Six questions for
Julius Pristauz

Tique asks six questions to an artist about their work and inspiration.
This week: Julius Pristauz.

Artist Julius Pristauz
Lives in Vienna, Austria

How do you describe your own art practice?

I work in a variety of media but recently am focused on performance pieces and moving image as opposed to my continuous work on installations and sculptures.
And I repeatedly curate exhibitions. Sometimes I say that I perceive my artistic work to be very curatorial and my curatorial work to be rather artistic. I’m generally interested in a lot of different creative outlets. I obsess over selection processes and the combination of various contents.

Which question or theme is central in your work?

I am thinking a lot about how we construct identities of different kinds, in a broader sense how we stage matters of representation and structure communication, language, images, fashion, etc. What bias is inherent to these things? How can they be manipulative and who do certain ideas, regulations and norms serve? What is privacy these days? Who is “the public”? What role does popular culture play? What are the nuances?
While these questions accompany my creative processes a lot, I also comment on various circumstantial things depending on each context I move in.

What was your first experience with art?

To be honest, I cannot remember a particular moment, maybe it was the Teletubbies or something. I come from a background where sports were much more present than let’s say musical education or any other form of creative exercise. I ended up dancing and even competing professionally for a big part of my childhood and teenage years which had a lasting impact on me.

What is your greatest source of inspiration?

I couldn’t name one single source but generally everyday life, my friends and social settings. The subversion of categories and binaries, embracing differences and finding similarities. And of course art in all its forms…

What do you need in order to create your work?

A strong sense of self that is still in touch with its wider environment. And some input material to bounce off.

What work or artist has most recently surprised you?

I have now repeatedly visited exhibitions presenting video works by Tony Cokes. I was impressed by how his simple but so carefully conjured joint displays of language and music made me feel. The pieces managed to leave a lasting impact on me every time.

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