Julian Oliver is a New Zealander, Critical
Engineer and artist based in Berlin. His work
and lectures have been presented at many museums, galleries, international
electronic-art events and conferences, including the Tate Modern, Transmediale,
the Chaos Computer Congress, Ars Electronica, 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).
Julian has also given numerous workshops and master classes in software art,
data forensics, creative hacking, computer networking, counter-surveillance,
object-oriented programming for artists, augmented reality, virtual
architecture, video-game development, information visualisation and UNIX/Linux
worldwide. He is an advocate of Free and Open Source Software and is a supporter
of, and contributor to, initiatives that promote and reinforce rights in the
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 exhibitions, lectures 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 bow-hunting, eeling,
farm-work, pre-desktop computers and a really nice collection of early electronic
and experimental music.
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. What he hasn’t learned from collaboration he has taught himself.
On becoming an adult Julian discovered that all the deforestation, water pollution,
loss of wild, containment, selective breeding, fear, slaughter, refrigeration,
plastic and general horribleness of animal agriculture was not necessary to be a
healthy human being. For these
reasons he hasn’t killed and/or eaten an animal since, now benefitting from
a plant-based diet.
Julian is an eternal student of the bow and arrow, shooting in the ancient
instinctive (also known as ‘barebow’) style. He trains on a Bodnik 30lb Slick
Stick hybrid longbow and shoots a barebow 40lb Hoyt Buffalo take-down hunting
recurve or 50lb Slick Stick when in the field (usually a forest).