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Upgrade Available (technology, consumerism, landscape, and history)

JULIA CHRISTENSEN is an artist and writer whose work explores systems of technology, consumerism, landscape, and history.


Her work has been in solo and group exhibitions at venues such as Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN), Ronald Feldman Fine Arts Gallery (NYC, NY), Eyebeam (NYC, NY), Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (Cleveland, OH), Austrian Cultural Forum (NYC, NY), and 21C Museum/Hotel (Lousville, KY). Her work has been exhibited internationally in France, Greece, Finland, Croatia, Serbia, and beyond. Christensen is the author of Big Box Reuse, published by MIT Press in 2008. Big Box Reuse reached critical acclaim, with reviews and features in publications such as The New York Times, New York Magazine, Bookforum, The New York Review of Books, and The Washington Post. Her writing has appeared in such publications as Print, Architect, and Cabinet magazines. She has been an invited guest on many radio shows featuring her artwork, such as All Things Considered (NPR), On Point with Tom Ashcroft (NPR), Marketplace (CBC), among others. She has spoken widely about her work, including at venues such as Yale University, Georgia Institute of Technology, San Francisco Art Institute, University of Oregon, National Arts Club, Idea Festival, and the Los Angeles Forum on Architecture and Urban Design. Christensen is a recipient of the Creative Capital Fellowship (Emerging Fields, 2013), MacDowell Fellowship (2015), the Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award (2015), and commissions from Turbulence and New Radio/Performing Arts. She has been awarded artist residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Wexner Center for the Arts, and the Experimental Television Center.


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 once said that “Christensen has seen the future.”

Event Details:

Topic: Upgrade Available (technology, consumerism, landscape, and history)


Roundtable: Upgrade Available (technology, consumerism, landscape, and history)


Date: October 20, 2016, 12:30 p.m. 


Where: ENS 200*


Speaker: Julia Christensen 

Faculty Leader:Arzu Ozkal MFA, Associate Professor of Graphic Design 


Sponsors: The Common Experience, The Weber Honors College


Julia Christensen
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