Villa Aurora Grant Recipients | 2024

Jan, Feb, Mar

Julian Rosefeldt | Visual Artist

Julian Rosefeldt | Image: Veronika Bures
Julian Rosefeldt | Image: Veronika Bures

Julian Rosefeldt studied architecture in Munich and Barcelona. His video and film works oscillate at the interface between narrative film and complex video art. He enjoyed worldwide success with his film installation Manifesto (2015), the cinema version of which had its world premiere at the Sundance Festival in 2017. Since 2010 Rosefeldt has been a member of the Film and Media Art Department at the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts, and since 2011 Professor of Media Art at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich.

The project "Euphoria," planned for his stay in Los Angeles, explores the question of why capitalism or the unleashed neoliberal market economy still seem to be without alternative, although we are aware of their negative effects on our lives. "Euphoria" is a kind of cinematic re-enactment of both pro- and anti-capitalist quotes from, among others, Karl Marx, Silvia Federici, Donna Haraway, Bruno Latour, Thomas Hobbes, William Faulkner, Socrates, John Steinbeck, Naomi Klein, Herbert Marcuse, Ursula K. Le Guin, Milton Friedman, Albert Einstein, Virginie Despentes, Mark Fisher, Warren Buffet, Rutger Bregman, Ayn Rand, Noam Chomsky, bell hooks, and Paul B. Preciado – spoken, sung, and performed by actors, choristers, and jazz drummers in unexpected contemporary contexts. After the premiere of the film installation, Rosefeld now wants to work on a movie version and conduct further research.

Julian Rosefeldt is Villa Aurora Fellow of Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg.

Selected Filmography
2021 | Penumbra
2017 | In the Land of Drought
2015 | Manifesto
2014 | Deep Gold

Selected Prizes and Awards
2018 | Scholarship at the German Academy Rome Villa Massimo
2018 | German Film Award: 3 Lolas for Manifesto: Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, and Best Make-up Design; Nomination for Best Cinematography/Picture Design
2017 | German Camera Award for Manifesto