Julia Spencer Oram

Julia Oram's NOSTOS; ΝΟΣΤΑΛΓΊΑ multidisciplinary investigation examines the link between time, space, and collective memory through analog photography, a medium strongly linked to a longing for the past, either far or near from us. It includes the thesis paper, as well as a book containing pictures and texts which portray different moments set up in a very specific setting: Greece, the place where Julia's family roots lie and where she spent many summers (and still does). 

The beginning of the thesis introduces the nostalgic mind, i.e., the connection between memory and perception. It then introduces nostalgia's connection with collective memory. Then, it dives into nostalgic aesthetics, introducing analog practices that have evolved over time. Lastly, the focus shifts to nostalgic digital media and its impact on both analog and digital photography within today’s cultural landscape. The book acts as a concrete companion to the paper by concretely showing Julia's own journey into nostalgia.

Julia Spencer Oram

Multidisciplinary artist.

Where do you see yourself in 20 years?

I see myself exhibiting and hopefully working at my own gallery.

What is a good design for you?

Something minimal, and yet interesting.

What was the most challenging experience during your studies?

Working while learning.

Who or what inspires you?

Pierre Cordier who was the creator of the chemigrams.

How do you approach a new project?

I just do, and try not to overthink.

What advice would you give to students who just started studying in your programme?

Try to be open minded about what others are saying as it could lead to inspiration, and always ask for help if need be.

Have you changed during your studies? How?

Yes, I have sold a few pieces of my work which was a really nice feeling.

Why did you choose to study in your programme?

I have taken Communication Design and then realized that photography was more my thing.

What are you not going to miss in your studies?

Thesis papers

How are you going to celebrate your graduation?

With close friends.

Florian Lange