Oberlin College and Conservatory

President’s Lecture with Associate Professor Julia Christensen - Upgrade Available

Friday, November 9, 2018 at 12:15pm to 1:15pm

Finney Chapel
90 North Professor Street, Oberlin, OH 44074

Associate Professor of Media Art Julia Christensen (Department of Art) will give the President’s Lecture, “Upgrade Available."

Christensen will present her ongoing research and art project about “upgrade culture”—the perceived need of having to relentlessly upgrade our electronics and media to remain relevant.

This body of artwork, which spans photography, video, and a range of digital media, investigates how upgrade culture impacts our personal lives, institutional operations, and long-term scientific research, especially space travel. 

Christensen will present about her current collaboration with scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory envisioning an artwork to be embedded on a spacecraft that will travel to Proxima b, an exo-planet 4.2 light years from Earth.

Inspired by Oberlin’s long history of noontime assemblies, the President’s Lecture was created to give the community of students, faculty, staff, and local residents the opportunity to hear the college’s outstanding faculty members and selected alumni share their expertise and insights. 

Photo credit: Tanya Rosen-Jones ’97

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Administrative, Public Programs, Academic


Free, no ticket required. Open to the public.

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