"If he’s a sometimes luddite, let him find solace in artist Julia Christensen’s Upgrade Available, a new output from Dancing Foxes Press. The book calls into question our eagerness to constantly update our personal technology and how this thirst is interfering with our relationship to time. It’s charming and eerie."
For LAABF 2020, Dancing Foxes Press planned to launch “Upgrade Available,” by artist and writer Julia Christensen, whose work redefines the intersection of art, technology, and outer space. The volume documents an ongoing investigation by Christensen into “upgrade culture”—the notion that we need to constantly upgrade our electronics to remain relevant—and how this shifts our perception of time. In this video, Christensen explains the inspiration, encounters, and process of making this new book. [Video footage from Upgrade Available: Live and Illustrated, produced by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art / Art + Tech Lab, April 2020].
For artist Julia Christensen, one man’s junk—or more accurately e-waste—is not necessarily another’s treasure. Indeed, as her upcoming retrospective “Julia Christensen: Upgrade Available” proves, the legacy of discarded goods is one of humanity’s most unwelcome gifts.
Upgrade Available: Live and Illustrated
On Earth Day, LACMA hosts a virtual presentation of artist Julia Christensen's latest project, Upgrade Available. She'll be in conversation with artist and curator Aria Dean and LACMA archivist Jessica Gambling. The event will be illustrated with images, videos and writings from the project and book of the same name, exploring how "upgrade culture" impacts our experience of time.