Yulia | Julia Carolin Kothe – “Drifting through the haze, one might decide to focus on the garden’s shed”
TX: Wednesday, 30th August, 9pm – 10pm + Friday, 1st September, 9pm – 10pm
Drifting through the haze, one might decide to focus on the garden’s shed’ is a 56-minute radiophonic piece in which the listener can encounter an assemblage of tools in a shed or an analysis of a square metre’s vegetation.
As guests in this evolving sonic landscape, we navigate through deconstructed moods, personal memories, fractured voices, and field recordings harvested during a residency stay in a private garden somewhere in West Cork. Each step unveils a new facet of the garden’s array as we meander amidst the lush lawn and traverse the acoustic tunnel system.
Yulia’s collaboration with the local gardeners – Ralph Ferguson, Johann Gardener, Chris Mac Mahan, Bruv James Slash&Burn – informs the exploration, as they dig out, cultivate and display stories ranging from the eerie to the tender, the space between presence and absence, engine sounds, poems and coffee-filled cups.
Featuring the gardeners: Ralph Ferguson, Johann Gardener, Chris Mac Mahan, Bruv James Slash&Burn
… with special thanks to the gardeners, the Crespo Foundation (Ulrike Crespo), Lisa Fabian for joint jam sessions, Maria Kothe, Wolfgang Kothe and to Marcus Maeder for providing soil recordings of the garden.
© 2023, Yulia | Julia Carolin Kothe, Drifting through the haze, one might decide to focus on the garden’s shed, commissioned by radiophrenia and developed during the Glenkeen Garden Residency of the Crespo Foundation.
Yulia | Julia Carolin Kothe (*Gießen, DE) is a visual artist based between Glasgow (UK) and Frankfurt am Main (DE). She completed two Master’s degrees in sculpture with distinction at the Glasgow School of Art and Kunsthochschule Mainz, respectively. She is a studio holder at the Glasgow Sculpture Studios.
Julia Carolin Kothe works at the intersection of sculpture, installation, sound, text and performance. In her site-specific installations and spatial interventions, she explores the connections, discrepancies and tensions of temporal and spatial settings that incorporate elements of personal and collective memory, intersectional feminist theory and archival material. She is interested in relationships that materialise in spaces and in-between bodies, for instance between the physical and the digital, the human and the non-human, and the glitches that emerge between experience, memory, reality and fiction. Yulia (the sonic and performative echo of JCK) is curious about collaborative ways of working that lead to radio episodes, sound works, texts and publications on both physical and digital platforms.
Recent works have been shown internationally at French Street (Glasgow), Rosa Stern (Munich), Kunsthalle Mainz (Mainz), Queens Street Studios (Belfast), POKY – Institute of Contemporary Art (Mainz), Atletika Gallery (Vilnius), mañana bold (Offenbach a.M.) and Frankfurter Kunstverein (Frankfurt a.M.), among others. She has participated in a number of residencies, including the CCA: Creative Lab Residency (Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow), the Hospitalfield Graduate Programme (Arbroath) and is a fellow of the Stiftung Kunstfonds (working grant, Bonn).