Julia Christensen

Oberlin, OH


Julia Christensen is a multidisciplinary artist whose work explores systems of technology, consumerism, landscape, and history. Her work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions internationally, at venues such as Eyebeam (NY, NY), the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN), Pori Art Museum (Pori, Finland), Lincoln Center (NY, NY), and 21C Museum (Louisville, KY). Christensen is a 2013 Creative Capital grantee in Emerging Fields. Her work has additionally been supported by grants from the New York State Council on the Arts, Turbulence, and residencies at the Wexner Center for the Arts Film/Video Studio and the Experimental Television Center. She received a BA in Integrated Arts from Bard College, NY, and from the School for International Training, Ghana, Africa, before receiving an MFA in Integrated Electronic Arts from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY, and another in Electronic Music and Recording Media from Mills College, CA.

Christensen is the author of Big Box Reuse, published by the MIT Press in 2008. Her writing has been published in magazines such as Cabinet, Print, and Slate. Christensen's work has been written about in books such as It's The Political Economy, Stupid (Sholette/Ressler, Pluto Press), Younger Than Jesus Artist Directory (Phaidon/New Museum), and Worlds Away: New Suburban Landscapes (DAP/Walker Art Center), as well as in a number of books written by architects, designers, and curators. Her work has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Bookforum, The New York Review of Books, Afterimage, and USA Today. She has appeared on numerous radio shows, including All Things Considered, On Point with Tom Ashcroft, and Q with Jian Ghomeshi. Christensen is an active musician in the worlds of new and experimental music. She is the founder and director of WAM!: Women and Art Music Ensemble at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

Christensen is Assistant Professor of Integrated Media in the Studio Art Department at Oberlin College, where she has previously served on the faculties of Environmental Studies and TIMARA (Technology in Music and Related Arts). From 2007-2011 she held the position of Henry Luce Visiting Assistant Professor of the Emerging Arts, a joint appointment between Oberlin College and Conservatory. Before coming to Oberlin, she taught at Stanford University, Pratt Institute, California College of the Arts, and other colleges. She has been an invited speaker and critic at dozens of colleges and universities, including Georgia Tech, Yale University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the San Francisco Art Institute.

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