Julius Popp

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Julius Popp (born 1973, Nuremberg) is an artist based in Leipzig.

Bit.Fall Pulse, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korean Air Box Project 2015
bit.fall in the Dutch city of Groningen (2014)

His work often uses technology,[1] resulting in interdisciplinary ventures which reach across the boundaries of art and science.[2] An example of Popp’s work is Bitfall (2005):[3] a machine which displays words selected from the internet via drops of falling water in precise configuration, each word visible only for a second.[4] A bit.fall installation was at the London 2012 Olympic Park under the footbridge between the main entrance and stadium, the words generated using water from the Waterworks River were chosen at random from internet news feeds.[5]

Popp studied at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig and he won the Robot Choice Award in 2003.[6] The Fraunhofer Institute, Bonn, and the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT have both studied elements of Popp’s work which made unique advances in the field of artificial intelligence.[2]


Bit.Flow is one project done by Julius Popp between 2004–2008 in Leipzig. Navigating through the modern world is no longer linear: the thread can no longer serve as a model to describe it. In Bit.flow dozens of small particles make up a chaotic swarm of bits, which are the smallest pieces of information. This installation illustrates how each of the individual elements has no significance in itself but acquires it only in terms of the group, within the framework of swarm interaction.[7]

Selected exhibitions[edit]

  • 2017 "BIT.FALL" Pacific Place, Hong Kong
  • 2011 I/O/I. The senses of machines (Interaction Laboratory) Disseny Hub Barcelona[8]
  • 2009 Moscow bienalle of contemporary art
  • 2007 Oboro, Montreal
  • 2005 Psychoscape, Kunsthalle, Budapest
  • 2005 D-Haus, Tokyo
  • 2005 ICHIM, Transmissions, Paris
  • 2005 Union Gallery, London (with Oliver Kossack, Julia Schmidt)
  • 2004 50% Realität, Kunstraum B/2, Leipzig
  • 2004 Artexpo, New York
  • 2003 Artbots - The Robot Talent Show, Eyebeam Gallery, New York City
  • 2002 Paradies, Halle/Saale
  • 2001 Heimat L.E., organised by Galerie für zeitgenössische Kunst and HGB, Leipzig



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