Julia Scher – Filzengraben Boulevard LP
Conjuring Gloria Swanson’s role as former-silent film actress Norma Desmond in the 1950 Hollywood classic “Sunset Boulevard,” Julia Scher’s “Filzengraben Boulevard” weaves autobiography with melodramatic fiction.
Delivered over Zoom from her bed in Cologne, Germany, Scher recalls pivotal memories that have influenced her work. Recollections of her father as a mattress salesman in Burbank, California. Casualties of the film industry. Encounters with art. Warhol’s Brillo Boxes at the LACMA Pop Art show in 1968. Waitressing at Max’s Kansas City in 1975.
Voices interrupt like car navigation systems. “Director, please wait.” Scher is working from a prepared text. The storytelling is generous and at times a cut-up. Speaking through a head-set, now she’s a fighter pilot. Machine gun rhythms. Technology and war. Installing in Paris. The start of the first Gulf War.
The album cover is white and the title text is embossed. Nearly invisible. The artist warmly remembers a cousin that while blind, could pick-out LPs from his collection based on their specific feeling. The cover is housed in a black PVC bag. Semi-waterproof for outer space or refugee travel.
The lecture was organized by Elisa R. Linn and hosted by Center for Experimental Lectures. A video of the performance can be viewed at: vimeo.com/490029487
LP design by Maja Larsson
Julia Scher (b. 1954 in Hollywood, California, USA, lives and works in Cologne, Germany). Solo exhibitions include Kunsthalle Zürich, Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis and MoMA PS1 in New York. Recent group shows include 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 has taught and lectured extensively, and has been Professor for Multimedia Performance Surveillant Architectures at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne.
LP and poster in PVC zipper bag. Edition of 300