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Julie Louise Bacon is a curator, artist and writer. She leads the international arts-led research project The Habitat of Time (2018-2021). This project explores radical shifts that are taking place in our individual, social and physical experience and understanding of time. The project advances through an iterative process that involves exhibition making, research symposia and collaborative fieldwork. It considers the impact on our...view more
Julie Louise Bacon is a curator, artist and writer. She leads the international arts-led research project The Habitat of Time (2018-2021). This project explores radical shifts that are taking place in our individual, social and physical experience and understanding of time. The project advances through an iterative process that involves exhibition making, research symposia and collaborative fieldwork. It considers the impact on our perception, daily life and planetary views of: scientific discoveries about the nature of time in physics and the earth sciences; technology’s changing interaction with culture; and the unstable conditions of globalisation and climate crisis.
Across the areas of her practice, Julie Louise is interested in creating spaces that explore how the development of technologies and knowledge forms shapes our experience of life and what we understand by the terms individual and collective. Her research connects historical, political and phenomenological perspectives, and involves interdisciplinary and socially-engaged research methods. Her work has attracted awards from Arts Councils in England, Northern Ireland, Quebec and Canada, the European Commission, Arts and Humanities Research Council UK, and a range of research and arts foundations.
The Habitat of Time builds on her curation of a series of projects focusing on the role that archives, art and technology play in shaping cultural space. These include: the international festival of visual and sound art Töne: A Meeting of Sound and Light (Kent, UK, 2014); the international conference Signal: Art and Network Technologies (Quebec City, 2012); and the five-part AHRC exhibition and conference series Per-forming the Archive (Belfast 2006-2008).
Julie Louise Bacon has led the development of the contemporary arts sector in curatorial, directorship, and executive roles in arts organisations in England (Hull Time Based Arts), Northern Ireland (Catalyst Arts) and Québec (La Chambre Blanche), and through her extensive practice as an independent curator. From 2012-2016, she was Artistic Director of Embassy for Water, the first Embassy for a shared physical entity, beyond the nation state. In tandem with this work, she was a Creative Producer on the successful Leeuwarden 2018 European Cultural Capital bid, and co-designed a core programme of Culture-Nature events. Julie Louise has served on arts advisory boards and juries for municipalities, arts councils and arts organisations in the UK and Canada, and undertaken consultancies on a range of public art projects in Australia and the UK.
As an artist, Julie Louise has exhibited extensively in an international context, including galleries in Australia (Artspace, Casula Powerhouse), Canada (SKOL Montreal, Eyelevel Gallery, Western Front), Ireland (Goethe Institute Dublin, Sirius Arts, Triskel Arts Centre, Catalyst Arts), Israel (CCA Tel Aviv), and Europe (White Cube London, Taidepanimo Cultural Centre Finland, Golden Thread Gallery, Catalyst Arts Belfast). In addition, she has presented performances and installations in festivals and site-responsive events throughout Europe.
Julie Louise has published widely on contemporary art and cultural theory, edited three anthologies, and initiated the anthology Arkive City 2.0: Tracing Time in the Network Ages which she is editing for release in 2020.