- MFA, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, Integrated Electronic Arts (2005)
- MFA, Mills College, Oakland, CA, Electronic Music and Recording Media (2003)
- BA, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, Integrated Arts (2000)
Julia Christensen is a multidisciplinary artist whose work explores systems of technology, consumerism, landscape, and obsolescence. Her work has exhibited internationally, at venues such as Eyebeam (NYC, NY), Ronald Feldman Fine Arts (NYC, NY), 21C Museum (Louisville, KY), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN), Carnegie Museum of Fine Arts (Pittsburgh, PA), and internationally in Finland, France, Greece, and beyond. Christensen is a 2017-2018 fellow at the LACMA Art + Tech Lab in Los Angeles. Her work has been supported by a Creative Capital fellowship (Emerging Fields, 2013), Ohio Individual Excellence fellowship (2015), New York State Council on the Arts (2007), Turbulence commission (2008), and residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Wexner Center for the Arts Film/Video Studio, and the Experimental Television Center.
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, Orion, Print, and Slate. Her work has been written about in The New York Times, Art in America, Bomb Magazine, The Washington Post, Bookforum, The New York Review of Books, and Dwell Magazine, among many other publications. Christensen’s work has been included several books, including Younger Than Jesus Artist Directory (Phaidon/New Museum), It’s the Political Economy, Stupid (by Gregory Sholette and Oliver Ressler, Pluto Press), and Worlds Away: New Suburban Landscapes (DAP/Walker Art Center), as well as in a number of books written by architects, designers, and curators. She has appeared as a guest on numerous radio shows including “All Things Considered” (NPR), “On Point with Tom Ashbrook” (NPR), and “Marketplace” (CBC).
Christensen is also 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. WAM is a group of women performers playing experimental music by women composers. The group has commissioned works by and performed with composers such as Miya Masaoka, Pauline Oliveros, and Bevin Kelley.
Christensen is associate professor of integrated media in the studio art department at Oberlin College, where she has additionally served on the faculties of environmental studies and TIMARA (Technology in Music and Related Arts). From 2007 to 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.