Julia Nordolz

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PlantasiaHH

Collective urban plant painting

Artist Residency at Werkhaus Münzviertel e.V.

04 – 08 I 2023

„But the plant never lapses into mere sober objectivity; it shapes and forms according to logic and expediency and forces everything with elemental force into the highest artistic form“.

Karl Blossfeldt, 1865 – 1932

Urban nature is diverse and cosmopolitan. Many rare species of flora grow right on our streets. In the Münzviertel district, around the main railway station, in Hammerbrook and St. Georg, we discover a unique assortment of rare flora growing on roadsides, kerbs, walls, wasteland and in the crevices of paved squares.

From the beginning of June to the end of August, Hamburg artist Julia Nordholz was an artist in residency at Werkhaus. On joint project days, herb expeditions were undertaken through Hammerbrook and the Münzviertel, herbs were identified, mapped on a wall poster and seed bombs prepared and sown. Transcultural knowledge about medicinal plants was shared and a Werkhaus tea was prepared. The seeds for the project were collected in the spring from various seed fairs and initiatives.

Werkhaus Münzviertel is a low-threshold service for young adults up to the age of 27 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and for whom existing training and social services are unsuitable. It is also a drop-in centre, especially for young adults who have fled their country of origin and are currently in the asylum process, for example.

Fluorescent Bodhi

Audiowork (12:38min.)
2021

Release Date: 8th February 2021
Annual Exhibition HFBK / Hamburg
Klasse Melián “28 Reisen um mein Zimmer”

www.mediathek.hfbk.net/l2go/-/get/v/231

The Truth of Poetry

Audiowork (4:20min.)
2019

Release Date: 7th February 2019
Annual Exhibition, HFBK Hamburg

Contains parts of Allan Ginsberg’s Reading
(29 January, 1959 / Chicago)

Link: www.tinyurl.com/bdcu49pm

Vehicle

Audiovisual installation
(3:05 min.)
Feburary 2020
Annual Exhibition,
HFBK Hamburg

Title “Objects Looking Back”
In cooperation with MARKK
Museum am Rothenbaum.
Kulturen und Künste der Welt

Link: https://vimeo.com/434133230

Myths from the Future

Conceptual Exhibition

06. – 10.06.2019
HFBK Gallery, Hamburg

with Mette Bjørndal Velling
Mixed Media Installation / Performace

Plexiglas, metal, prisms, crystals, rice cracker,
slide projector, ventilator, sound system,
beamer, glasses, water, book “The Myth of Sysyphus”
of Albert Camus.

Audio 40:00min.
Video 27:00min.

Link: www.vimeo.com/434122492

Front: Spotlights, Nails, Rice-Crackers, Prisms
Front: Pedestal, 3 Glasses (half-full with water) Background: Book “Der Mythos von Sisyphos” (Albert Camus) behind glass plate

In the centre of the darkened HFBK gallery, a metal arch with an implemented plexiglass crystal was positioned. The crystal serves as a projection surface for the video screening. In the video excerpt, the face of a woman appears who recites quotes from science fiction novels at irregular intervals. The room is filled with a sound installation. One hears analogue instrument recordings processed by synthesizers, the rustling of a tambourine, embedded in a slightly pulsating beat. On the walls of the gallery, one sees the light projection of mirrored prisms rotating in themselves. These were hung over the gallery’s platform in front of a slide projector. A fan provides the permanent rotation. Twelve reading lamps illuminate prismatic rice crackers. These are mounted on the walls at regular intervals at a height of 1.70m.

In one corner of the gallery, the open book “The Myth of Sisyphus” (Albert Camus) is clamped behind a pane of glass.

In the performance that took place on the opening evening, Julia Nordholz walks every hour with a glass of water to a pedestal that has been positioned in the immediate vicinity of the book. On the pedestal are three glasses, each half-filled with water. Now the

water is poured from the glass brought along from the first, to the second and further to the third glass. Finally, the water that has arrived in the third glass is poured back into the transport glass, so that all three glasses are left half-filled again on the pedestal.

Visitors to the exhibition were offered absinthe and rice crackers for tasting at a bar located in the room.

Take #9

Size: 10 cm
Material: Ink on Paper & Video

Part of the Group Exhibition “Transparenzen”
at HFBK Online Gallery
https://www.online-gallery.hfbk.net/exhibition.html?exhibition=transparencies1

Pt. I contains the first 5 of 9 messages. (15.07. – 01.09.2020)
Pt. II reveals the last 4 of 9 messages. (17.09.2020 – 03.11.2020)

Galerie Genscher 09 I 2020

SP2 Galerie Berlin 08 I 2020

Online

Pt. I contains the first 5 of 9 messages. (15.07. – 01.09.2020)
Pt. II reveals the last 4 of 9 messages. (17.09.2020 – 03.11.2020)

3D-Draft // Online Exhibition

“Something that awakens memories of school days appears in Take #9. In the online and offline exhibition are hidden a series of digital cheat sheets. If you click on one of the small digital balls, a video opens in each case, in which hands open a note. In a successive process and extending over several slips of paper, a poem unfolds. In it, a message is transmitted from unknown sender to unknown recipient. The messages can be read in different ways. The translation of the material occurs on several levels. All notes are transformed into digital notes, which in turn appear in the videos in their analog form.”
— Verena Issel

Transparenzen #offline SP2 Gallery, Berlin (02. - 09.08.2020) Galerie Genscher, Hamburg (17. - 20.09.2020)

1 Ginkgo Biloba

Soundinstallation and Performance

Solo Exhibition “1 Ginkgo Biloba”
In context of the Art Off Hamburg
13th – 15th of August 2021

Galerie Genscher, Hamburg 

Fotos: Maik Carstensen

www.galerie-genscher.com/2021/08/1-ginkgo-biloa

Tree planting and eating leaves performance

In the garden of the Galerie Genscher the recipients enter a 4-point loudspeaker installation. The speakers, hidden in the trees and bushes, fill the space with a 30-minute sound experience. Trees and birds communicate with each other at different distances. Effects are used in the 12-track sound production, causing the voices to appear distant and enchanted in places, and clear and close in others. In a performance, a ginkgo tree is planted, ginkgo tea and leaves are served, and tasted.

Willow Herb

Part of the exhibition Delta Divergence
by Sohorab Rabbey
together with Amber Hahn

Sound installation & Tea performance

4-point loudspeaker installation
45min. loop

9th – 23rd of July 2022
raum linksrechts, Gängeviertel, Hamburg

www.raumlinksrechts.com/2022/05/31/delta-divergence

“‘Delta Divergence’ is an installative spatial experiment on the destabilization of land, water and nature with the human encounter in their material properties and qualities. The tension between materials, objects, history and their performative forms in the space will be nurtured. How traditional cultivation processes and playful symbiosis between earth and life are manipulated and interrupted by the extractive economy will be questioned. Drawing a line between colonial past and precarious ecological future, this exhibition equally remorse and rejuvenates the human spirit beyond anthropocentrism.”
— Sohorab Rabbey, 2022

The sound performance and installation consists of the live recording of the plant waves of the willow herb, a plant that is supposed to be the first plant to grow after a wildfire. While the meditative sounds of the plant resonate in the room, a willow herb tea is prepared and all present receive a glass to drink together.

The sound installation mirrors the willow herb wave sound and communicates to the installation by Sohorab Rabbey in the exhibition space.

Heide

Soundperformance and installation
& Tea ceremony

11.06.2022

Group Exhibition “Heide”
23rd of April – 11th of June 2022

Springhornhof, Neuenkirchen, Lüneburger Heide

https://springhornhof.de/bataklik-brezo-heath-hede-heide- %e8%8d%92%e9%87%8e-lande

The sound performance and installation consists of the live recording of the sonifications of the plant heath, a plant that grows in the Nature Conservation Park Lüneburger Heide. While the meditative sounds of the plant resonate in the Springhornhof garden, a heath tea is prepared and all present receive a glass to drink together.

Der Billeberg

Sculpture sound installation

In the context of the
Sculpture Projekts Exhibition
Hippocampus 2022
17. – 24.09.2022

sound loop 33:33 min.
Topsoil & healing plants

Rudervereinigung Bille
Bei der Grünen Brücke 3, Hamburg
www.tinyurl.com/4tcjesa7

For the ‘Bergfest’ while the vernissage on September 17, 2022, the effect of the plants
could also be experienced auditorily. The sound installation is a composition of sonifications
of biological data of the plants. On 24. September 2022 a harvest celebration took place.

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Verantwortlich:

Julia Nordholz – 20097 Hamburg / Germany

mail@julianordholz.de

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Ribwort, cranesbill, chickweed and daisies

Composition of sonifications of seven plants

Group exhibition “Clear River Calm Sea”
St. Katharinen Hauptkirche, Hamburg
11.12.2022

Soundinstallation and performance: 33min.
Photos: Franziska Brodhun

Audiofile in GoogleDrive folder:
www.tinyurl.com/mwupesv9

The sound installation is a composition of sonifications of biological data of the plants and the transformation into sounds of analogue and digital instruments. In a performative form, the plants that grow around the exhibition space were connected with sensors and synthesizers. In the live recording, a composition of different plant voices is created, a meditative soundscape.

After the soundscape was heard, there was a tea ceremony. I brewed a tea consisting of the plants that were audible at that moment. For this I have set up a kind of altar situation. With singing bowls and incense, I invited people to join in the tea ritual. For my performances I used a samovar and my own self-made tea service (pot and tea bowls made of earthenware).

Breathe In II Breathe Out

Part I
Happening at Gallery Hinterconti, Hamburg
(04.07.2020)

Part II
Group Exhibition at Xpon-Art Gallery, Hamburg
(16. – 31.07.2020)

Part III
Performance at Xpon-Art Gallery, Hamburg
(23.07.2020)

Fotos: Kathrin Klein

Sitting on the cushions in the shop window of the X-Pon-Art gallery, the visitors have the opportunity to listen to the audio piece via the headphones. In the cross-legged position, they are able to follow to the inhaling and exhaling of the people who breathed together in the happening a month earlier in the Hinterconti Gallery. The view of the recipients goes from the window bench either out of the gallery onto the street.

Part of the work was a collective breathing happening. On the floor of the entrance
hall, 8 people at a time were invited to breathe together for 15 minutes together on a
large sheet of linen.

12 Birds in Trees

Composition for 12 birds

Collaboration with Dachhain Hamburg and WeField
27.08.2022

Soundinstallation for 12 Soundboxes and 12 mp3-players installed on the tree trunks.
12 x 30min. Bird talks

St. Katherinen Kirchhof, Hamburg
Mönckebergstrasse 2-4, Hamburg
www.bit.ly/3cwMxiJ

Fotos: Lea Mork

In a participatory procession of 50 trees the audio installation was heard. In cooperation with Dachhain Hamburg, WeField and the open collective LU’UM, the plants moved from St. Catherine’s Church through the city centre to the former Karstadt Sport building on 27 August 2022 via paths, streets and escalators to find a new home on the roof as a forest.

During the walk through the city centre, the sound installation could be heard between the trees. The quiet sounds of the tree forest and the birds mix with the sounds of the city centre. Each tree has been equipped with the voice of a bird species. The selected bird species are all endangered species of Hamburg’s inner city.

Start at St. Katherinen Kirchhof
Arrival of the trees on the roof

Birds recorded: Blackbird, Blue Tit, Lapwing, Swift, House Martin,
Wood Pigeon, Robin, Avocet, Chaffinch, Starling, Sand Martin,
Peregrine Falcon, Wren

Transceiver

interactive audio-sculpture
installation / Audiopiece
(5:11min.)
2020

Release Date: 29th October 2020
Exhibition “Hermes Hemmnis”

Galerie Grindelalle, Hamburg

Fotos: Tim Albrecht

Floating Transmissions

Radio Sound Art Festival

02. — 10.09.2023
https://floatingtransmissions.de 
https://www.instagram.com/floatingtransmissions

Artistic Direction & Concept
Funded by Behörde für Kultur und Medien Hamburg

At the beginning of September 2023, the MS Stubnitz was transformed into a floating radio station. In experimental artistic formats, the “river space” was broadcasted via FM and other protocols. Around 70 participating artists presented their work. The result was a live radioart programme consisting of artistic contributions – from multimedia sound sculptures to immersive performances on the Elbe and Bille rivers with cross-city broadcasts. Alongside sound installations that explored the city’s soundscapes in a variety of ways, workshops and participatory projects that develop in a processual way took place.

Participating artists: Benjamin van Bebber, DinahBird & Jean-Philippe Renoult (Radio Revolten), Dong Zhou, Eliza Wagener, Felicity Mangan, Felix Jung, Felix Kubin, Felix Raeithel, Gabi Schaffner, Hermes Hemmnis, Hye-Eun Kim, Jack Bardwell, Jacopo Assam, Jan Wegmann, Junya Fuyita, Alexander Iliashenko, Alex Hawthorn, Kathrin Dröppelmann, Konstantin Bessonov, Kurt Auffermann, Leo Hofmann, Lina von Jarun- towski, Liv Neumann, Ludwig Bergerm Lukatoyboy, Maren Stocklöw, Margaux Weiß, Michaela Melián, Michael Dietrich, Michael Schroller, Monika Orpik, Museum of No Art, Niko de Paula Lefort, Nina Gohl, Pablo Diserens, Paula Schopf, Peter D. Abayomi, Phuong-Dan, Radna Rumping, Sarah Washington, Sophie Allerding, Tilo Kremer, Ulf Freyhoff. (among others)

Sound Performance Ludwig Berger
Sound Performance Konstantin Bessonov & Museum of No Art

FLOATING TRANSMISSIONS presented aesthetic approaches as a “floating radio station” to enable sensory experiences with auditory media in immersive environments. The programme, which temporarily floats on the Elbe and Bille rivers, is complemented by concert evenings and curated sound listening sessions with Hamburg DJs and labels. The formats were transmitted on Floating Transmissions Radio, Freies Sender Kombinat FSK, HALLO: Radio and TIDE.radio, as well as on independent radio stations across Germany.

Radio Performance on the deck of the MS Stubnitz Video Still: NDR Hamburg

Sound Performance Felicity Mangan
Radio Performance on the deck of the MS Stubnitz Video Still: NDR Hamburg
Sound Performance Hermes Hemmnis
Sound installation Kremer, Freyhoff, Raeithel, Sassen

Listening Green Lines in Grey Floors

/ NEW NOW FESTIVAL

Performance / Soundinstallation
Zeche Zollverein, UNESCO Weltkulturerbe, Essen

01. — 04.06.2023 

Fotos: Dirk Rose

During a walk through the colliery grounds, various herbs and pioneer plants were touched and identified. The subsequent synaesthetic tea-sound performance consists of a tea ritual in which the plants were also experienced aurally. The sound installation is a composition of sonifications of biological data of the plants and the transformation into sounds of analogue and digital instruments.

NEW NOW is a biennial festival for digital art at the UNESCO World Heritage Zollverein. It transforms the coking plant into a production site for digital art. NEW NOW invited artists under the topic Hyper Natural Forces to show new works in this environment and to produce site-specific works.

COASTS & SHORES

CURRENT ARTISTIC PROJECT

2019 – ongoing

Video- & Soundinstallation with Sculptures, silicone and plaster moulds

Lauenburg
moulder of the Elbe river

Since 2019, I have been documenting direct water contact points on the coasts and shores of seas, lakes and rivers in various cities and countries, including Lagos (Nigeria), Massiaru (Estonia), Marseille (France), Kiel, Lauenburg (Germany) and others.

Shoal

Video- & Soundinstallation

Group exhibition “Planetary Thinking” in collaboration with
the Goethe Institute Nigeria and the University of Lagos
28.10.2022

Video Installation: 3:30min video loop
252 empty plastic water bottles, nylon cord, fan

Lagoon Gallery, Lagos, Nigeria

www.thenationonlineng.net/unilag-hosts-student-artists-from-german-nigeria

Link: https://vimeo.com/874591545

A curtain of 21 hanging water bottle chains serves as a projection surface for a three-min- ute video loop. It shows the waves of water in the Lagos lagoon, the transition from land to sea. The visual composition is supported by the sound of the waves and a fan that makes the curtain of bottles vibrate slightly.

Lagos produces around 13,000 tonnes of waste every day. Much of it is plastic bottles, which often end up in the waterways, blocking natural drainage as they make their way to the sea.

The Wavvves

Soundinstallation Massia, Massiaru, Estonia

Sonic Garden Sound Workshop Exhibition
20. — 29.07.2023

Multichannel Soundinstallation
for 8 Soundspeakers in 8 trees, 10min. loop

Includes voice and field recordings with special microphones.
Recorded over several days in a bog near Massiaru, Estonia.

Funded by Erasmus+ in cooperation with EKA (Estonian Academy of Arts)

Link: https://vimeo.com/874597885

During a residency in Massia, Estonia, and a week-long stay deep in the bog in the Massiaru area, a multichannel sound collage was created, depicting the ripples of the bog water and conveying the intimate perceptual situation created by the isolation. The site of the installation is the entrance hall of the former Massia School, now a residence for artists. Eight loudspeakers are installed on the trees of the entrance avenue for the multichannel sound work. Upon entering the avenue, the impression is of diving into a tunnel of waves. Walking through the avenue, the acoustic waveform plays with the movement of the body and the ears between the trees.

Loudspeaker installation in eight trees in the entrance hall of the former school
The bog near Massiaru served as a source of inspiration and as the location for the field recordings.

Mellifluous Signs

Mellifluous Signs II

Multichannel Soundinstallation

07 I 2023
Graduate Show HFBK, Hamburg

3 fog effects and light dimmer modulation 10min. loop

In cooperation with Alfred Wegener Institut (AWI) Bremerhaven,
Scripps Institute San Diego and ETH Zürich

Fotos: S. Hendricks (AWI Bremerhaven)
Video documentation: Sarah Drath

Link: https://vimeo.com/874175234

The immersive audio installation Mellifluous Signs turns the melting of glaciers into a multi-sensory experience. The 10-minute quadraphonic 4.1 multichannel audio installation consists of field recordings of various sonic phenomena of melting glacier ice. In collaboration with the Alfred Wegener Institute in Bremerhaven (AWI), the Scripps Institute of Oceanography in San Diego and the Institute for Landscape and Urban Studies (LUS) at ETH Zurich, Nordholz was provided with sound recordings from the Morteratsch Glacier in the Swiss Alps and the Arctic in Greenland. The recordings were made using a variety of techniques, including special recordings with hydrophones, underwater microphones, waterproof Lavier microphones, contact microphones and the like.

These different recordings are arranged into a symphony – a kind of requiem for the glaciers in a 31-track composition that increases in “melting intensity” over time and repeats itself in the form of a loop. An introductory “drop symphony” is heard, which on a metaphorical level appear as tears and merge into a flow. Different flow speeds and strengths rub against each other until the fine bursting of air bubbles in the ice becomes more present and a singing and humming of the ice becomes audible. This type of oscillation or vibration can be recorded in glacial ice when ice melt increases dramatically, similar to a volcano about to erupt. These humming (warning) signals lead to the calving of the ice shelf into the ocean. The resulting low frequencies are felt in the room on white pedestals and on the floor as vibrations. In the context of climate change, these sounds can be interpreted as acoustic signals of the memento mori. The use of floor mist, which over time turns into haze and rises and floats in the uniformly white space, completes the immersive experience, making the consequences of climate change multi-layered and synaesthetic.

Soundinstallation Part I

ClimateArtFest 2022, 08. — 16.10.2022
Arca Futuris, Sandtorhafen, HafenCity, Hamburg
www.climateartfe.st

Audiopiece for 2 Soundboxes, 60min. loop

In cooperation with the Alfred Wegener Institut (AWI) Bremerhaven, the Scripps Institute in San Diego and the ETH Zürich

Fotos: Maximilian Glas

Mellifluous Signs

Mellifluous Signs II

Multichannel Soundinstallation

07 I 2023
Graduate Show HFBK, Hamburg

3 fog effects and light dimmer modulation 10min. loop

In cooperation with Alfred Wegener Institut (AWI) Bremerhaven,
Scripps Institute San Diego and ETH Zürich

Fotos: S. Hendricks (AWI Bremerhaven)
Video documentation: Sarah Drath

Link: https://vimeo.com/874175234

The immersive audio installation Mellifluous Signs turns the melting of glaciers into a multi-sensory experience. The 10-minute quadraphonic 4.1 multichannel audio installation consists of field recordings of various sonic phenomena of melting glacier ice. In collaboration with the Alfred Wegener Institute in Bremerhaven (AWI), the Scripps Institute of Oceanography in San Diego and the Institute for Landscape and Urban Studies (LUS) at ETH Zurich, Nordholz was provided with sound recordings from the Morteratsch Glacier in the Swiss Alps and the Arctic in Greenland. The recordings were made using a variety of techniques, including special recordings with hydrophones, underwater microphones, waterproof Lavier microphones, contact microphones and the like.

These different recordings are arranged into a symphony – a kind of requiem for the glaciers in a 31-track composition that increases in “melting intensity” over time and repeats itself in the form of a loop. An introductory “drop symphony” is heard, which on a metaphorical level appear as tears and merge into a flow. Different flow speeds and strengths rub against each other until the fine bursting of air bubbles in the ice becomes more present and a singing and humming of the ice becomes audible. This type of oscillation or vibration can be recorded in glacial ice when ice melt increases dramatically, similar to a volcano about to erupt. These humming (warning) signals lead to the calving of the ice shelf into the ocean. The resulting low frequencies are felt in the room on white pedestals and on the floor as vibrations. In the context of climate change, these sounds can be interpreted as acoustic signals of the memento mori. The use of floor mist, which over time turns into haze and rises and floats in the uniformly white space, completes the immersive experience, making the consequences of climate change multi-layered and synaesthetic.

Soundinstallation Part I

ClimateArtFest 2022, 08. — 16.10.2022
Arca Futuris, Sandtorhafen, HafenCity, Hamburg
www.climateartfe.st

Audiopiece for 2 Soundboxes, 60min. loop

In cooperation with the Alfred Wegener Institut (AWI) Bremerhaven, the Scripps Institute in San Diego and the ETH Zürich

Fotos: Maximilian Glas