Julia will use her fellowship to undertake a month-long term of research and network building in Hong Kong. There she will survey how artists, curators, and institutions respond to a rapidly changing material culture through video and internet-based art, examining themes of beauty, consumption, and interface between technology and the body.
Julia is looking forward to establishing contacts within the arts community of Hong Kong which is currently generating a strong body of work that addresses the impact of digital media and technology, a crucial topic both in China and in the United States. Engaging with the arts community of Hong Kong represents a chance for Julia to take a larger role in increasing the diversity of new media artists exhibiting locally.
Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Julia began her curatorial practice with Interstitial a contemporary new media gallery in Georgetown. Her work focuses on how digital media influences the aesthetic presentation of gender, economics, and environment. Upon relocating to Seattle 4 years ago, she began working with Kira Burge to create venues in which new media artists could receive the maximum amount of curatorial support. From 2012 to 2014 she developed exhibitions at various galleries and institutions within the region: LxWxH, SOIL Gallery, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle Art Museum, Bumbershoot Festival, as well as participating in the Seattle Storefronts Project.