Breach at Freefall 2011, Oxford Art Factory, Sydney. Photo Kat Sapera

Breach – Freefall 2011 Oxford Art Factory, Sydney. Photo Kat Sapera

Julie Vulcan is an independent Sydney based artist whose visual and performance art practice employs multiple forms and disciplines to best  articulate ideas and concepts. Creative outcomes include performance & installation, object making, text & digital media and durational & site-responsive work. Alongside her solo practice Julie is a director, facilitator, collaborator and mentor.


Research based practice underpins much of her work, which is developed through intensive residencies, participatory laboratories and exchange. Interested in questioning the veracity of mediated memory, Julie examines constructed histories and the motivations behind how we remember, record and re-write our actions, bodies and traces – past, present and future. Duration and repetition are often used as a device to highlight collective and selective memory (loss), while bringing into focus resilience and the fine line between security and fragility. Julie explores the abject alongside the wondrous and ritual alongside innate wisdom. Current projects interrogate systems of control and constructs of the dark while looking toward visions of the future and survival.


Larger overarching questions interrogate human world-views, hierarchical structures and the treatment of fellow humans and non-humans implicit within these. In an attempt to process the macro, Julie distills to the micro in an effort to instigate and encourage audiences to question their own position. Some of her work, subsequently, situates itself in the very personal, soliciting contributions and/or participation from the general public.


Julie equally creates alter-egos and one-off performances that engage subversive or wicked humour. Her highly stylised and visual aesthetic appears in urban and regional sites, theatres, galleries, windows, events, clubs, online and sometimes unexpected places.





Julie Vulcan has toured her work nationally and internationally both solo and as part of performance collectives. Recent work and tours include DARKlight_I:utterings Metro Arts Brisbane AUS 2017, DARKbody Wired Open Day 2017, I Stand In at Taking Place MAI Montréal CANADA 2017, Deathfest Metro Arts Brisbane AUS 2016, Venice International Performance Art Week ITALY 2014, Performatorium Regina CANADA 2014 and SPILL festival of Performance London UK 2013; Drift at Festival of Live Art Melbourne and Metro Arts Brisbane AUS 2014; Redress – Rapid Pulse Festival Chicago USA 2014. Julie is one half of the exploratory lab SQUIDSILO, a duo working across physical and virtual platforms. Their recent work RIMA has been presented at Arts House Melbourne 2016, End(s) of Electronic Literature Festival Bergen NORWAY 2015 and the Lock-Up Newcastle AUS 2015. In 2014 Julie founded base-metal – a platform for performance/live art exchange, dialogue and presentation. From 2010 – 2014, Julie was the Associate Director and subsequent Artistic Director/CEO at PACT centre for emerging artists, Sydney. She directed the PACT Ensemble production Harvest 2013 and co-directed with Cat Jones Beguiled 2011 and Unsettlings 2010.

A UNSW College of Fine Arts graduate, her early video installations (1988 – 92) investigated time, gender, memory and place. These were presented in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth by the 4th and 7th Australian International Video Festival, ARX 3, Experimenta and the Performance Space Sydney amongst others. This work is currently archived at www.scanlines.net – Video Art in Australia since the 1960’s. Julie’s video installation work informed her transition into the live and performance. She has been a core member of several performance and live art collectives, including Unreasonable Adults, Frumpus and Icarus. In addition Julie has performed in Finale 2007/8 with Pacitti Company UK, the Sydney Festival commission Balconies by ERTH AUS 2003 and in the video art works A/PROXY[MATE] ENCOUNTERS 2006 by Anna Davis and Dreamshelving 2011 by Sam James. She has contributed to the works of many artists including Jason Sweeney, PVI Collective, Barbara Campbell, Deborah Pollard, Hancock & Kelly live, Leisa Shelton, Cat Jones and Panther. Julie has written reviews for Realtime Arts Australia and her essays and writing have appeared in a number of publications.