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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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    What Remains (Estate Sale 2), from Hard Copy

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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).

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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)