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Artist Lecture with Julia Christensen
March 23, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join us as artist Julia Christensen discusses Burnouts, her piece currently on view at 21c Louisville. She will discuss the piece within the context of her larger body of work, Project Project (funded by Creative Capital). This work investigates our cultural relationships with electronic waste, often called “e-waste.” This ongoing body of work includes Burnouts, Hard Copy (a photographic look at how we store and hoard recordable media such as VHS Tapes and CD’s), The Big Feed (a video installation featuring a self-made video projector that questions the storage of images in our digital age), and The Chuck Close Tapes (a video piece about an auspicious collection of old videotapes). Christensen will also present documentation from her recent trip to India, where she explored the informal e-waste recycling market in Delhi, providing a broad view of how electronic trash is stored, thrown away, and processed around the world.
About the artist: Julia Christensen is a multidisciplinary artist whose work explores systems of technology, consumerism, landscape, and history. Her work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions at venues such as Eyebeam (NY, NY), the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN), Ronald Feldman Gallery (NY, NY), Lincoln Center (NY, NY), and 21c Museum (Louisville, KY). Her work has been shown internationalyl in Croatia, Greece, Finland, France, Serbia, and beyond. Christensen is a 2013 Creative Capital grantee in Emerging Fields. Her work has additionally been supported by grants from the New York State Council on the Arts, Turbulence, and residencies at the Wexner Center for the Arts Film/Video Studio and the Experimental Television Center.
Julia is the author of Big Box Reuse, published by the MIT Press in 2008. Her writing has been published in magazines such as Cabinet, Print, and Slate. Christensen’s work has been written about in books such as It’s The Political Economy, Stupid (Sholette/Ressler, Pluto Press), Younger Than Jesus Artist Directory (Phaidon/New Museum), and Worlds Away: New Suburban Landscapes (DAP/Walker Art Center), as well as in a number of books written by architects, designers, and curators. Her work has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Bookforum, The New York Review of Books, Afterimage, and USA Today. She has appeared on numerous radio shows, including All Things Considered, On Point with Tom Ashcroft, and Q with Jian Ghomeshi.
Ms. Christensen is Assistant Professor of Integrated Media in the Studio Art Department at Oberlin College, where she has previously served on the faculties of Environmental Studies and TIMARA (Technology in Music and Related Arts). From 2007-2011 she held the position of Henry Luce Visiting Assistant Professor of the Emerging Arts, a joint appointment between Oberlin College and Conservatory. Before coming to Oberlin, she taught at Stanford University, Pratt Institute, California College of the Arts, and other colleges. She has been an invited speaker and critic at dozens of colleges and universities, including Georgia Tech, Yale University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the San Francisco Art Institute.