DAAD Artist-in-Berlin Programme is 50

To mark the 50th anniversary of the DAAD Artist-in-Berlin Programme this year, we have invited a number of artists who have been guests of the DAAD to choose an image from their time in Berlin and explain it's significance to them. Canadian artist Judy Radul starts us off.

I was thinking about Television and what it may have been. Television became conjoined with the moon in my mind. One watches the moon and it looks back with its light-reflecting face. I thought, before there was TV, before artists, utopianists, and mass marketers could imagine people around the globe watching the same broadcast, those people were looking at the moon. I didn’t know then that Nam June Paik had made a work called The Moon is the Oldest TV in 1965. But when I found out, it made perfect sense. This is an image from my new short film entitled This is Television. It is the full moon as seen from Teufelsberg, the former spy-station-rubble-mountain at the edge of the Grünewald in Berlin.

Judy Radul was born in Lillooet, British Columbia, Canada. She has a B.A. in Fine and Performing Arts from Simon Fraser University and a MFA in Visual and Media Arts from Bard College, New York. She is represented by Catriona Jeffries Gallery and teaches at Simon Fraser University. In 2012/13 Radul was a guest of the DAAD Artist-in-Berlin Programme. Her interdisciplinary practice has recently focused on video installation but also includes sculpture, photography, performance and mixed media installations. Radul’s large-scale media installation World Rehearsal Court (2009) has been shown at: the Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery, U.B.C. Vancouver; the Generali Foundation, Vienna; Media City Seoul, Korea and Henie Onstad Art Center in Oslo, Norway. Related to this project, with Marit Paasche she co-edited a book of collected essays and images A Thousand Eyes: Media Technology, Law and Aesthetics (Sternberg Press, Berlin, 2011). Her latest works, involve an original computer controlled system for live and pre-recorded video. Radul has upcoming projects at the Baltic Art Centre, Sweden and REDCAT Gallery, Los Angeles. Her solo show at the DAAD Galerie, Berlin This is Television opens 6 September.

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