Julian Priest is an artist and independent researcher living and working in New Zealand. He was co-founder of early wireless freenetwork community Consume.net in London. He became an activist and advocate for the freenetworking movement and has pursued wireless networking as a theme in fields of arts, development, and policy.
He has written and lectured on the subject through Informal - an informal independent research framework. He was one of the instigators of WSFII, the world summits on free information infrastructures, which was an international series of events to promote grass roots information infrastructures.
He has commented on radio spectrum policy and co-founded policy intervention OpenSpectrum UK to advocate an open spectrum in the public interest, in Europe and the UK.
Since 2005 he has developed an artistic practice around participatory and collaborative forms and has shown works internationally in the UK, Latvia, Germany and New Zealand. He has worked with students and been peer advisor at the Banff New Media Institute in Canada
He is currently focused on art practice and his current interests are around the physical and cultural boundaries between technology and the environment. Most recently these have found expression in a new show 'A Geekosytem'. He is based in Whanganui, New Zealand where he has opened a new public project room 'The Green Bench'.