman recepients and understanding the occupation with otherness as a possible creative force, I hope to dismantle prejudices and fears towards the unknown.

Plan during the residency
  • Daily routine of moving, researching, choreographing extraterrestrial-mating-dances
  • Develop an archive of video-documentation of the movement-research
  • Connect with artists from Japan and get into a dialogue about the work
Activities during the online residency
  • Regular research on alien mating dances in my studio with film-recordings
  • Sharing these recordings with TOKAS. Having zoom-meetings with TOKAS every 2 weeks and sharing and discussing my process
  • Developing a dialogue with Tokyo based artist-collective MIRA
  • Creating a ping-pong exchange with MIRA and in this way influence each other’s development
  • Conceptualizing and planning the final event of the residency

Online meeting with TOKAS staff

Outcome of the online residency

I went deeper into the research around alien mating dances, discovering and defining more the power of mixing facts and fiction and playing with established codes and aesthetics, especially from social media, to create a very mixed but still specific artistic language. I developed quite a big collection of material, which I can definitely continue working with and unfold further into more complex constructions. In the future, I want to push the idea of understanding the developed artistic content as an open source and put it out into the world. I’m particularly interested in seeing how other people with different bodies and backgrounds interpret, and in this way also change my work. I would like to understand the work as a collective movement, therefore I would like to spread it more and involve more bodies and perspectives. Therefore the exchange with MIRA in Japan was very fruitful.

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