Julie Westerman works across sculpture, drawing, film, animation, and as a curator. Often involved in cross disciplinary research, this has led to collaborations in art science to produce Fly Birdie Fly for the Olympic year, and an IAS Fellowship, Durham University 2014 on the theme of Light, to develop research on Art/Science/Light. Curatorial projects investigated the rethinking of utopian modernist architecture in the contemporary urban cityscape providing artists the forum to imagine the both the utopian and dystopian futures of European Cities. Tegel: Flights of Fancy and Tegel Speculations and Propositions. Current research Urban Exploration, a series of cross-disciplinary walks around Lisbon.
Working with drawing, sculpture, film, animation, and CAD, my work engages with a range of research questions. An ongoing body of work considers the pervading anxiety over global warming and our reactions to catastrophic events of natural forces. This has been as a focus for a series of projects that juxtapose structural failure and climatic events, subjective responses to unpredictable natural phenomena, and their relation to the science that explains and predict them. Encounter (Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, 2009) Disaster Bridges (Die Panke, Berlin), Noel was Responsible (Transition Annnual 3: Catastrophe, Artwords, 2012), and It was Iris (AMBruno 2013).
Cross-disciplinary and collaborative research runs through my practice. An art /science collaboration developed for the Olympic year with Dr John Hart resulted in a film Fly Birdie Fly 2012. During 2014 I undertook a fellowship at the Institute of Advanced Study, Durham University, developing cross-disciplinary projects as part of their 2013/2014 program on the theme of light. During this time I collaborated with Professor Peter Adey developing an project drawn from the research around the history of levitation and with IAS Fellows for a forthcoming cross disciplinary publication To the Lighthouse.
A further and long running series of collaborative works and research explores the artists’ role in imagining both the utopian and dystopian future European cities. Brutalist Speculations and Flights of Fancy, a symposium and book including artists and writers from Berlin/ UK (Site Gallery 2011); Tegel: Flights of Fancy, a film screening of thirty artists, Kino Babylon June 2012, in collaboration with the Verein zur Förderung, Tegel: Speculations and Propositions, a publication and DVD, co-edited with Jasper Joseph-Lester and Susanne Prinz (The Greenbox, 2013).
Department of Art and Design
Science, Technology and Arts
Fine Art Studio 2
Fine Art Studio 1 Fine Art Studio 3
- Art and Design Research Centre
- Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute
To the Lighthouse Urban Exploration
Jaspar Joseph Lester, Royal College of Art
Susanne Prinz. Verein zur Förderung von Kunst und Kultur am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz Professor Peter Adey. UCL
Postgraduate network in Art, Design and Media Trustee: Site Gallery, Sheffield