Dr. Helen Pritchard
Queen Mary University of London, Department of Geography. Funded by enhanced EPSRC studentship. Interdisciplinary Ph.D. across Geography, Design and Computing.
Dissertation: The Animal Hacker
Supervisors: Kathryn Yusoff (Geography), Jane Prophet (Computing, Goldsmiths College), Emile Devereaux (Digital Media, Sussex University).
MRes. Digital Innovation 2011
University of Lancaster, High Wire, Department of Design and Department of Computing. Funded by EPSRC studentship.
Thesis: The Aesthetics of Co-Creation
MRes. Digital Art and Technology (distinction) 2010
University of Plymouth, Department of Çomputing. Funded by DCA CPD grant.
Thesis: A Conversation of Things: Cultivating Communities through the Sociability of Scores
Ba (hons) Performance Writing and Visual Arts (2:1) 2003
Dartington College of Arts.
Head of Digital Arts Computing and Lecturer in Computing (Digital and Computational Art).
Department of Computing, Goldsmiths, University of London. (Sept 2017-present)
Researcher (FT), European Research Council funded project Citizen Sense.
Goldsmiths,University of London, Department of Sociology. (July 2013 – Sept 2017)
Lecturer, Computational Art MFA.
Department of Computing, Goldsmiths, University of London. (2016 – Sept 2017)
Senior Research Fellow, Art and Science.
School of Creative Media, City University, Hong Kong. (January 2013 – July 2013)
Associate Lecturer in Fine Art.
University of Plymouth (Stage 2 & 3 Critical Studies). (2009-2013).
Associate Lecturer in Fine Art (0.8) (Contemporary Practices) and Writing.
University College Falmouth, Dartington Campus. Graduate and Postgraduate Courses Taught: Contextual Studies; Multi Channel Video; Visual Practice; Studio Practice; Material, Form, Discourse, Writing. Critical Arts Practice, Writing (contemporary practice),Writing (Script writing), Digital Art Practice. (2006-2010)
Creative Producer, Dorchester Festival.
Dorchester Arts Centre (2004-2006)
Walford Mill Craft Centre. (2003-2004)
Environment Centre, Lancaster University (2014, 2015, 2017). Computing Department, University of West of England (2016). Design & Technology MFA Parsons Paris (2015), Design & Environment MA, Goldsmiths, University of London (2012), Savannah College of Art & Design, Hong Kong Campus (2012), Plymouth University (2007), Rogaland Art School, Norway (2005).
Pritchard, Helen and Jennifer Gabrys. “From Citizen Sensing to Collective Monitoring: Working through the Perceptive and Affective Problematics of Environmental Pollution." In the “Border Topologies,” special issue edited by Nishat Awan for GeoHumanities (2016, special issue based on the Border Topologies event, 2014). (Editors Choice award)
Gabrys, Jennifer, Helen Pritchard and Benjamin Barratt. “Just Good Enough Data: Figuring Data Citizenships through Air Pollution Sensing and Data Stories,” Big Data & Society 3(2). In the special theme issue, “Practicing, Materializing and Contesting Environmental Data,” eds. Jennifer Gabrys and Nerea Calvillo (2016).
Prophet, Jane and Helen Pritchard. "Performative Apparatus and Diffractive Practices: An Account of Artificial Life Art," Artificial Life, 21(3), pp. 332-343. In the special theme issue "Artificial Life Art and Creativity" ed. Alan Dorin (2015).
Pritchard, Helen and Jane Prophet. "Diffractive Art Practices: Computation and the Messy Entanglements between Mainstream Contemporary Art, and New Media Art," artnodes,15. In the special theme issue "Art Matters I" eds. Pau Alsina and Ana Rodríguez Granell (2015).
Jane Prophet and Helen Pritchard, "SE Asian Ubicomp and ALife: Roaming and Homing with TechnoSphere2.0 Computational Companions," CHI’15 Extended Abstracts: Between the Lines:Reevaluating the Online/Offline Binary. ACM (2015).
Pritchard, Helen. "Thinking with the Animal Hacker, articulation in ecologies of earth observation," A Peer Reviewed Journal about,Berlin/ Aarhus: transmediale/darc, aarhus university. In special theme issue "Back When Pluto Was a Planet, The Reinvention of Research as Participatory Practice", eds. Geoff Cox and Christian Anderson (2013) .
Pritchard Helen, Eric Snodgrass and Magda Tyzlik-Carver, eds. Data Browser 06: ExecutingPractices. New York, NY : Autonomedia. (2017)
Gabrys, Jennifer and Helen Pritchard. “Sensing Practices.” In Posthuman Glossary, eds. Rosi Braidotti and Maria Hlavajova. London: Bloomsbury Press, forthcoming.
Pritchard Helen.“Critter Compiler”. In Data Browser 06: Executing Practices, eds. HelenPritchard, Eric Snodgrass and Magda Tyzlik-Carver. New York, NY: Autonomedia.(2017)
Gabrys, Jennifer, Helen Pritchard, Nerea Calvillo, Tom Keene and Nick Shapiro. “Becoming Civic:Fracking, Air Pollution and Environmental Sensing Technologies.” In CivicMedia: Technology, Design, Practice, eds. Eric Gordon and Paul Mihailidis. Cambridge,MA: MIT Press. (2016); online version published (2015)
Prophet Jane and Helen Pritchard. "Ubiquitous-ALife in TechnoSphere 2.0: the design,individuation and entanglement of ubicomp apps in urban South East Asia". In, Ubiquitous Computing, Complexity, and Culture. Eds. Ulrik Ekman, Jay David Bolter, Lily Díaz, Morten Søndergaard, Maria Engberg, p254-266. Routledge: NewYork. (2015)
Pritchard Helen.“The Recipe Exchange”. In Gallery as Community: Art, Education, Politics, edsMarijke Steedman. London: Valiz and Whitechapel Gallery. (2012)
Pritchard Helen.“The Ingredients of Social Exchange”. In United We Act, eds Joëlle Bitton;Andreia Cavaco; Lalya Gaye and Ben Jones. Newcastle: Culture Lab. (2008)
Workshop and Conference Proceedings
Gabrys, Jennifer and Helen Pritchard. “Just Good Enough Data and Environmental Sensing: Moving Beyond Regulatory Benchmarks toward Citizen Action.” In “EnvironmentalInfrastructures and Platforms 2015 – Infrastructures and Platforms forEnvironmental Crowd Sensing and Big Data Proceedings of the Workshop,”conference proceedings, eds. Arne J. Berre, Sven Schade, and Jaume Piera (draft version published October 2015, final version forthcoming 2017)
Gabrys, Jennifer and Helen Pritchard. “Next-Generation Environmental Sensing: Moving Beyond Regulatory Benchmarks for Citizen-Gathered Data.” Draft conference proceedings for “Environmental Infrastructures and Platforms 2015 – Infrastructures and Platforms for Environmental Crowd Sensing and Big Data Proceedings of theWorkshop,” as part of the European Citizen Science Association General Assembly 2015 (ECSA GA’ 2015), Barcelona, Spain, October 28-30 October, 2015, eds.Arne J. Berre, Sven Schade, and Jaume Piera (draft version published October2015), 57-65
Prophet, Jane and Pritchard, Helen. 'SE Asian Ubicomp and ALife: Roaming and Homing with TechnoSphere 2.0 Computational Companions'. In: Association for Computing Machinery’s (ACM) CHI conference. Seoul, Korea, Republic of. (2015)
Pritchard Helen. "Making Casper: Bio-computational touch - troubling at trans practices". Conference proceedings for “Trans-what? across and beyond (artistic) research”, Transart Institute symposium, held at Supermarkt, Berlin, 28 July 2013, ed. Geoff Cox. (2013)
Devereaux, Emile and Pritchard Helen. "Transgenic Swimming Pools: Testing Bodies in Art and Science Experimentation". Conference proceedings for re-new 2013, Copenhagen, eds. Gunalan Nadarajan, Edward Shanken and Lars Graugaard. (2013)
Pritchard, Helen. "The Recipe Exchange". Workshop proceedings for DIY Bio workshop, Open Source Science, DIS 2012 , eds. Stacey Kuznetsov and Alex Taylor. (2012)
Conferences, Events and Talks
Citizen Sensing Participatory Lab. Citizen Sense (Jennifer Gabrys, Helen Pritchard and Lara Houston) for “Who Are We?” week of participatory installations,conversations and learning labs. Curated by Tate Exchange Associates:Counterpoints Arts, The Open University, University of Warwick and LoughboroughUniversity as part of Tate Exchange, London, UK (14-19 March 2017)
Platforming Finsbury Park: parks & art in the network age. Invited participant, Furtherfield Commons. (27 February 2017)
Executing Practices: Critter Compiler. Invited speaker,workshop and book launch with Eric Snodgass and Magda Tyzlik-Carver.Transmediale, Berlin, Germany. (6th February 2017)
Working with Sensor Data: Viewing, Analysing, Scraping. Evening workshop with Citizen Sense (Jennifer Gabrys, Helen Pritchard, Lara Houston), Deptford, London, UK (24 January 2017, Goldsmiths)
Data Stories and Citizen Sensing. Invited presentation on Citizen Sense for the Digital Media Guest Lectures, University of the West of England, UK (23 November 2016)
Data Stories and Citizen Sensing. Invited lightning keynote for the panel “Projects and Reflections on CommonGround of Citizen and DIY Science,” at Doing It Together Science, EuropeanStakeholder Round Table on Citizen and DIY Science and Responsible Research& Innovation, Museum for Natural History, Berlin (8th November 2016)
Environmental Exposure and Citizen Sensing: New Modes of Monitoring, New Modes of Politics. Presentation of paper co-authored with Jennifer Gabrys for the symposium, “Exposure Science Meets Social Science: Tools for the Effective Communication of the Health Risks Associated with Air Pollution Exposure and Implications forPolicy Development,” International Society for Exposure Science, Utrecht, Netherlands (9-13 October 2016)
Instruments and Instrumentality, conference presentation by Jennifer Gabrys and Helen Pritchard for the track, “New Collective Practices of Measurement, Monitoring and Evidence,” track co-organized by Jennifer Gabrys, Evelyn Ruppert and Dan Neyland, 4S/EASST,Barcelona, Spain (31 August-3 September 2016)
A Prototype of Critter Compiler an algae based artificial life novel writer. Invited talk and exhibition for "Ecologies of Intimacy: Sensing Data", organised by Magda Tyzlik Carver for Digital Humanities Lab,Sussex University, UK (21 July 2016)
Science Makers:Sensor Networks. Invited talk andworkshop on PM2.5 air quality sensors, for Science Makers, organised by Jenny Molloy for the Synthetic Biology SRI,University of Cambridge, UK (2 July 2016)
Reworking Sensing Practices through Environmental Monitoring Technologies. Invited workshop discussion facilitated with Jennifer Gabrys for CSISP Salon, Goldsmiths,University of London, UK (25 May 2016)
Microbial Revolts. Conference paper for the "(Re)volting data" panel organised by Jane Prophet for International Society for Electronic Art (ISEA 2016) conference. (19 May 2016)
Constellations of Collective Politics: Community Monitoring of Fracking Infrastructure. Conference presentation for two-part panel, “Sensing Practices: Reworking Experience across Entities, Environments, and Technologies (part 2),” co-organized with Jennifer Gabrys, American Association of Geographers (AAG), San Francisco, USA(30 March 2016)
Chair's Introduction: Bioaccumulation:Revaluing Life in the Anthropocene. Conferencepresentation for two-part panel, “Bioaccumulation: Revaluing Life in the Anthropocene (part 1),” co-organized with Elizabeth Johnson, American Association of Geographers (AAG), San Francisco, USA (30 March 2016)
Re-Thingifying the Smart City. Workshop co-organized with Jennifer Gabrys for Transmediale, Berlin, Germany (5 February 2016)
European Citizen Science via the Web. Open Science CitizenScience Open Research Accelerator co-organized with Sven Schade, Jennifer Gabrys, and Francesco Cara, MozFest 2015, Ravensbourne, London, UK (8 November 2016)
Next-Generation Environmental Sensing: Moving Beyond Regulatory Benchmarks for Citizen-Gathered Data. Conference presentation of paper co-authored with Jennifer Gabrys for “Environmental Infrastructures and Platforms 2015 –Infrastructures and Platforms for Environmental Crowd Sensing and Big Data Proceedings of the Workshop,” as part of the European Citizen Science Association General Assembly 2015 (ECSA GA’ 2015), Barcelona, Spain (28-30 October 2015)
Master Class. Invited speaker for Design & Technology MFA, Parsons Paris. (30 March 2015)
Participatory cartography and distributed data scraping. Invited workshop with Emile Devereaux for the "Chase Liveness Workshop", organised by Sally Jane Norman and Emile Devereaux at Sussex University, UK. (18 March 2015)
Citizen Sensing,Monitoring Air Pollution, and Building the Frackbox. Presentation of paper co-authored with Jennifer Gabrys,Nerea Calvillo and Tom Keene, Citizen Science 2015 Conference, San Jose, USA(11-13 February 2015)
Participatory Research for Monitoring Air Pollution: Citizen Sensing for Fracking-Related Environmental Concerns. Invited presentation of paper co-authored with Jennifer Gabrys, “Border Topologies” conference, organized by Nishat Awan, University of Sheffield, UK (26 November 2014)
From Network to Egg: The Extended Arrangements of Air Pollution Data. Conference presentation by Nerea Calvillo of paper co-authored with Jennifer Gabrys, Nerea Calvillo, Tom Keene, Helen Pritchard and Nick Shapiro, 4S, Buenos Aires, Argentina (20-23 August 2014)
From Cloud to Cupboard: Speculative Computing and Cloud-Making in the Citizen Sense Project. Conference presentation with Tom Keene of paper co-authored with Jennifer Gabrys,“Emerging ICT and Citizens’ Values: Anticipating and Responding to Challenges,”5th STS Italia Conference, “A Matter of Design: Making Society through Science and Technology,” Milan, Italy (12-14 June 2014)
The Affectsphere of Environmental Sensing. Invited presentation of Citizen Sense and Animal Hacker research, “Cross-Currents: Rural Cultural Practice and the Digital Economy in India and the UK,” IIIT Bangalore, funded by Dot.rural and RCUK (12-14 May 2014)
Shimmering affinities and queer loves of the GFP Medaca. Invited presentation for "Urban Transformation, technology and participation symposium" organised by Søren Pold and Anne Marit Waade, DAC, Aarhus University, DK. (27 March 2014)
Practicing, Materializing and Contesting Environmental Data. Presentation by Jennifer Gabrys with Nerea Calvillo, Tom Keene, Helen Pritchard, Nick Shapiro,as part of the “Data Practices” Design and Social Science seminar series,CSISP, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK (4 December 2013)
More-than-humans: Animals in Digital STS. Contribution to workshop on “Crafting the Digital STS Handbook”, organised by Janet Vertesi, orana Alacand David Ribes at 4S, San Diego funded by TheNational Science Foundation, Division of Advanced Cyber infrastructure. (8-9 October 2013)
Animal Hackers: Introducing a new materialist approach to considerations of thecomputational nonhuman animal. Conference paper as part of the "Specific Material Engagements Panel" organised by Jane Prophet and Helen Pritchard, for "Postnatural", Society Literature Science and the Arts (SLSA 2013) Conference, University of Notre Dame. (4 October 2013)
Thinking with the Animal-Hacker: Articulation in Ecologies of Earth Observation. Conferencecpresentation for “Participation in Science: More-than-Human Participation,”co-hosted at the Dana Centre and the Royal Geographic Society with the Institute of British Geographers (RGS-IBG) annual conference, London, UK (27-30 August 2013)
Air Walk: Environmental Monitoring in NXG Urban walking event organized by Jennifer Gabrys, Helen Pritchard and Nerea Calvillo for the International Visual Sociology Association conference, Goldsmiths, University of London (8-10 July 2013).
Diffractive Art Practices: Ecologies of Intra-actions and Difference. Conference paper with Jane Prophet as part of the "Media art, mediation and contemporary art panel" organised by Brogan Bunt for International Society for Electronic Art (ISEA 2013) conference. (12 June 2013)
Diffractive Aesthetics, Diffractive practices: considering the messyentanglements between contemporary visual art, sci art and new media art. Conference paper with Jane Prophet as part of the "Media art, mediation and contemporary art panel" organised by Brogan Bunt for International Society for Electronic Art (ISEA 2013) conference. (12 June 2013)
Artists Talk. Invited talk, as part of the "Artist Talks Series", Plymouth University. (2 December 2012).
Collective Praxis Seminar Series - Invited respondent, Spacex Gallery. (22 October 2012)
‘Precarious Research’. Invited panel member for the Finale symposium for British Art Show 7. (2 December 2012)
How-to drill a hole in the sky a contingent manual for collaboration. Invited artists talk and workshop, Design + Environment MA, Goldsmiths. (20 & 22 November 2012)
Data Happenings: A maker workshop for exploring data driven text, code and sound from the network. Invited workshop with Winnie Soon at Microwave International Media Art Festival, Hong Kong, organised by British Council. (11 November 2012)
'Thousand Questions'. Invited artist talk with Winnie Soon at the "Exhibition Conference" for Microwave International Media Art Festival, Hong Kong. (10 November 2012)
Scores and Instructions: Sonic Sketchbook for Plymouth. Invited guest lecture and workshop for choreography students in interaction and digital Performance, School of Performance, Plymouth University. (2 November 2012)
Whose Data? Invited speaker for "Whose Data?" at Knowle West Media Centre. (19 July 2012)
‘These Will Attend You May’, 2 day Peer led walking research workshop, Organised by Helen Pritchard, Magda Tyzlik-Carver and Gillian Wylde. University College Falmouth. (21-22 June 2012)
'Jsut Code'. Invited speaker for Future Everybody, Future Everything Conference, Manchester. (18 May 2012)
Scores and Instructions: Sonic Sketchbook for Plymouth. Invited guest lecture and workshop for choreography students in interaction and digital Performance, School of Performance, Plymouth University. (18 November 2011)
Participatory Platforms, The Ingredients of Social Exchange. Conference Paper, for the "Connected Communities Conference", CultureLab, NewCastle. (14 September 2011)
Open Orchard. Internet of Things hackathon organised with Jonnet Middleton and Gerd Kortuem, Lancaster University Orchard as part of the "First International Pachube Hackathon". (8-9 April 2011)
Exploring Digital Aesthetics. Arduino workshop co-hosted with Graham Dean for "The Recipe Exchange", Exhibition and Events, Spacex Gallery, UK. (21 May 2011)
Open Data Cities. Workshop co-hosted with Julian Tait for "The Recipe Exchange", Exhibition and Events, Spacex Gallery, UK. (18 June 2011)
Common Practice. Review Group co-hosted with Magda Tyzlik-Carver on her work "Common Practice" for "The Recipe Exchange", Exhibition and Events, Spacex Gallery, UK. (2 June 2011)
Sonic Sketchbook: Notating Sham Shui Poi. Invited guest lecture, walk and workshop for design students at Savannah College of Art & Design, Hong Kong Campus. ( 21 January 2011)
Start Here: Walking School of Art, in collaboration with Young Plymouth Art Centre for "Ambulation: new commissions by artists and architects who use walking as an artistic practice", curated by Mark A James as part of the Plymouth Visual Arts Consortium, Plymouth Arts Centre. (24 July 2010)
Drawing for Radio Broadcast. Drawdio workshop for "Transmission" at Plymouth Arts Centre. (25 August 2009)
Environmental Data Shamans. Invited workshop with Maddy Pethick for the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World in Haldon Forest Park. (16 August 2009)
Projects, Artworks and Exhibitions (selected).
Citizen Sense (Jennifer Gabrys, Helen Pritchard and Lara Houston). "Urban Sensing". As part of the exhibition and events for "The New Observatory", organised by Sam Skinner and Hannah Redler (ODI), Fact, Liverpool Museum of London. (2017)
Citizen Sense (Jennifer Gabrys, Helen Pritchard and Lara Houston). "Urban Sensing". As part of the interactive exhibition and events for the "#TheCityisOurs", Museum of London. (2017-2018)
Citizen Sense (Jennifer Gabrys, Helen Pritchard and Lara Houston). "Citizen Sensing participatory laboratory". Exhibition and events as part of “Who Are We?" at the Tate Exchange, Tate Modern, organised by Counter Point Arts. (2017)
Pritchard Helen. "Critter Compiler". Digital fabulation and prototype as part of "*.exe (version 2), Executions, conversations on code, politics and practice". Exhibition at Medea, organised by Linda Hilfling and Eric Snodgrass, School of Arts and Communication, Malmo University. (2016)
Helen Pritchard and Winnie Soon. 'Jsut Code Archive'. Exhibition of archive materials selected by Phoebe Wong as part of 'No References: A Revist of Hong Kong Video and Media Art from 1985' at Videotage Cattle Depot Artist Village, Hong Kong. (2016)
Winnie Soon and Helen Pritchard. "Thousand Questions". Selected work, online version and documentation for Electronic Literature Collection -Volume 3. Eds Stephanie Boluk, Leonardo Flores, Jacob Garbe and Anastasia Salter. (2016)
Pritchard Helen and Winnie Soon. "The Likes of Brother Cream Cat,". Commissioned project by project.arnolfini, online experimental production and research platform linked to the curatorial programme of Arnolfini arts gallery, Bristol, UK. (2013)
Soon Winnie and Helen Pritchard. "If I Wrote you a Love Letter Would You Write Back? and thousands of other questions", Digital Installation and workshop 'Data Happenings' curated by Joel Kwong as part of ENIGMA exhibition based on Alan Turing, Microwave International MediaFestival 2012. Funded by British Council. http://microwavefest.net/. (2012)
Pritchard Helen and Winnie Soon. "Jsut Code", Digital Installation, Future Everybody Exhibition, FutureEverything, Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester. Curated by Drew Hemment and Charlie Gere. http://futureeverything.org/ art/. Funded by ArtsCouncil England. (2012)
Pritchard Helen and Soon Winnie. "Jsut Code" Digital Installation, 17th IFVA Interactive MediaFinalist Exhibition. Curated by Lars Nivitte, Sarah Kenedrine, Yuk Yip and Kattie Fan. (2012)
Pritchard Helen. "The Recipe Exchange", Exhibition curated by Nicola Hood and Martha Crean, Spacex Gallery, UK. Funded by Arts Council England. (2011)
Pritchard Helen. "The Recipe Exchange", Spacex Off Site Programme, a year long commissioned project with residents in South Devon villages to co-host a series of skill sharing events and establish an online archive of practical know-how. Curated by Martha Crean. Funding £10,000 Esmee Fairbairn Foundation. (2010-2011)
Pritchard Helen. "Spirit Rally 3". Sound Performance with live environmental Data. Curated by Judit Bodor. Funded by ArtsCouncil England as part of the Compass Programme, East Street Arts, Leeds. (2010)
Pritchard Helen. "Spirit Rally". Commissioned sound performance and exhibition with live environmental data. Funded by Bremen University and locality, as part of the Sonic Peripheries programmed curated by Petra Klusmeyer. (2010)
Pritchard Helen and Winnie Soon. "Jsut Code". Digital networked installation, commissioned for "Computational Thinking In Various Art Forms." Writing Machine Collective. Funded by High Wire (EPSRC) (2010)
Start Here: Talks on Walks. Exhibition and walks in collaboration with Young Plymouth Art Centre for "Ambulation: new commissions by artists and architects who use walking as an artistic practice", curated by Mark A James as part of the Plymouth Visual Arts Consortium, Plymouth Arts Centre. Funded by Arts Council England. (10-24 July 2010)
Pritchard Helen and Winnie Soon. "Invisible Constructions". Interactive sound mapping installation for "Retro Robot" at Kube, UK. Funded by Arts Council England. (2009)
Pritchard Helen. "Actions for Radio Broadcast". Commissioned by Plymouth Arts Centre for "Transmission" exhibition. Video and sound installation, including a collaboration with Sound House Brass (a first section brass band based in Plymouth). Radio works aired on Freesound Radio. (2009)
Pritchard Helen and Maddy Pethick. "Project Club" Events and Exhibition as part of "Our Space, Our Place", Spacex Gallery, UK. Funded by Arts Council England. (2009)
'Jsut Code' documentation selected for Asia Art Archive. (2016)
KISS archive Castlefield Gallery Manchester. (2006)
GilbertandGrape documentation selected for HKS "Evig og alltid kunstnerstyrt" booklet, Hordaland Kunstsenter archive. (2004)
GilbertandGrape docuementation selected for the UKS BOOKLET archive in Oslo. (2004)