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    iPhones from Burnouts displaying animations of retired constellations that are projected on to gallery ceiling.

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    What Remains (Estate Sale 1), from Hard Copy

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    Discarded Thumbdrives, 10 Rupees Each, Gaffar Market, Delhi, India (Digital photograph, 2015)

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    Extracting the Precious Metals, Mustafabad Market, Delhi, India (Digital photograph, 2015)

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    Dismantled Keyboards, Mustafabad Market, Delhi, India (Digital photograph, 2015)

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    The Chuck Close Tapes, installation view from Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York, NY (2014)

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    Burnouts, interior shot of projector mechanism, using discarded iPhone as the sole light source

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    What Remains (Estate Sale 2), from Hard Copy

Upgrade Available is a current, ongoing body of work about how memory is changing as we become increasingly reliant upon our personal electronics. Our fluid relationships with smartphones, laptops, hard drives, and tablets allow us to offload more memory (and memories) to our electronics than ever before; ultimately our web of personal devices becomes an electronic system encoded with our identity and legacy. What happens to this electronic memory when our devices become obsolete, when we are finished using them, or when we die? For one thing, these electronics and recordings become very complicated pieces of trash.

Upgrade Available investigates what we do with our slide collections, VHS tapes, computers, digital image files, laptops, tablets, and iPhones when we are finished using them, and/or when they become obsolete. A lot of this stuff sits in storage waiting for upgrades that rarely come to pass, while even more of it winds up in e-waste dumps around the world. The resulting pieces––Burnouts, We Share Our Pictures, Hard Copy, The Chuck Close Tapes, and The Big Feed (in progress)––each explore our relationships with obsolete electronic devices and recordings. The body of work includes photography, video, drawings, sculpture, and installation. Christensen’s research has led her to interview neighbors about the electronic junk in their basements, and around the world to document both formal and informal e-waste processing centers in India.

For additional images/information about Upgrade Available, visit the project website, which can be found HERE.

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Upgrade Available has been supported by the MacDowell Fellowship (2015), The Wexner Film/Video Studio Residency (2014), The Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award (2015), and the Creative Capital grant (Emerging Fields, 2013)