Julieta Aranda was born in 1975 in Mexico City, but lives and works in Berlin. Positioned at the centre of events and debates in the Berlin art scene, Julieta Aranda is a face associated with the most promising and progressive criticisms and analyses of the global world related to the search for something beyond the current state of affairs.
She is interested in the mechanisms and "poetics" of the circulation of ideas, things and people; in the potential of the politicized subject seen through the perception and the use of time, as well as through the notion of power over the imagination. Her diverse body of work exists beyond the limitations of the object; she is after the visualization of the fleeting notions of time, circulation and imagination. Her installations and projects are deeply related to a specific site; they engage with social interactions and the role played by the circulation of objects within the cycle of production and consumption. Many of her works investigate time – either through alternative experiences of time or through its relativity. Her works vary from testing the time coordinates of her own body to the vision of its existence within the alternative domain of outer space.
Since 2003, Julieta Aranda has collaborated with e-flux (http://www.e-flux.com/
) – a platform for information and archiving, an artistic project and curatorial framework, as well as a cultural project started in 1998 by Anton Vidokle. Currently she is editing together with him and Brian Kuan Wood the e-flux journal (http://www.e-flux.com/journal/
). Launched in 2008, it is now the most inspiring publication on contemporary art and art theory. Within the e-flux platform, Julieta Aranda has co-authored projects that present new models for art circulation and dissemination such as, for instance, the e-flux rental – a travelling video library of video works by artists from all over the world that are offered for free renting by the audience in various cities. In 2015, within the main exhibition of the 56th Venice Biennial, e-flux presented their project Supercommunity. The authors of the project together with leading artists, theoreticians and writers "exhumed" all kinds of dystopian and utopian visions of the future that are contained within the present. The project's authors claim: "I am the supercommunity, and you are only starting to recognize me. I grew out of something that used to be humanity. Some have compared me to angry crowds in public squares; others compare me to wind and atmosphere, or to software."… "I convert care to cruelty, and cruelty back to care. I convert political desires to economic flows and data, and then I convert them back again. I convert revolutions to revelations. I don't have desires; I want to leave, and then disperse myself everywhere and all the time."
Julieta Aranda's works have been shown in exhibitions and museums such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit (2017), Der Tank, Basel (2016), Guggenheim Museum (2015, 2009), 56th Venice Biennale (2015), Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel (2015), 8th Berlin Biennale (2014), Berardo Museum, Lisbon (2014), Witte de With (2013 and 2010), Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Villa Croce, Genoa (2013), MACRO Roma (2012) Documenta 13 (2012), N.B.K. (2012), Gwangju Biennial (2012), 54th Venice Biennale (2011), Istanbul Biennale (2011), Portikus, Frankfurt (2011), New Museum NY (2010), Kunstverein Arnsberg (2010), MOCA Miami (2009), Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2007), 2nd Moscow Biennial (2007) MUSAC, Spain (2010 and 2006), and the 7th Havana Biennial; amongst many others.