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Rudelius, Julika (Artist) & Lutticken, Sven (Contributor). JULIKA RUDELIUS: LOOKING AT THE OTHER AND FIVE VIDEO WORKS. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Valiz Publishers, 2005. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 104 pages. As New.

Retrospective collection of video works. Now considered a contemporary art classic. The first and only edition. Published in a small and limited print run as a softcover original only. A handsome production by Julika Rudelius: Oversize-volume format. Pictorial softcovers with titles on cover and spine, as issued. Art by Julika Rudelius. Essay by Sven Lutticken. Biography and Bibliography appended at the end. Printed on thick coated stock paper in Amsterdam, The Netherlands to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Presents six of the finest and most representative video art by the Dutch artist: "Looking At the Other", "Train 20", "The Highest Point", "Tagged", Your Blood Is Red As Mine", and "Economic Primacy". The complete text of each video is beautifully and felicitously translated into English, and rightly so, because the spoken word is as important (and in some cases, more important) as the visual elements. Julika Rudelius' videos are a cross between a vignette and a short story; they all have a riveting "plot", like any mainstream film. But they are not films in the sense that their aim is not to provide entertainment or "escape". They are works of art whose aim is the exact opposite: To confront contemporary reality and through each video's concept, realization, and presentation, to offer an aesthetic experience. Rudelius' theme is sameness, recognizing oneself in the other (the so-called "doppelganger effect") rather than the classic Self versus alien Other divide. We have become one Global Village without even trying, but Marshall McLuhan surely did not anticipate (and would not have liked) the reductive ways in which this "globalization" has taken place. Rudelius' singular achievement is to mirror contemporary reality partly by using speech much more than someone like say, Matthew Barney (his deliberately wordless videos remind one of great silent films) thereby underscoring the near-identical similarity between two or more videos of seemingly very different people: "Tagging" is about handsome and fashion-conscious Morrocan teenagers adjusting to Western life by spending all their money on brand-name tags. "Economic Primacy" is about white, wealthy executives and businessmen who spend a lot of time unconsciously trying to look exactly like the next respectable businessman. "Looking At The Other" is about four men on a train talking about the women they are having sex with. It's sexist braggadocio, with a strong undercurrent of homoeroticism: The guys are talking dirty to arouse each other. A "must-have" title for Julika Rudelius collectors. This is an Import title and is now collectible. This is one of very few copies still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. One of the most important living video artists. A flawless copy. (SEE ALSO VANESSA BEECROFT, SOPHIE CALLE, AND MATTHEW BARNEY TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 9078088052. $50.00

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