Julie Weitz is an LA-based artist working in video, performance, and installation. Her experimental work considers the psychological and somatic impact of digital media on our sense of selfhood and social identity. In her current series, My Golem, Weitz performs as a futuristic queer golem struggling for agency and independence in a world plagued by gender inequality, xenophobia and digital warfare. Inspired by Jewish mysticism, artificial intelligence, drag and silent film, Weitz embodies her golem in episodic videos, live performance, and on social media.
Since 2015, Weitz has been recognized for her dynamic, sensorial videos which manifest as immersive experiences, live performances, film screenings and public art in galleries, online and non-traditional venues alike. In 2016, Weitz’s hypnotic nine-channel video installation and Youtube channel Touch Museum at Young Projects in Los Angeles received international attention for its creative use of the perceptual phenomenon known as ASMR. Following the exhibition, Weitz produced an ASMR-inspired short film for Glenmorangie Whiskey in collaboration with Bompas & Parr studio in London. In 2018, Innovation Foundation and WEHO Arts commissioned Weitz to create two-channel video billboards that run along a highly trafficked strip of Sunset Boulevard. This followed on LAXART’s commission of Weitz in 2017 to create a five-channel video installation at the historic Catch One nightclub in Los Angeles. Weitz currently collaborates with Jewish dance scholar Dr. Hannah Schwadron in an ongoing performance which the duo initiated at the 92nd St Y in New York City in April 2019.
Weitz has been featured in Artforum, Art in America, The L.A. Times, The New York Times, Bomb Magazine, L.A. Confidential, Photograph Magazine, Hyperallergic and on KCRW. She is a 2019 nominee for the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Award and has received grants from the California Center for Cultural Innovation; the Banff Centre; and the Memorial Foundation of Jewish Culture. Weitz has had solo exhibitions at Young Projects (Los Angeles, CA), Public Pool Gallery (Encino, CA), Chimento Contemporary (Los Angeles, CA), Cunsthaus (Tampa, FL) and The Suburban (Oak Park, IL). She has participated in group exhibitions, screenings and performances at L.A.N.D (Los Angeles, CA), 92nd St Y (New York, NY), Luis De Jesus (Los Angeles, CA), Human Resources (Los Angeles, CA), Last Projects (Los Angeles, CA), SOMArts (San Francisco, CA) and Femmebit (Los Angeles, CA). Before moving to Los Angeles in 2013, Weitz was a tenured professor at the University of South Florida for eight years. She currently teaches in Los Angeles and is a contributing writer to Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles (CARLA).
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