Researcher

Dr Julie Louise Bacon

Field of Research (FoR)

Biography

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Julie Louise Bacon is an artist, curator and writer. Her research advances the emerging field of interdisciplinary time studies, examining the influence of technology’s evolving relationship with culture, and its impact on collective histories, individual experience and social space, and our relationship with the physical world.

She heads the development of the arts-led, interdisciplinary research initiative The Habitat of Time (2018-2020). This international project navigates critical shifts that are taking place in our experience and understanding of time by exploring relationships between physical, social and mental time-forms. It features a programme of exhibitions and curatorial speculations, seminars, conferences, and publications. These involve collaborations with institutions and individuals whose work leads contemporary thinking on time, technology and culture. In 2018, she advanced this research as a Fellow at the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (Liverpool, UK).

The Habitat of Time builds on her curation of a series of research 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 has developed exhibition programmes and arts policy in executive and curatorial posts in contemporary arts organisations in England, Québec and Northern Ireland. Her curatorial practice develops spaces for exploring the relationship between the contemporary and the historical, and advances site-sensitive and socially-engaged approaches to art making and cultural inquiry. Her work has attracted major funding from Arts Councils in England, Northern Ireland, Quebec and Canada, Creative Europe, Arts and Humanities Research Council UK, and numerous foundations.

From 2012-2016, she was Artistic Director of Embassy for Water, the first Embassy for a shared physical entity, beyond the nation state. The project formed a core component of Leeuwarden’s successful bid to be European Capital of Culture 2018 during her consultancy as a creative producer (2012-15). Julie Louise has served on arts advisory boards and juries for municipalities, arts councils and arts organisations, and undertaken consultancies on a range of public art projects.

As an artist, Julie Louise has exhibited extensively in an international context, including: Artspace Ideas Platform Sydney; Golden Thread Gallery Belfast; White Cube London; the CCA Tel Aviv; Eyelevel Halifax Canada.  Her work has also featured in a wide variety of festivals and curatorial projects that focus on community and public engagement through experimentation, exchange and dialogue.

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.

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