Julian was born in Vancouver, Canada and currently teaches Digital Culture at Tilburg University in The Netherlands. Previously he taught at the University of British Columbia and the University of Lisbon before joining the Interactive Technologies Institute in Madeira, where he was a researcher from 2013-2020. Since 2015 he has co-authored a critical futures blog with James Auger called Crap Futures. In 2017 they won (with Laura Watts) the CCCB Cultural Innovation International Prize for The Newton Machine, a speculative project on energy. He has written extensively on modern and contemporary avant-gardes, with a focus on movements, manifestos, and activism. His latest book, The Manifesto Handbook: 95 Theses on an Incendiary Form, was published by Zero Books in 2020.