Jonathan Harris

Jonathan Harris (b. Aug 27, 1979) makes projects that re-imagine how humans relate to technology and to each other. Combining elements of computer science, anthropology, visual art and storytelling, his projects range from building the world’s largest time capsule (with Yahoo!) to documenting an Alaskan Eskimo whale hunt on the Arctic Ocean (with a warm hat).

He is the co-creator of We Feel Fine, which continuously measures the emotional temperature of the human world through large-scale blog analysis, and has made other projects about online dating, modern mythology, anonymity, news, and language.

After studying computer science at Princeton University, he won a 2005 Fabrica fellowship and three Webby Awards. His work has also been recognized by AIGA, Ars Electronica, the state of Vermont (for which he co-designed the state quarter), Print Magazine (which named him a 2008 New Visual Artist) and The World Economic Forum (which named him a 2009 Young Global Leader).

His work is in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art (New York) and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, has also been exhibited at Le Centre Pompidou (Paris), The Victoria and Albert Museum (London), and The National Museum of Contemporary Art (Athens), and has appeared on CNN, NPR, BBC, and Bhutanese television.

He has given talks at Google, Princeton and Stanford Universities, the TED Conference, and at two hippy forest gatherings. Born in Vermont, he now floats between Brooklyn, NY, the open road, and cyberspace.

Session: Turning Points

I’ll talk about some major turning points in my life -- things I used to believe that I no longer believe, painful moments that ended up being doorways into something else, highs and lows, and other ways in which life’s topography determines your art. I’ll talk about all this against the backdrop of my desire to humanize the Web and evolve the art of storytelling, touching on insights and principles picked up along the way.

Panel: Performance and Data

Performance and Data - Embodied, Rehearsed, Theatrical practices of Data Representation

When we think about data representation, we often think inside the boundaries of print and screen-based communication. But, what about performance? Panelists will discuss their experiences with incorporating data into performative acts, both musical and theatrical.

none: Book Signing Event

Join us in Gallery 8 at 4:30 for a book signing event with several Eyeo speakers including Ben Fry, Casey Reas, Joshua Noble, Manuel Lima, Jonathan Harris and Daniel Shiffman.