Jenny Odell is a Bay Area native/captive. Her work combines the mining of online imagery with writing and research, usually in an attempt to highlight the material nature of our modern networked existence. Because her practice involves collecting, tagging and cataloguing, she has often been compared to a natural scientist – specifically, a lepidopterist. Jenny's work has made its way into the Google Headquarters, Les Rencontres D'Arles, Arts Santa Monica, Fotomuseum Antwerpen, La Gaîté lyrique (Paris), the Lishui Photography Festival (China), the Made in NY Media Center, Apexart (NY), and East Wing (Dubai). It's also turned up in TIME Magazine's LightBox, The Atlantic, The Economist, WIRED, the NPR Picture Show, PBS News Hour, and a couple of Gestalten books. She teaches internet art and digital/physical design at Stanford. She would spend 80% of her life in a library if she could.
Utopian Fax Machines
Speaking about his recent iPad paintings and video pieces, David Hockney said in an interview: "...it’s not that I’m a technophile. I’m not, I never was, but I’m not a technophobe. Any [technology] about picture making would interest me." This talk will posit Hockney's relationship toward technology -- from photomontage to faxes, early computer drawings, and a car-mounted camera system inadvertently reminiscent of StreetView -- as a model for how an artist might uniquely engage new technologies without fetishizing them. Also covered: some contemporary digital artists who are doing this, recent related work of mine, and a story about a utopian fax machine.