Lives & works in Portland, Oregon.


Julie Perini creates experimental and documentary videos/films, installations, and live events. Originally from Poughkeepie, NY, Julie has been exploring her immediate surroundings with cameras since age 15 when she discovered a VHS camcorder in her parent’s suburban home. Her work often explores the areas between fact and fiction, staged and improvised, personal and political. Her recent work is often made in response to or in collaboration with leftist social movements happening locally and globally. Julie's work has exhibited and screened internationally at such venues as the Centre Pompidou-Metz (France), Artists' Television Access (San Francisco), Visible Evidence XX (Stockholm), The Horse Hospital (London), Cornell Cinema (Ithaca, NY), Microscope Gallery (New York City), among others. She has been awarded artist residencies at Yaddo, Signal Fire, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, and Djerassi Resident Artists Program. She has received grants and fellowships in support of her work from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, The Regional Arts and Culture Council, the Oregon Arts Commission, and The Precipice Fund.

Her writing has been published by A.K. Press, Incite! The Journal of Experimental Media and Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts & Culture. She is a backcountry guide for Signal Fire, an organization that facilitiates opportunities for artists to engage with public lands and wild places. Her media production skills are largely self-taught, although after spending several years in the 1990s editing VHS tapes using two VCRs, she learned analog video production at PEGASYS Public Access TV in Ithaca, NY. She holds an MFA from the University at Buffalo’s Department of Media Study and a BS from Cornell University. Perini is an Associate Professor in the School of Art + Design at Portland State University. She is a member of the Portland State University chapter of the American Association of University Professors.

You might like to read Jesse Malmed's Interview with Julie Perini for Bad at Sports.

Julie Perini Resume (pdf)

You can follow more of what's going on my Vimeo page.

Artist Statement

My practice involves setting up situations or establishing processes to generate video/film footage so that I can edit it.  I love the entire process, but I really love the editing.  The shooting phase (or other image/documentation generation process such as audio recording or handmade film creation) is often intuitive, inquiry-driven and the outcome is uncertain. Editing provides an opportunity to reflect on the documentation, experiment with ways to create new meaning from it, and develop ways to best represent the core concepts of the work. I am interested in many social things: social systems, social institutions, social movements, social control, social identity, social events and more, and these concerns come through in the work. 

For example, for the past five years, I have been creating a daily Minute Movie, which is a video shot with the small camera I carry with me all the time. It is a single-take, 60-second long shot.  I then catalogue this material, study it, and use it as source material for new works. This has led to the creation of several pieces where I rhythmically edit this material to communicate the experience of being in the moment represented in the video (306 Steps in Guanajuato). My early training in music influences me when I work with the video material in this way.  I also use Minute Movie material to create diary-ish videos like The White Lady Diaries, which foregrounds my experience of myself as a white person, examining how that identity category impacts my everyday life. And much more is possible from this current practice - we'll see where it goes!


Photograph by Sarah Meadows