As an artist-designer and geographer my interdisciplinary work brings together the fields of Computational Aesthetics, Geography, Design and Feminist TechnoScience. My practice is both one of writing and making and these two modes mutually inform each other in order to consider the impact of computational practices on our engagement with environments. Central to my work is the consideration of co-research, participation and environmental practices. My practice often emerges as workshops, collaborative events and computational art.
Since 2013 I have worked as a researcher for the European Research Council funded project "Citizen Sense" led by Dr Jennifer Gabrys. Where in collaboration we have developed ground breaking and internationally recognised participatory research on sensing practices. As both researchers and makers we have developed innovative creative methods that use physical computing and sensing technologies to think through and develop new theories of citizen sensing.
My interdisciplinary dissertation on “Animal Hackers” considers the entanglement of more-than-humans with ubiquitous computing. Examining the practices of environmental data that emerge in the context of communicative capitalism from planetary-scale computational ecologies. In the project I focus on fieldwork with dairy cows monitored by remote cameras in a “big data” environmental observatory, participatory urban sensing by an internet-famous cat and the genetic engineering of Transgenic Fish to monitor water quality. The diffractive figure of the ‘Animal-Hacker’ is used to consider activities of sensing not as measuring or writing the other, but instead as co-writing with articulate nonhumans.The dissertation focuses on how the animal is inscripted with, and by, new technology and the theoretical perspectives that we need in order to take seriously the participation of nonhuman animals in computational systems. Developing a set of practices as a manifesto for designing for “more-than-human” computing. During this project I undertook visiting research at the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong. I am an EPSRC funded Phd candidate at Queen Mary, University of London supervised by Dr Kathryn Yusoff (Geography Queen Mary, University of London), Professor Jane Prophet (Interdisciplinary Computing, Goldsmiths, University of London ) and Dr Emile Devereaux (Digital Media Practice, Sussex University).
As an artist and designer I have shown work internationally including Tate Exchange (UK), Transmediale (Germany), DA Fest International festival of Digital Art, (Bulgaria), Spacex (UK), Microwave Festival (Hong Kong), ACA Florida, (USA), Arnolfini Online (UK) and previously held associate lectureships in Art, Technology and Critical Studies at Plymouth University (where I was a member of Kurator) and Dartington College of Arts.
My work 'The Recipe Exchange' commissioned by Spacex Off-Site program is featured in the illustrated section charting significant projects undertaken by the artists and curators in "Gallery as Community: Art, Education, Politics", Whitechapel Gallery, London in collaboration with Valiz. I am currently a Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology on the European Research Council Project, Citizen Sense led by Jennifer Gabrys; and a lecturer on the MFA Computational Arts programme at Goldsmiths, University of London.