Residency | Julie Louise Bacon: The Habitat of Time

Arts Catalyst is delighted to announce a residency with Dr. Julie Louise Bacon who will join us as associate curator in early 2020 in the context of the international research project The Habitat of Time.

Bacon describes how, ‘Our experience of time is changing rapidly in the Network Ages, as technologies enable space to be crossed at phenomenal speeds, by bodies, images and information, and theories about matter and space evolve. While these conditions expose us to new possibilities and worldviews, they also fragment our attention span, compress our lives, and alter our sense of history and the future. 
The drives of progress and productivity, which are inherent to historical forms of industrial modernity that still dominate today, have broken down and remade geographies and cultures. The vast timescales of geology now mix in our imaginations through images of the Anthropocene, as climate crisis events shape our daily life and collective memories. Scientific discoveries from astrophysics to quantum computing expand our horizons and feed into new economic and technological programmes for the future. The nature of labour and the ways we think are shaped by the connectivity of digital networks and the processing capacity of the rare earth metals that fuel them. The local and the planetary mesh in ways that are simultaneously intangible and acute.
The Habitat of Time engages with the rapid shifts in our experience and understanding of time that are emerging through network society and the unstable conditions of globalisation. The initiative highlights the role of arts research in the creation of transdisciplinary approaches to time. It thinks through the material conditions of reality to focus on the dynamics of time that both frame and are embedded within mental life, social structures and the physical world. This results in a programme of work that generates relationships between diverse perspectives on the temporal: from the geological, historical and sensory, to the cultural, technological and cosmic.’
Emerging through a process of workshops, seminars, exhibitions and publications staged from 2018 to 2021, the project was developed through Bacon’s role at UNSW Art & Design and NIEA in Sydney, Australia. 
The three-month residency at Arts Catalyst will be formed of research and public activities that synthesise the project’s outcomes to date and expand the international research group. The residency at Arts Catalyst builds on collaborations with OzGrav at the University of Western Australia in Perth (2019), the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT) in Liverpool UK (2018), and Casula Powerhouse (2018) and Artspace in Sydney (2018).
Dr. Julie Louise Bacon is an artist, curator and writer. Her research explores the relationships between social, physical and mental life, as they are shaped through time and the interaction of technology and culture. In addition to presenting performances and installations in festivals and galleries worldwide, she has curated large-scale events investigating the layered time of archives, media, histories and sites: Tone- A Meeting of Sound and Light 2014 , Signal-Art and Network Technologies 2012, and Per-forming the Archive 2007-8. Bacon has held executive, directorship and curatorial posts in art centres in England, Northern Ireland and Québec and acted as an advisor and consultant for organisations including European Capital of Culture Leeuwarden 2018, and the Arts Councils of Northern Ireland and Québec. She has published widely on contemporary art and cultural theory and is based in Sydney, where she is a Lecturer at UNSW Art & Design and a researcher at the National Institute for Experimental Arts.