Jennifer Parker

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Most Recent Affiliation(s):

  • University of California at Santa Cruz, _Professor

ISEA Bio(s) Available:

  • ISEA2020

    Jennifer Parker is an artist and Professor of Art. She is the founding Director of UCSC OpenLab Research Center and served as Art Department Chair from 2012-2017. She is currently helping spearhead the UC Placemaking Art & Design initiative, a new multi-campus research cluster implementing place-based artworks on UC campuses and the surrounding communities. Parker served as principle faculty for the Digital Arts & New Media (DANM) MFA program where she directed the Mechatronicscollaborative research cohort from 2009-2015 developing research projects that combine art, design, science, and technology.

    She serves on the faculty advisory board for UCSC CITRIS and is an active board member for SOUNDWAVE, a San Francisco-based non-profit arts organization that creates meaningful, cutting edge art and music experiences through the activation of people, places and environments in the San Francisco Bay Area. Parker maintains a multifaceted art practice at the intersection of art and science. From 2008-2012 she collaborated with artist Barney Haynes as SonicSENSE, an expandable and evolving site for art, culture, new technologies, collaboration, and participation.

    More recently Parker has been working as a founding member of The Algae Society: Bio Art and Design Collective. The Algae Society is a global collective of interdisciplinary researchers working together to establish a new community with algae, as a non-human international research partner. For Parker, being an artist in todays world means thinking critically with compassion with a focus lens on climate change combining art and science to tell stories that reflect the challenges of all species living on the planet.


    Jennifer Parker, Professor, Sculpture, Digital Arts/New Media, Founding Director, OpenLab Collaborative Research Center, University of California at Santa Cruz, USA.

Last Known Location:

  • Santa Cruz, California, United States of America

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