Pamela Jennings

Pamela Jennings
School of Art and Human Computer Interaction Institute, Carnegie Mellon
Presentation: Resources and Models for Creative Digital Media Research

Pamela Jennings is an Assistant Professor at Carnegie Mellon University with a joint appointment in the School of Art and the Human Computer Interaction Institute. Jennings worked as a research interaction designer and web producer at IBM Almaden Research Center for the Advanced Technology and Software Solutions Group and the User System Ergonomics Research Lab. She also worked as a research instructional designer for the Center for Technology in Learning at SRI international. She received her Ph.D. from the School of Computer Science, University of Plymouth, United Kingdom. in the Center for Advanced Inquiry in Integrative Arts program; M.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts; M.A. from the International Center of Photography and New York University; and B.A. from Oberlin College.

Jennings’ digital media art works make visible personal narratives by revealing hidden realities while simultaneously encouraging public discourse. In particular, her research in critical creative technologies is informed by a convergence of critical theories of technology, human centered computing, and contemporary practices in interaction design and digital media art. Resulting in the development of new information technologies and collaborative applications for facilitating face-to-face discourse in public spaces with others in situations where communication may be stifled by societal norms.

Jennings’ art work has been cited in Lisa Farrington’s Creating Their Own Image: The History of African-American Women Artists, Oxford University Press and Phyllis Klotman and Janet Cutler’s Struggles for Representation: African American Film/Video/New Media Makers, Indiana University Press. Her papers have been published and presented in the 2005 ACM Creativity and Cognition, 2005 Human Computer Interaction Consortium, several Inter-Society for Electronic Arts symposiums since 1997, several ACM Computer Human Interaction workshops, 2003 Interact Conference, and the 1999 European Union I3Net Symposium. Her journal articles have been published in the Leonardo Journal for Art and Science, Convergence: the Journal of Research into New Media Technologies, and the CAA Art Journal.

Jennings’ internationally recognized digital media arts research advocacy work includes the New Media Arts | New Funding Models white paper commissioned by the Rockefeller Foundation, and co-writer of the Helsinki Agenda documentation of the 2004 Experts Meeting on International New Media Arts Policy sponsored by the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies (IFACCA). She is chair for Speculative Data and the Creative Imaginary: shared innovative visions between art and technology and exhibition to be held at the National Academy of Sciences Gallery in Washington D.C. as part of the 2007 ACM Creativity and Cognition conference. She co-chaired the 2006 ACM CHI conference workshop titled About Face: Interface – Creative Engagement in New Media Arts and Human Computer Interaction and the first Interactive Art track for the 2004 ACM Multimedia Conference.