Julia Christensen’s ongoing project, Upgrade Available, investigates how “upgrade culture”—the perceived relentless need to endlessly upgrade electronics and recordable media to remain relevant—impacts life on a range of time scales. The artist’s work with the LACMA Art + Technology Lab has allowed her to explore how upgrade culture impacts institutional operations at the scale of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Her work at LACMA additionally led her to a collaboration with scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where she is helping envision long-term space mission concepts that defy our current measure of technological obsolescence. At JPL’s Innovation Foundry, Julia has collaborated on spaceship/art concepts for a CubeSat with a 200-year operational lifespan, and an interstellar spacecraft that would travel to Proxima b, 4.2 light years from Earth.
Julia Christensen on "Upgrade Available"
Later this fall, Art + Technology Lab grant recipient Julia Christensen will be in Los Angeles to work on her project Upgrade Available. She'll be participating in a special meeting at Jet Propulsion Laboratory to envision an artwork for a long-term interstellar space mission and will also be "in residence" at LACMA, where she will discuss her ideas with scientists, engineers, designers, artists, and curators.
Adventures in Art and Science: Working with JPL's A-Team
This is the second installment of our Q&A with Art + Technology Lab grant recipient Julia Christensen. A few weeks ago, Julia participated in a special meeting at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to envision an artwork for a long-term interstellar space mission.
Julia Christensen and "The Tree of Life"
This is the third installment of our Q&A with Art + Technology Lab grant recipient Julia Christensen. For the past eight months, Julia has been working with Jet Propulsion Laboratory's (JPL) A-Team to envision an artwork for a long-term interstellar space mission.