JULIA CHRISTENSEN is an artist and writer whose work explores systems of technology, time, change, and memory. Her work has been exhibited at the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN), Ronald Feldman Fine Arts Gallery (NYC, NY), Eyebeam (NYC, NY), Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (Cleveland, OH), the Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh, PA), and internationally. Her public art works have been commissioned by LAND Studio (Cleveland, OH) and Artisphere/City of Arlington (Arlington, VA). Christensen is a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow in Fine Arts, and a 2017-2018 fellow at the LACMA Art + Tech Lab. Other recent awards include the Creative Capital Fellowship (Emerging Fields, 2013), a MacDowell Fellowship (2015), and the Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award (2015). She has been awarded artist residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Wexner Center for the Arts Film + Video Studio, and the Experimental Television Center. She is currently working in collaboration with scientists at the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab to develop an artwork about, and potentially for, a spacecraft that will travel to Proxima B, a planet in the Alpha Centauri system, 4.2 light years away.
Christensen is the author of Big Box Reuse (MIT Press, 2008). 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 writing has appeared in a range of publications, such as Print, Architect, Hyperallergic, and Cabinet magazines. Her next book, Upgrade Available, is forthcoming. Christensen’s writing and artwork have been reviewed in publications such as The New York Times, New York Magazine, Bookforum, The New York Review of Books, Village Voice, Art in America, Afterimage, Afterall Journal, and The Washington Post, and on radio shows such as All Things Considered (NPR) and Great Lakes Today (NPR). She has spoken widely about her work at a range of venues, including Yale University, Columbia University, Carnegie Mellon University, Idea Festival, National Arts Club, and Machine Project.
Christensen received her BA in Integrated Art at Bard College, MFA in Electronic Music and Recording Media at Mills College, and MFA in Integrated Electronic Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She is Associate Professor of Integrated Media in the Studio Art Department at Oberlin College.
Julia Christensen’s work has been included in the “Highbrow and Brilliant” quadrant of New York Magazine’s “Approval Matrix”; Make Zine recently said that “Christensen’s work is a stunning demonstration of the tremendous potential for creative expression using technologies we might otherwise throw away,”; The Washington Post said that “Christensen has seen the future.”