Upgrade Available
Julia Christensen

Julia Christensen is examining how upgrade culture affects our personal electronics and archives, our institutions, and space travel. The project is called Upgrade Available. The artist’s work with the Art + Technology Lab led her to a collaboration with scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) on an artwork for a spacecraft concept bound for Proxima b, a planet in the Alpha Centauri star system, over 4 light years away. Traveling for an estimated 40 years, the spacecraft will require multiple autonomous upgrades in order to survive environmental conditions and to remain relevant to life on earth when it arrives at its destination in 2109.

From Upgrade Available. © Julia Christensen
From Upgrade Available. © Julia Christensen


About the Artist

Julia Christensen is an artist and writer whose work explores systems of technology, time, change, and memory. She is currently collaborating with scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab to envision artwork for an interstellar spacecraft that will travel to Proxima b, 4.2 light years away from Earth. This piece is a successor to the Golden Record project, embedded on the 1977 Voyager spacecraft. 

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