Julio Lugon
A Finite Sound
Medium project
Plastic Cube
Cinta Scotch
Chairs Unavailable to Humans
Philosophers Drinking Water
Aristotle´s Jungle
Radio Jurassic
bio
EN

Julio Lugon is an interdisciplinary artist whose work focuses on sound and conceptual art including installation, performance, electronics, biological data translation and graphics. One of the focus is the integration of non-human beings (such as plants) into his work and their interactions with scientific-technical processes of knowledge production. His current projects deal with philosophical topics as with the challenges arising from social and ecological concerns. He has a master in Sound Studies from the UdK Berlin and was awarded first-prize at “Bonn Hoeren – Sonotopia 2019,” the sound art competition by the Beethoven Stiftung in Bonn, Germany. His works have been presented in Europe, South America and India; he operates with the alias Pira Lemu as experimental musician, DJ and is host of the online show Radio Jurassic.


ES

Julio Lugon es un artista interdisciplinario cuyo trabajo se centra en el arte sonoro y conceptual; incluyendo instalación, performance, electrónica, traducción de datos biológicos y gráfica. Uno de los focos es la integración de seres no humanos en su obra (como las plantas), sus interacciones con los procesos científico-técnicos y la producción de conocimiento. Sus proyectos actuales tratan tanto temas filosóficos como los desafíos que surgen de las preocupaciones sociales y ecológicas. Tiene un máster en Sound Studies de la UdK Berlín y fue galardonado con el primer premio en “Sonotopia 2019 – Bonn Hoeren”, el concurso de arte sonoro de la Fundación Beethoven en Bonn. Sus trabajos han sido presentados en Europa y Sudamérica, opera con el alias Pira Lemu como músico experimental, DJ y es presentador del programa online Radio Jurassic.


DE

Von der Malerei kommend liegen die Schwerpunkte der künstlerischen Arbeit von Julio Lugon heute im Bereich Klangkunst, experimentelle Musik und Konzeptkunst. Seine Arbeiten bewegen sich zwischen Performance, Videokunst, Online-Radio und digitale Illustration, Lugon tritt aber auch als experimenteller Musiker und DJ auf. 2019 schloss er sein Masterstudium »Sound Studies« an der UDK in Berlin ab. Seine aktuellen Projekte befassen sich mit Themenfeldern aus der Philosophie ebenso wie mit den Herausforderungen, die aus gesellschaftlichen, sozialen und ökologischen Fragestellungen entstehen. Ein Fokus liegt auf der Integration von nichtmenschlichen Wesen (wie z.B. Pflanzen) in die künstlerische Arbeit und deren Wechselwirkungen mit wissenschaftlich-technischen Prozessen bzw. Denkweisen. Seine Installation »Aristotle’s Jungle« z.B. stellt eine Art Biofeedbacksystem dar, das aus elektrischen Ventilatoren, Glühlampen, Lautsprechern und einer Reihe von Zimmerpflanzen besteht, die in einen spekulativen Dialog treten. Die biorhythmischen Signale der Pflanzen, die er über die elektrischen Widerstände an den Blättern misst, aktivieren und deaktivieren — gesteuert über einen Mikrocontroller und eine selbstentwickelte Relaisstation — die im Raum verteilten Ventilatoren und Lampen. Über seinen Arbeitsansatz schreibt Lugon: Gegenwärtig beschäftigt mich das Spannungsverhältnis zwischen Kultur und Natur. Ich denke, dass Klang eine eigenständige Instanz ist, die uns die Möglichkeit gibt, die Unterschiede zwischen dem Natürlichen und dem Künstlichen zu durchbrechen. Die Vorstellung, dass Klang eine eigene Perspektive besitzt, eröffnet viele neue Differenzierungen (…) und multipliziert die Möglichkeiten der Arbeit mit klangbezogenem Material. Meine Arbeit zielt darauf ab, mit einfachen formalen Ideen zu arbeiten, die sich zu einem zunächst leicht zugänglichen Werk entwickeln, um dann eine tiefere Diskussion stattfinden zu lassen.


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Born 1982 in Lima, Peru
Lives and works in Berlin


Education

2018________Sound Studies, Master of Arts, Universität der Künste Berlin, Germany
2009________Bachelor in Fine Arts, UB, Barcelona, Spain
2007________Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam, Netherlands
2004________Pucp, Lima, Peru


Awards & Prizes

2019________Sonotopia, Bonn Hoeren, Beethoven Stiftung, Bonn, Germany
____________Agendacultural Bebergratis, top exhibition, El Garajr, Lima, Peru
2017________Concurso Internacional de Fototortas, Bisagra, Lima, Peru
2007________Art Jove de Creacion, Sala D ́Art Jove, Barcelona, Spain


Solo Exhibitions

2021________Elephant Meditations 2, for »sound spaces berlin 2021« 25 years singuhr: 1996-2021 at Meinblau Projektraum, Berlin
2019________Elephant Meditations, Bonn Hoeren - Sonotopia, Bonn, Germany
2018________La Jungla de Aristoteles n. 03, El Garajr, Lima, Peru
2017________Medium Project, An Object Oriented Installation, Kern, Berlin
2014________Pira Lemu en Rio, Espacio Santa Rosa, Lima, Peru


Group Shows

2021________Sanar y Sonar, Festival Sur Aural 2021, Bolivia
____________Mundo Estranhamento, curated social project at Supersonic, Lisbon, Portugal
____________Sonic Scope: New Approaches to Audiovisual Culture, Issue Two -call and response, London, UK
2020________A Sonic Mirage: On Sustaining an Illusion, with Silvia Tovar and Georgi Tomov Georgiev, Feldfünf, Berlin
____________Nylon Polycephalum at Localize - Center Shock, Potsdam (zentrum), Germany
____________Sonidos Desde Mi Ventana, Grupo de Investigación Sonora del Perú, GRIS-Perú
____________Si Lo Escucho Me Acuerdo, Festival Sur Aural 2020, Bolivia
____________O Worm Supreme, exhibition in the forest, Tuo Tuo, Joutsa. Finland
____________Ubiquitous: an Ambient Intermission, CTM Vorspiel, Feldfünf, Berlin
____________Sonic Curiosities 3, Villa Kuriosum, Berlin, Germany
2019________La Rara, at Selina, Lima, Peru
____________Presentación Hipertaller n.01, Galería Crisis, Lima, Peru
2018________Flashback Displacements, Voodoo55, Berlin, Germany
____________Sound Studies 2018, Universität der Künste Berlin, Germany
2017________Performing Toshi Ichiyanagi - Appearance (1967), Georg-Neumann-Saal, UdK, Berlin  
____________Aloardi Festival, Worm, Rotterdam, Netherlands
2016________La Fuga de los Ruidos vol. 02, 80mt2, Lima, Peru
____________Topic Tropic, with Shania Twins, Schau Fenster, Berlin, Germany  
____________Acousmatic Concert, lead by Jef Chippewa, UdK, Berlin, Germany  
____________Intangible Threat, Spektrum, Berlin, Germany  
2015________Meta.Vibrato, The Wrong - New Digital Art Biennale, founded by David Quiles Guilló
____________47 Loudspeaker Orchestra, UdK, Berlin, Germany  
____________Trifasico: Ant3na, Colectivo Auxiliar, Lima, Peru 
2014________La Increíble Fuga de los Ruidos, Pta. H, w/ Kino-A, Lima, Peru
____________Rudismos vol. 01, Buh Records, Lima, Peru
2013________Experimontag, as Toasting Dubz, Madame Claude, Berlin, Germany
2012________Lakino, with Conjunto Poseido, Babylon Kino, Berlin, Germany
2011________Cape Link, TWR Berlin, Germany
2010________33!, Swallow Gallery, Barcelona, Spain
2009________D'aquí i d'allà, Untitled Gallery, Barcelona, Spain
2008________UB Belles Arts Final, UB, Barcelona, Spain
2007________At Loqus, Willem de Kooning Academie, Rotterdam, Netherlands
____________Visitants de l'indret comú, with Tjasa Kancler, Sala D´Art Jove, Barcelona, Spain
____________Salen, paintings and sound performance at La Culpable, Lima, Peru


Selected projects

2020________Whatever Floats Your Boat, floating sound laboratory with Judith Gebhardt, Tuo Tuo, Joutsa, Finland
____________Rosa Del Fin, online radio and food joint, Sari Sari, Berlin, Germany
____________Plant Rhythms and Transducer Orchestra, sonic collaboration with plants, sonic performance and sound installation
2019________Hipertaller n. 01, workshop on sound art at Galeria Crisis, Lima, Peru
2018________Radio Jurassic, monthly radio show at Boxout.fm (ongoing)
____________Sound design for Gabriel Acevedo Velarde´s Espacialidad Aspiracional, at 80mt2, Lima, Peru
____________Radio Jurassic Park, on Pira Lemu´s mixcloud (ongoing)
2014________Pira Lemu, sonic performance and sound production (ongoing)
2006________Comiendo de Vez en Cuando - eating video collection (ongoing)
2000________Outsider writing (ongoing)
1997________Outsider painting (ongoing)
1995________Outsider music (ongoing)


Artist residencies

2020________TUO TUO Kulttuuri Tila & Residency, Joutsa, Finland
2019________SONOTOPIA /bonn hoeren, Bonn, Germany
2018________The Intensive Independent International Amateur Academy (IIIAA), Berlin, Germany


Records

2021________Ritmos de Planta, Agua, y Algunas Veces Orquesta de Transductores, with Enhorabuena.Plantas! and True Aether
2020________Sound Studies (compilation) by Julio Lugon
____________Varies Sueltes (compilation) by Pira Lemu
2018________The Very Best vol. 02, by Pira Lemu
____________The Worst Mumble Rap EP, by Pira Lemu
2017________EP Shania Twins by Shania Twins, with Muriel Holguin
2016________Last Thing, by Pira Lemu
____________Aldi Love Song (from Intangible Threat exhibition at Spektrum_Berlin)
2015________The Best of Pira Lemu
____________Epilation Compilation by El Susto, Various Artists
2007________LP (concept album), by Julio Lugon

Writings
2019________"A Jungle Back In Aristotle´s Time Sounds Not Invented Here," Sonologia 2019 - I/O, Sao Paulo, Brasil
2018________"Sounds Not Invented Here. An Understanding of Sound Art Informed by Speculative Realism" (M.A. Thesis)
2017________"The Body is in the World: Gravity and Humans, still Searching for the Motivated,” (keywords: Robert Morris, space)
2016________"Singing the Sonic Substance," (keywords: shipibo-conibo, voice, ethnomusicology)
____________"Silent Substances of Sound," (keywords: experimental Music, ethnomusicology)

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Artist Statement


“Lately, I have been investigating an idea in some areas of science and politics where culture is opposed to nature and have been trying to challenge this bifurcation towards an understanding of the natural and artificial worlds as one.

Intuition tells me that the sonic realm could be inhabited by entities willing to give us the opportunity to break the distinction between some natural and artificial environment. This idea of sound as an agent that may have its own point of view opens up for many new ecosystems where to activate fictional and artistic collaborations with non-human and human entities.

My work aims to operate with the use of accessible formal ideas shaped into artworks so that a deeper discussion can eventually be generated.”



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Contact: juliolugon@gmail.com
Elephant Dung hits the Fan
Impossible cables/projects
All Things (or the fiction behind the creation of a symbol)
Comoauto (Notes on a development in Stop-motion)
Aldi Love Song
Retòriques Urbanes
Animal Collectiveness
La Jungla de Aristóteles #3
Palmera sobre Colom
Concurso Fototortas
Elephant song
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Disco Ball
Nylon Polycephalum
Featured in
Homenaje
Selected Paintings
Hipertaller n.1: El Nicho Ecológico del Sonido
Acousmatic Music and Loudspeaker Orchestras
Pira Lemu
DIY/Circuit bending
A Sonic Mirage
The Lair Guardian
LP 2007
Ritmos de Planta
W h a t e v e r F l o a t s Y o u r B o a t

Elephant Meditations
Zoo