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Julia Oldham
updated: 07/23/2010
website: www.juliaoldham.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Midge
Darkling
Breeze and Twiddle
Pull
Dragger
Radioactive Fairytale
Radio Prairie
Weighing the Earth
Determining the Speed of Light
Entanglement
 
Portfolio Keywords:  science, animals, gestural, systems, repetition, nature, pattern, identity, memory
 
 
Midge by Julia Oldham
Midge
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2009
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Darkling by Julia Oldham
Darkling
HD Video
2008
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Breeze and Twiddle by Julia Oldham
Breeze and Twiddle
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2008
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Pull by Julia Oldham
Pull
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2005
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Dragger by Julia Oldham
Dragger
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2006
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Radioactive Fairytale by Julia Oldham
Radioactive Fairytale
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2010
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Radio Prairie by Julia Oldham
Radio Prairie
Video
2010
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Weighing the Earth by Julia Oldham
Weighing the Earth
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2010
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Determining the Speed of Light by Julia Oldham
Determining the Speed of Light
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2010
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Entanglement by Julia Oldham
Entanglement
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2010
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Artist Statement

I investigate the scientific world as a passionate outsider. My practice involves research, collaboration with specialists, and field work, but my videos move away from strict science; they are subjective and sensual explorations of scientific ideas. My body is my tool for measurement, and I use it to examine the effects of invasive insects on forests, fundamental constants of the universe, or the electrical emanations of plants. Sound plays an important role in creating narrative: one can hear the whirring of a Fizeau apparatus that is measuring the speed of light, an electrical hum, fingers rustling leaves, water dripping, or the sound of gravity pulling two bodies together. I examine the place where science and art must part ways; and I force them back together again.

 

 

Artist Bio / CV

 Julia Oldham was raised by a physicist, an avid gardener and a pack of dogs in rural Western Maryland, and her childhood was filled with adventures in the woods, bee stings, drawings, and science experiments. Oldham studied art history at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and then received her MFA from the University of Chicago. She lives in Brooklyn, and she also travels around the country to participate in residencies.

Oldham's work has been screened/exhibited at Art in General in New York, NY; MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, NY; PPOW in New York, NY; The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, IL; Espaço3 in Lisbon, Portugal; the Dia Foundation at the Hispanic Society in New York, NY; the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC; and FACT in Liverpool, UK. Her work has been supported by Artadia, the Fund for Art and Dialogue, New York, NY; Art in General, New York, NY; Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, Clermont, KY; and the City of Chicago Departent of Cultural Affairs, Chicago, IL.