Master Class: Julia Scher

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Master Class: Julia Scher
Julia Scher, Always There, 1994. From Scher’s 'Surveillance Beds' series. Courtesy of Esther Schipper.


For more than 30 years, Julia Scher has interrogated surveillance, addressing it as a concrete phenomenon of control, as well as its impact on private and public spheres. Through discussing her practice, which encompasses performance, sound and large-installations, she gives insight into a pioneering and anticipatory career that remains as sharply relevant today as it was in the mid-1980s.

Julia Scher was born in 1954 in Hollywood, CA. She studied at the University of Minnesota, in Minneapolis and at the University of California, Los Angeles. She has had solo exhibitions at Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis and MoMA PS1 in New York. Recent group shows include those at Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, NY, MAMCO, Geneva, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin and Kunstmuseum Bonn. She is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, including, most recently, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Preservation Grant for Media Arts in 2005. Scher's work in held in numerous collections, such as those of Ballroom Marfa, Texas, Centre Pompidou Paris, MoMA PS1, New York and SFMoMA, San Francisco, among many others. She has taught and lectured extensively, and has been Professor for Multimedia Performance Surveillant Architectures at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne.

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