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LACMA UNFRAMED: Upgrade Available: Live and Illustrated

On Earth Day, next Wednesday, April 22 at 4 pm, LACMA’s Art + Technology grant recipient Julia Christensen will host a virtual panel discussion on her artist project and forthcoming book of the same name, Upgrade Available (Dancing Foxes Press, Spring 2020). The multimedia presentation will be centered around how relentless “upgrade culture”—the perceived notion that one needs to constantly upgrade our electronics to remain relevant—fundamentally impacts our experience of time. Panelists include Aria Dean, editor and curator at Rhizome and Jessica Gambling, LACMA archivist.

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Wednesday, April 22; 4 p.m. PDT

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.


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6. “Upgrade Available: Live and Illustrated—Julia Christensen in Conversation with Aria Dean and Jessica Gambling” at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

The opening of Julia Christensen’s solo show, co-presented by ArtCenter and LACMA’s Art + Technology Lab, has been postponed, but the writer and artist is giving an online presentation about her forthcoming book, Upgrade Available, this week. The book (as well as her project with the lab) explores how “upgrade culture”—the constant pressure to update our electronic devices—informs our sense of the passage of time.

Price: Free with RSVP

Time: 7 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone