Julian Oliver is a New Zealander, Critical
Engineer, systems administrator and electronic artist based in Berlin. His work
and lectures have been presented at many conferences, museums, festivals and international
electronic-art events including Transmediale,
the Chaos Computer Congress, Ars Electronica, Tate Modern, FILE and the Japan Media Arts
Festival. Julian has received several awards, most notably the distinguished
Golden Nica at Prix Ars Electronica 2011 for the project Newstweek (with Daniil
Vasiliev). He is the co-author of the Critical Engineering Manifesto and
co-founder of Crypto Party in Berlin, who’s shared studio Weise7 hosted the first
three crypto-parties worldwide. He is also the co-founder of BLACKLIST, a screening and panel series focused on
the primary existential threats of our time.
Julian has given numerous workshops and master classes in data forensics,
creative hacking, computer networking, counter-surveillance, software art,
object-oriented programming, radio, UNIX/Linux, (and previously) augmented
reality, virtual architecture, video-game development and information
He is an advocate of Free and Open Source Software and
is a supporter of, and contributor to, initiatives that reinforce rights of
privacy and anonymity in networked and non-networked domains.
He has often donated his time and experience in these areas to the support of activist initiatives and
at risk groups, with a focus on environmental defense.
Articles about Julian’s work, or work he’s made with others, have appeared in
many news channels. Among them are The BBC (UK), The Age (AU), Der Spiegel (DE),
El Pais (ES), Liberation (FR), The New York Times (US), La Vanguardia (ES), The
Guardian Online (UK), Cosmopolitan (US), Wired (DE, US, UK), Slashdot (US), Boing
Boing (US), Computer World (World) and several television stations worldwide.
For a selected list of lectures, exhibitions and workshops given since
1996, click here.
To better understand some of the ideas behind Julian’s work, see
Julian Oliver - Artist Profile,
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Julian Oliver grew up on a small farm in New Zealand, raised on bowhunting,
trapping, skinning, eeling, farm-work, pre-desktop computers and a really nice
collection of early electronic and experimental music.
On becoming an adult Julian became vegetarian, discovering that all the
deforestation, water-pollution, CO2, CH4, loss of wild, containment, selective breeding,
fear, slaughter, refrigeration, plastic and general horribleness of animal
agriculture wasn’t necessary to be a healthy human being. For these reasons he hasn’t killed
and/or eaten an animal since, now a herbivore and anti-speciesist.
He’s a long-time fan of GNU/Linux and Free, Open Source Software, having used Debian GNU/Linux as his primary computing platform
since the year 2000, and installed his first server the year after. What he hasn’t learned from collaboration he has taught himself.
Julian is a devotee of the bow and arrow, shooting in the ancient instinctive
(‘barebow’) style. He trains on a Bodnik 30lb Slick Stick hybrid longbow and
shoots a barebow 55lb Hoyt Buffalo take-down hunting recurve or 50lb Bodnik
Mohawk Chief hunting hybrid take-down longbow when in the field (usually a forest).