Julia Christensen is an artist and writer whose work explores systems of technology, time, change and memory. She is currently collaborating with scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab to envision long-term space missions that transcend contemporary cycles of technological obsolescence; these include an artwork for a future interstellar spacecraft that will travel to Proxima b, 4.2 light years away from Earth, and a 200-year operational CubeSat, which is proposed to communicate continuously with a series of living trees on planet Earth.
Christensen has been received awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, LACMA Art + Tech Lab, Creative Capital Fellowship, MacDowell Fellowship, and the Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award. Her work has been exhibited at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles, CA), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN), Ronald Feldman Fine Arts Gallery (NYC, NY), Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (Cleveland, OH), the Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh, PA), and internationally. Christensen is the author of "Big Box Reuse" (MIT Press, 2008), about how communities are reusing abandoned Walmart and Kmart stores in the U.S. "Big Box Reuse" won several prestigious book awards, including the American Association of Academic Press’s Book of the Year Award in the category of trade non-fiction. Her forthcoming book, "Upgrade Available" (Dancing Foxes), is a product of her long-term art/research project about how “upgrade culture” impacts life on a range of time scales. Christensen is chair of the Studio Art Department and an associate professor of integrated media at Oberlin College.
Thursday, September 19 at 11:10am to 12:00pm
Horvitz Hall, 220
106 College Drive, Gambier, OH 43022
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