STAY INSPIRED with Julian Rosefeldt

A conversation between the Sammlung Goetz and the artist about daily motivation and inspiration



What is your daily motivation, Julian Rosefelfdt?

Keeping my three children happy. Children are a magnifying glass of the effects of the pandemic on one's condition in these times. Giving them more time and attention requires more energy than usual, but ultimately puts you in a good mood despite moments of stress.

Where do you get your inspiration in these times?

From literature. Museums and galleries are closed, meetings with friends are still limited, and traveling is almost completely not possible. Therefore I read a lot more than I did before the pandemic, but most of the books are research for my work.

What are you working on at the moment?

My projects often take one to two years from the idea to the realization, sometimes even longer. The pandemic has only extended this time frame, because everything had to be postponed. Right now I'm working on three projects, all of which have their origins in the time before Corona: an opera and two film installations. And I see my class at the Munich Art Academy online every week. Because of the kids at home, I have less time than usual, but with other distractions gone, it's a still reasonably focused work, albeit slower than usual. Overall, I experience this slowdown as a benefit. Realization from the downtime: most of the stress I had always attributed to outside pressure was ultimately self-generated. I don't necessarily want this stress back when the pandemic is over.

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