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Julie Louise Bacon is an artist, curator and writer. Her work explores the relationship between technology and culture, through the investigation of archives, memory, the fabric of the physical world and social space. Her projects emphasize the interplay of poetics and politics, empirical and speculative approaches. She has been invited to present her performance, installation, mixed-media and Land Art projects in galleries, biennials, and...view more
Julie Louise Bacon is an artist, curator and writer. Her work explores the relationship between technology and culture, through the investigation of archives, memory, the fabric of the physical world and social space. Her projects emphasize the interplay of poetics and politics, empirical and speculative approaches. She has been invited to present her performance, installation, mixed-media and Land Art projects in galleries, biennials, and non-traditional arts spaces around the world. Her PhD and MFA supervision experience spans these areas of research and practice in art making, curation and writing. At UNSW Art & Design, Julie Louise teaches across the BFA programme, and the Master of Curating and Cultural Leadership, a programme that she co-designed with courses on Australian Arts Ecology, Curating: Site and Situation and Curating: Social Space.
Julie Louise's recent large-scale curatorial projects include the international festival of visual and sonic arts TÖNE: A meeting of Sound and Light (art and heritage sites in Chatham, Kent, 2014), supported by the Arts Council of England and the University of Kent, and the conference Signal : Art and Technology (La Chambre Blanche, Québec, 2012), which received new media funding awards from the Canada Council, Quebec Arts Council and the City of Quebec.
Recent art projects include: The Time Salon (Artspace Ideas Platform, 2017), Resurveying Site: Sandy Point Analemma (Walkerville Hall, 2015); the short film A to Z of the Archive (White Cube Bermondsey, 2013), and the Land Art work Alchemical Dialogues (Desert Equinox, Broken Hill, Australia, 2012). Bacon has published numerous articles and book chapters, as well as editing three anthologies, on contemporary art practices and cultural theory.
Julie Louise has contributed to the development of arts’ infrastructure through directorships and curatorial posts at Artist Run Initiatives in England, Canada and Northern Ireland (Hull Time Based Arts, Espace Virtuel, and Catalyst Arts in Northern Ireland). Most recently she was Associate Curator at the contemporary arts centre La Chambre Blanche in Quebec City (2010-2012). She has served on advisory panels and juries for Arts Councils in the UK and Canada, and public art consultancies in Europe and Australia. Bacon was Artistic Director of Embassy For Water, developed in collaboration with Director James Geurts in 2012, as the first Embassy for a shared global entity, beyond the nation-state. The Embassy formed a core part of Leeuwarden’s successful bid to be named European Capital of Culture 2018 through a three-year consultancy (2012-15), and has involved exhibitions, discussion events, and residency projects in the Middle East, Australia and Europe.
Her practice-based PhD (2006) explored the role of contemporary art methodologies in designing new museological practices. She surveyed artists’ experiments from the 1990s onwards in this field in her thesis Recollecting the Poetry and Politics of Archival Spaces : Performance and Installation in the Museum. This was accompanied by The Suicide of Objects, a survey exhibition (2004) that attracted a New Work Curatorial Grant for the commissioning of 12 new works presented in Belfast at the Ulster Museum, Catalyst Arts and public spaces throughout the city. She also presented a series of six Museum Actions at institutions including the People’s Palace in Glasgow and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.