About The Julen
Hi, my name is Julen (if you hadn’t guessed that already).
I’m an interdisciplinary artist with a passion for Audio-Visual Content Creation and Music Making. I've been playing with light and sound since I was a toddler, teaching myself how to film and edit at a young age, as well as how to play a variety of instruments, constantly striving to find new ways to articulate this inexplicable animating force in me and in doing so, to touch something in others –– figuratively, of course! However, what I really am is… well, I’m a very complex configuration of atoms — a self-sustaining, dynamic pattern — who's become aware of it's own existence and inevitable decay through the relentless process of entropy, and would really like to know how to go about “It”... whatever "It" is.
Being Human is... complicated. No one really teaches us how to be. The instruction manual got lost somewhere — such a shame, it had a beautiful hand drawn cover. We’re a species of amnesiacs who posses deep, intense emotions, vivid memories and powerful imagination with the capacity to condense our ideas into the physical world, along with a profound yearning to express and connect. We wish to be contained yet long for infinite expansion. We’re born as the throbbing, blossoming cradle of consciousness and meaning — as the way for the universe to know itself — bursting with creative energy, straight from the inarticulable divine through an unbroken chain of molecular evolution that traces back to the big bang! And then we kinda just get thrown on the fast track of “life”, soak up a bunch of convoluted narratives, standards and beliefs subconsciously imposed by our social/cultural/political context, become overly attached to a limited identity while we're driven by compulsion and basically go on autopilot until we meet our sweet demise. Which doesn’t sound particularly fun, in my opinion.
Thus, I have no greater passion or desire other than to understand what it means to be human, what it means to be me, to be us –– to"be". I wish to find better systems and frameworks from which to respond more skilfully to life and move towards what we value — to understand why we value what we value. As well as to continually progress as an artist, polishing my ability to effectively communicate the numinous.
My intention is to share my observations and insights on human nature, reality and self-transcendence, as well as to dispel unhelpful narratives around creativity/creative living, disclose my process, and collaborate with other talented humanz. And when words reach their limit –– as they very often do –– well, that's where music, storytelling and other means of poetic transmission necessarily come in :)
You can think of my content as being in a “Show and Tell" format — which was coincidentally my favourite class when I was a wee lad.