As an artist I seek to understand the systems we live among and how they affect us. That makes me in many ways a pattern-seeker, rummaging in masses of data for hints of something deeper that is shaping our world. But this isn’t the data of Google or Facebook; this doesn’t end up in credit card sales. This is the small data, the otherwise forgotten data, the bits and pieces that fall through the cracks or was never seen at all. This is the data of the immaterial: the shape of a breath, the composition of the air, captured and mobilized through space and time.
And I am a machinophile, seeking to understand the machine logics all around us. We are all becoming-machine anyway. Why shouldn’t we sing alongside the voices of compressors and air pumps? Why shouldn’t we care for robots in the same way we care for pets, find friendship in vehicles and alarms? The same electric energy running through all of us.
But I am a body, I am not a machine, and unlike the Futurists I don’t want to be. So I temper all this by being also a wanderer, a traipser of lands, an accidental encounterer and assembler of things that a computer would need to be told to put together. By being fragile, by making new machines also in This Image. By seeking at all. By holding on to things with the selective intensity a machine doesn’t, and by letting go: no backsies and no backup drives.
As an undergraduate, Jenny studied Computational Biology and Art-Semiotics at Brown University, a spectrum of interests which she is now pursuing through a MFA in Emergent Digital Practices at the University of Denver.