Selected works by Julian Rosefeldt

Julian Rosefeldt
Soap Sample IX

2000-2001

Lambda print

130 x 130 cm
Julian Rosefeldt’s work reflects the artist’s fascination with day-to-day reality, and the stereotypes, clichés and mindless repetitions that suffuse popular culture. Since the mid-1990s Rosefeldt has been producing complex film and video installations, as well as photographs, through which we can observe from a cool, detached perspective the formulaic imagery and content that is generated by contemporary media.
Julian Rosefeldt
Soap Sample V

2000-2001

Lambda print

130 x 130 cm

Global Soap (2000-2001) was made by sifting through a massive collection of headshot stills taken from a source as contemporary and ubiquitous as reality shows: televised soap operas from around the world. The melodramatic expressions of the performers are ordered according to type, then sampled and re-edited into grid arrangements that form a kind of iconographic study of emotional codes, half real and half illusory, of our time. Rosefeldt’s analysis of the repetitive gestures, facial expressions and situations appearing again and again in the soaps points to the genre’s universal vocabulary and opera-like pace and choreography.

Julian Rosefeldt
Soap Sample VIII

2000-2001

Lambda print

130 x 130 cm

Rosefeldt has argued that ‘soaps have taken over the function of the church’ and, making an implicit reference to the work of German art historian Aby Warburg and his systematic study of the iconography of religious painting, he terms his distilled arrangements ‘icons of the media age’.

Julian Rosefeldt
Soap Sample VI

2000 - 2001

Lambda print

130 x 130 cm

In soaps, roles are polarised into familiar oppositions – the goodies and the baddies, innocence and guilt, victim and perpetrator– which override and overlook specific characteristics of ethnic and national identity. Warburg’s types and formats, his ‘formulas of pathos’, are re-contextualised into the modern age through Rosefeldt’s contemporary imagery, despite its highly contrived context.


Other Resources

artfacts.net
Additional information on Julian Rosefeldt

artfacts.net
BALTIC presents a large-scale video installationcomprising nine separate films that examine stereotypical perceptions of immigrants in Western Europe, by Germany artist Julian Rosefeldt, in Level 3 art space.

balticmill.com
Rosefeldt’s use of theatricality results in a series of beautiful scenes set in exotic and unusual locations. These contrast vividly with ideas of deprivation, emphasising the vulnerability of asylum seekers. The installation is a bold and disturbing work, which encourages the viewer to explore their own response to asylum.

tba21.org
A variety of images and film installation stills

contemporary-magazine.com
Profile: Julian Rosefeldt by David Thorp
In order to obtain the material for Global Soap (2001), Julian Rosefeldt approached the offices of the Goethe Institut around the world and asked them to record soap operas from their respective national television channels.

deutsche-bank-kunst.com
Television in the Form of a Pill: Julian Rosefeldt's image atlas
Sometimes a face from a soap opera can look like a painting by Caravaggio: in his work, Julian Rosefeldt, born in 1965, archives and analyzes television series and news programs and combines them to form a universal language.

goethe.de
Julian Rosefeldt: Asylum

Julian Rosefeldt: Asylum
Julian Rosefeldt "Global Soap"