The Chuck Close Tapes (detail)
Video piece consisting entirely of 3-second appropriated clips from discarded VHS tapes filled with television episodes––VHS tapes (allegedly) recorded by the artist Chuck Close throughout the 90's and 00's.
Julia Christensen presents at the 2013 Creative Capital Artist Retreat.
iPhone-powered Video Projector from Burnouts Series, interior shot
Installation of five self-designed video projectors powered by discarded iPhones. Installation view; 21C Museum Hotel, Louisville, KY, 2014.
The Chuck Close Tapes
Installation consisting of discarded VHS tapes from a collection that was allegedly made by the artist Chuck Close, exhibited in custom museum vitrines, with a video piece made from the VHS material. Installation view; Eyebeam, NY, NY, 2014.
The self-designed video projectors in Burnouts are driven by discarded iPhones. The iPhones display animations of constellations that have been retired from official star maps because the stars can no longer be seen from Earth due to light pollution.
Estate Sale 1, from Hard Copy
Hard Copy is a series of photographs of obsolete collections of recordable media. These collections have been stored in basements and attics for years, despite the owners never being able to access them again due to technological obsolescence.
Upgrade Available is a body of work that explores our cultural relationships with obsolete electronic material. The work began in 2012, when Julia Christensen visited an e-waste recycling center in the south of India, and was faced with a mountain of trashed electronics. In order to grasp the enormity of our e-waste stream, she began investigating narratives surrounding the electronics we consume, hoard, and discard at an unsustainable rate in the 21st century. The resulting pieces (Burnouts, The Big Feed, Hard Copy, The Chuck Close Tapes, and Infinite Loop) each explore our relationships with such objects as outdated smartphones, VHS tapes, and hard drives. Christensen repurposed discarded electronics to make self-designed sculptural video projectors for these pieces; the body of work additionally includes photography, video, sculpture, and installation. Christensen is also writing extensively about these stories and the related issues.
Mar 23 – Mar 23, 2015
Julia Christensen Presents An Artist Lecture at 21c Museum Hotel