Apr 1st 2019

Julia Christensen will present her ongoing research and art project about “upgrade culture”—the perceived need of having to relentlessly upgrade our electronics and media to remain relevant. This body of artwork, which spans photography, video, and a range of digital media, investigates how upgrade culture impacts our personal lives, institutional operations, and long-term scientific research, especially space travel. Christensen will also present about her current collaboration with scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory envisioning long-term space mission concepts, including an artwork to be embedded on a spacecraft that would travel to Proxima b, an exo-planet 4.2 light years from Earth.

JULIA CHRISTENSEN is an artist and writer whose work explores systems of technology, time, change, and memory. Christensen has been awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship (Fine Arts, 2018), LACMA Art + Tech Lab Fellowship (2017-2018), Creative Capital Fellowship (Emerging Fields, 2013), MacDowell Fellowship (2015), and the Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award (2015). Her work has been exhibited at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles, CA), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN), Eyebeam (NYC, NY), Ronald Feldman Fine Arts Gallery (NYC, NY), and the Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh, PA). Christensen is the author of Big Box Reuse (MIT Press, 2008), and her forthcoming book, Upgrade Available, will be published by Dancing Foxes Press. Her writing has also appeared in Architecture Magazine, Hyperallergic, Cabinet Magazine, and Slate. Christensen is Associate Professor of Integrated Media in the Studio Art Department at Oberlin College.

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