Janis Jefferies


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  • University of London, UK.

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  • ISEA2016

    Artist, writer and curator, Professor of Visual Arts in the Department of Computing, Goldsmiths University of London, UK and Director of the Constance Howard Resource and Research Centre in Textiles and Artistic Director of Goldsmiths Digital Studios. GDS is dedicated to collaborations among practicing artists, cultural and media theorists, and innovators in computational media, who together are expanding the boundaries of artistic practice, forging the future of digital technologies and developing new understanding of the interactions between technology and society. As artistic director of Goldsmiths Digital Studios, Jefferies convenes: the PhD in Arts and Computational Technology. Janis is also the Associate Pro Warden, Creative and Cultural Industries, her interests are in emergent business models and artists cultural rights (CREATe).

    ISEA2015

    Goldsmiths, University of London, UK. Jefferies is an artist, writer and curator and internationally recognised for her curatorial work, publishing and exhibitions of studio practice in Europe, Canada, Australia and Eastern Europe (400 research entries on the Goldsmiths Research database). Her areas of expertise lie at the intersection of arts and technology (textiles, performance, sound, publishing), new economic business models (NESTA) cultural heritage (museums and archives).

    ISEA2014

    University of London, UK

    ISEA2013

    Professor in Visual Arts, Goldsmiths Digital Studios, University of London, UK

    ISEA2011

    Janis Jef­feries is an artist, writer and cu­ra­tor, Pro­fes­sor of Vi­sual Arts at the De­part­ment of Com­put­ing, Gold­smiths, Uni­ver­sity of Lon­don, UK, Di­rec­tor of the Con­stance Howard Re­source and Re­search Cen­tre in Tex­tiles and Artis­tic Di­rec­tor of Gold­smiths Dig­i­tal Stu­dios. In the last five years she has been work­ing on tech­no­log­i­cally based arts, in­clud­ing Woven Sound (with Dr. Tim Black­well) and has been a prin­ci­pal in­ves­ti­ga­tor on pro­jects in­volv­ing new hap­tics tech­nolo­gies (with the goal of bring­ing the sense of touch to the in­ter­face be­tween peo­ple and ma­chines) and gen­er­a­tive soft­ware sys­tems for cre­at­ing and in­ter­pret­ing cul­tural arte­facts, mu­se­ums and the ex­ter­nal en­vi­ron­ment. She is an as­so­ci­ate re­searcher with Hexa­gram (In­sti­tute of Media, Arts and Tech­nolo­gies, Mon­treal, Canada) on two pro­jects, elec­tronic tex­tiles and new forms of media com­mu­ni­ca­tion in cloth. She cur­rently holds a Crafts Coun­cil Spark Plug cu­rat­ing award for a pro­ject that seeks to ex­am­ine the cre­ative and dy­namic re­la­tion­ship be­tween math­e­mat­ics, math­e­mat­i­cal forms and craft through an ex­plo­ration of a par­tic­u­lar maths and tex­tile archive, called Com­mon Threads. Key pub­li­ca­tions in­clude, “Laboured Cloth: Trans­la­tions of Hy­brid­ity in Con­tem­po­rary Art”, in The Ob­ject of Labor: Art, Cloth, and Cul­tural Pro­duc­tion, edited by Joan Liv­ingston and John Ploof , and pub­lished by The Art School of the Art In­sti­tute of Chicago/MIT Press in 2007, and “Con­tem­po­rary Tex­tiles: the Art Fab­ric” in Con­tem­po­rary Tex­tiles: The Fab­ric of Fine Art, Black Dog pub­lish­ing, 2008. Her essay, “Lov­ing At­ten­tion: An out­burst of Craft in Con­tem­po­rary Art” will be part of the forth­com­ing an­thol­ogy Extra/or­di­nary: Craft Cul­ture and Con­tem­po­rary Art (forth­com­ing, Duke Uni­ver­sity Press and edited by Dr. Maria Elena Buszek). Re­cent pub­li­ca­tions in 2010 in­clude ‘The Artist as Re­searcher in a Com­puter Me­di­ated Cul­ture’, in Art Prac­tices in a Dig­i­tal Cul­ture, eds. Gar­diner and Gere, Ashs­gate Pub­lish­ing. She is co-ed­i­tor of the vol­ume In­ter­faces of Per­for­mance (Ash­gate, 2009).


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