[NetBehaviour] Turbulence Commission: "Wikireuse" by Julia Christensen

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September 8, 2008
Turbulence Commission: "Wikireuse" by Julia Christensen

For six years, Julia Christensen has been creating a body of work about how
communities are reusing abandoned "big box" buildings -- the large,
free-standing, warehouse-like buildings made prominent by one-stop-shopping
corporations like Wal-Mart and Kmart. In 2004, she made a website about the
project at www.bigboxreuse.com. "Wikireuse" both updates this website and
invites users to participate in its development. Nodes on a map of the
United States catalog big box reuse at geo-coded locations; users can add to
the map by sending in information and/or documentation about a reused big
box building near them. Articles about big box reuse are also cataloged on
the website, so the user can read local accounts in local newspapers from
across the country. 

"Wikireuse" is a 2007 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc.,
(aka Ether-Ore) for its Turbulence web site. It was made possible with
funding from the Jerome Foundation."


Julia Christensen is an artist and writer whose work treads the fine line
between art and research. She is the author of "Big Box Reuse", forthcoming
from the MIT Press in November 2008. The book is a product of her ongoing
investigation of how communities are renovating and reusing abandoned big
box buildings. Curated by Astria Suparak, "Your Town Inc.", a solo show of
Christensen's work, is at the Miller Gallery, Carnegie Mellon University
until November 23, 2008. This fall, Christensen's photographs will also be
on display at the Carnegie Museum of Fine Arts as a part of the show "Worlds
Away: New Suburban Landscapes." Christensen also lectures widely. She holds
the chair of Luce Visiting Professor of the Emerging Arts at Oberlin
College, where she teaches in the Studio Arts and TIMARA (Technology in
Music and Related Arts) Departments.

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