Live performance I Stand In (2013).


Julie Vulcan, I Stand In. Venice International Performance Art Week (2014). Photograph by Monika Sobczak.


Born in 1966 in Sydney. Lives and works in Sydney, Australia.

Julie Vulcan is an interdisciplinary artist working in performance and installation, site responsive, and durational forms. She is interested in how we remember, record and pass on information through our bodies, our actions and our traces and to what extent we are held accountable. Vulcan has a solo practice as well as a long history working with several performance collectives since 1993. She is a mentor, director and facilitator. Julie Vulcan is one half of SQUIDSILO a collaborative platform for exploring crossovers in the physical and virtual and founder of base-metal a new performance art platform for presentation, critical dialogue and exchange.

At the VENICE INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART WEEK, Vulcan will present the long durational performance work I Stand In, in honour of the forgotten, misplaced, unrecovered and removed. Volunteer participants 'stand in' for a faceless individual while Julie consecutively attends to each one enacting a stylised 'corpse-washing' ritual. Over time the physical remains of the activity - oil imprinted shrouds - accumulate in the space as a ghostly testimony to the lost. The audience connection with the artists touch on each individual body eventually transcends this ritual for the dead into a ritual for living.






Julie Vulcan, I Stand In. Installation view. Venice International Performance Art Week (2014). Photograph by Monika Sobczak.



Curated by Leisa Shelton | Fragment31.


This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.




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