Julia Christensen’s Creative Capital Project at ArtCenter


September 17, 2020

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Installation shot of Julia Christensen: Upgrade Available by Julia Christensen, at Mullin Gallery, ArtCenter College of Design, fall 2020. Photo by Ian Gonzaga.

For nearly a decade, artist Julia Christensen has studied how upgrade culture—the perceived notion that we need to constantly upgrade our electronics to remain relevant—impacts institutional archives and operations, long-term scientific research, and our personal lives.

This exhibition follows the trajectory of her ongoing endeavors at the intersection of art and technology, from an e-waste processing plant in India to her meetings with scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to discuss concepts that transcend obsolescence. Featuring nearly fifty artworks from multiple bodies of work, Upgrade Available also includes works recently completed in dialogue with LACMA’s Art + Technology Lab and JPL’s Innovation Foundry.

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