Julie Louise Bacon is an artist, curator and writer. Her work explores the fabric of urban life and social space, thinking around the relationship between time, technology and culture, including archive theory, and the relationship between aesthetics and politics. Her projects emphasize the interplay of poetic and philosophical viewpoints, combining practical 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 BA Hons programme and postgraduate courses, and has contributed to curriculum development in areas including the Masters of Curating and Cultural Leadership and time-based arts.
Julie Louise's recent 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), sponsored by the Canada Council, Quebec Arts Council and the City of Quebec.
Recent art projects include: 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 is editor of three anthologies exploring contemporary art practices in the broader context of cultural theory and societal trends.
Bacon is 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. This ongoing conceptual art project has resulted in exhibitions, discussion events, and residency projects in the Middle East, Australia and Europe. The Embassy formed a core part of Leeuwarden’s successful bid to be named European Capital of Culture 2018. For this iteration of the project, a physical Embassy will be opened in the Dutch city and host a year-long programme of art events in the Friesland region.
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.
Her practice-based PhD (2006) examines the intersection of contemporary art, curatorial and museological practices, with a thesis surveying artists’ strategies from the 1990s onwards in Recollecting the Poetry and Politics of Archival Spaces : Performance and Installation in the Museum. This was accompanied by The Suicide of Objects exhibition (2004), featuring 12 art commissions presented in Belfast at the Ulster Museum, Catalyst Arts and public spaces throughout the city. She also presented a series of six Museum Actionsat institutions including the People’s Palace in Glasgow and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.