Juliette Kristensen

Staff details

Position Lecturer in Design, Programme Lead BA Design
Department Design
Email j.kristensen (@gold.ac.uk)
Juliette Kristensen

Juliette Kristensen is Programme Lead of BA Design. She is a design researcher, theorist and historian with a background in Philosophy, Cultural Studies and Critical Theory, who works within and through visual and material culture, specialising in the history and theory of technology and media.

Collaboration and dialogue are critical elements of her practice, embodied by her work on Art Vapours, an art practice with the film and video artist susan pui san lok on feminism and the everyday in publishing and broadcasting; as one of the ten researchers on The UCL 100 Hours Project; as Assistant Project Manager on Voices in the Visual Arts Oral History Project; and as editor of Journal of Visual Culture.

In addition to her academic work, she works an editor, publisher and broadcaster in the visual arts, communicating academic research in visual and material culture to as broad and diverse an audience as possible. She also has a commercial consultancy practice in design research and cultural analysis, where she works with research and insight agencies for clients across a variety of business sectors, including consumer technology and design, healthcare, automotive and property development.


BA Design

Featured Work

Media Appearances

Host and Producer, Paperweight Radio: Explorations in Visual and Material Culture, Resonance 104.4fm, 2013-15 (Two Series)

Guest on BBC Radio 4’s The Digital Human, Series 7, Episode 2 Magic, 20 April 2015.

Conference, Workshop and Seminar Papers

‘Contemporary Design History’, Memory, Collecting and the Future Archive Panel, Design and Time: The Design History Society Annual Conference 2016, Middlesex University, London, UK. 8-10 September 2016.

‘Speaking for The Technical Body’, Knowing, Doing, Living, Telling: Oral Histories of Scienti c Practice as Document, Narrative and Testimony Roundtable, Oral Histories of Science, Technology and Medicine: The Oral History Society Annual Conference, Royal Holloway University of London, Surrey, UK. 10 July 2015. [Invited Speaker]

‘Design History Practice: A Manifesto’, History of Design Professional Practice Workshop, Royal College of Art, London, UK. 6 May 2015. [Invited Speaker]

‘Speaking/Writing/Research’, Critical Waves, Birkbeck, University of London, UK. 20 April 2015. [Invited Speaker]

‘Orality and Literacy in the Digital Age: Some Initial Notes’, Radio Now!, London College of Communications, University of the Arts, London, UK. 21 March 2015. [Invited Speaker]

Art Vapours: Ways of Seeing, Hearing, and Speaking Again’, Thinking With Berger, Cardi Metropolitan University, Cardi , 4-5 September 2014. With susan pui san lok.

‘Writing Without Bodies: Telegrams from My Grandfather and Other Notes’, Making Letters Making Meaning, Institute of Historical Research, University of London, UK. 27 June 2014. [Invited Speaker]

‘The Object and ... and ... and ...’, The 100 Hours Forum, University College London, UK. 20 June 2014.

 ‘On Handling Objects: Or, What Do Objects Want?’, Thinking with Things 1500-1940 Seminar, Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, Cambridge University, UK. 4 June 2014. [Invited Speaker]

Research Interests

Trained in philosophy, cultural studies and critical theory, with a focus on the act of writing and its relationship to questions of embodiment, her research incorporates both the historical and the theoretical; the archival and the experiential; the material and the visual. Her broader research practice makes objects speak in different voices through different disciplinary practices and then critically interrogates these vocalisations, working to flesh out relationships between the visual and the material.


J.C.Kristensen, ‘Pockets of Slime’, Tenderfoot, ed. Laura White, 15 December 2017.  http://tenderfoot.co.uk/j-kristensen-slime/

J.C.Kristensen, ‘Jane Dillon’, ‘James Dyson’, ‘Jonathan Ive’, ‘Clive Sinclair’, ‘Karl and Bertha Benz’, ‘Ferdinand Porsche’, ‘Bruno Sacco’ and ‘Peter Behrens’, The Bloomsbury Dictionary of Design, London: Bloomsbury, 2015.

J.C.Kristensen and susan pui san lok, 'Six Women / Art Vapours' for Mnemoscape Magazine #2, ‘In the Presence of Absence’, 2015. https://www.mnemoscape.org/susan-pui-san-lok--jckristensen---six-w

J.C.Kristensen, ‘The Sony Walkman (Nobutoshi Kihara, 1978)’, in Grace Lees-Ma ei (ed.) Iconic Designs: 50 Stories About 50 Objects, London: Berg, 2014.

J.C.Kristensen, ‘On Images Running Away With Themselves: Or, Networking with Tubes and Cylinders’, The UCL 100 Hours Project, Response #4, 29 January 2014.

J.C.Kristensen, ‘I Was Not There’, The UCL 100 Hours Project, Response #3, 16 January 2014.

J.C.Kristensen  ‘Failure, Risk and The Horror of Negation’, The UCL 100 Hours Project, Response #2, 22 November 2013.

J.C. Kristensen, ‘Making Ways of Seeing: An Interview with Mike Dibb and Richard Hollis,’ Journal of Visual Culture 11(2), 2012, pp.59-74.