iPhones from Burnouts displaying animations of retired constellations that are projected on to gallery ceiling.
What Remains (Estate Sale 1), from Hard Copy
Discarded Thumbdrives, 10 Rupees Each, Gaffar Market, Delhi, India (Digital photograph, 2015)
Extracting the Precious Metals, Mustafabad Market, Delhi, India (Digital photograph, 2015)
Dismantled Keyboards, Mustafabad Market, Delhi, India (Digital photograph, 2015)
The Chuck Close Tapes, installation view from Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York, NY (2014)
What Remains (Estate Sale 2), from Hard Copy
Upgrade Available is the title of Christensen’s ongoing investigation into how “upgrade culture”–the perceived notion that we need to constantly upgrade our electronics to remain relevant–impacts our personal lives, institutional archives and operations, and long-term scientific research. The interdisciplinary artwork associated with the project spans drawing, photography, video, as well as a collaboration with scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab to develop a self-upgrading art piece for an interstellar spacecraft. Christensen’s book, Upgrade Available, is forthcoming from Dancing Foxes Press.
This project is supported by Creative Capital, LACMA Art + Tech Lab, and the Guggenheim Foundation, with additional support from the Wexner Film + Video Studio and the MacDowell Colony. Works from this ongoing project have been exhibited at 21C Museum/Hotel (Louisville, KY), Ronald Feldman Gallery (NY, NY), Eyebeam (NY, NY), Art in General/Vera List Center for the Arts (online exhibition), Center for Ongoing Research and Projects (Columbus, OH), and forthcoming at LACMA (Los Angeles, CA).
2018 Guggenheim Fellow Announcement
2017 LACMA Art + Technology Lab Awards
Julia Christensen presents “Upgrade Available” at the 2015 Creative Capital retreat
Profile on Creative Capital website
“Julia Christensen,” by Kris Paulsen, BOMB, March 27, 2014
Artist to Artist: Cory Arcangel and Julia Christensen on Media Fluidity and Obsolescence
Upgrade Available has been supported by the Guggenheim Foundation (2018), 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)