Dr Julie Freeman

Art Associate, Open Data Institute
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Julie is currently Art Associate at the ODI, co-directing the Data as Culture art programme

Julie Freeman translates complex processes and data from natural sources into kinetic sculptures, physical objects, images, sound compositions and animations. Her work explores relationship between science and the natural world; questioning the use of technology in how we translate nature.

Julie’s focus is the investigation of data as an art material, using it to create work which reflects the human condition through the analysis and representation of live animal data. A mix of computer scientist, artist and future speculator, she often works collaboratively and experimentally with organisations, scientists and curators to curate, develop and produce works, projects and exhibitions around the concept of data.

Over the past 15 years, her work has been shown at leading institutions including: the V&A, London’s Institute of Contemporary Art, Barbican Centre, and the Science Museum, as well as internationally. Julie has won awards from the Wellcome Trust, the Arts Council, and a fellowship from Nesta, she is a TED senior fellow. In addition to her work at the ODI, Julie is a visiting researcher at the Media & Arts Technology DTC at Queen Mary University of London, and creative director of Fine Acts, a not-for-profit bridging art, technology and human rights.

Julie co-directs the ODI Data as Culture art programme with ODI Associate Curator Hannah Redler Hawes.

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