Professor Janis Jefferies
Goldsmiths College, University of London
Janis Jefferies is an artist, writer and curator, Professor of Visual Arts in the Department of Computing, Goldsmiths University of London, Director of the Constance Howard Resource and Research Centre in Textiles and Artistic Director of Goldsmiths Digital Studios.
She set up and now convenes the Thursday Club which was set through Goldsmiths Digital Studios (GDS) as an informal setting for research discussions and presentations of cross-disciplinary work-in-progress.
In the last five years she has been working on technological based arts, including Woven Sound (with Dr. Tim Blackwell) and has been a principal investigator on projects involving new haptics technologies and generative software systems for creating and interpreting arts objects. She is an associate researcher with Hexagram (Institute of Media, Arts and Technologies, Montreal, Canada) on two projects, electronic textiles and new forms of media communication in cloth.
The Wearable Absence project (a system of wearable devices known as
'intelligent textiles', developed by two teams of researchers led by
Professor Barbara Layne of Concordia University, and Professor Janis
Jefferies at Goldsmiths, University of London, U.K., has received national
and international coverage with over 1 million hits on Google. The
project was showcased at the FOFA Gallery as part of Congress 2010 in
Montreal. Media coverage of this project has appeared in print, on TV and
on the web worldwide in countries ranging from the Canada, USA, UK, to India,
Germany, France, Russia,Columbia, Spain and Egypt, and media outlets such
as the BBC, NBC, FOX News, Medical News Today and Science News.
Wearable Absence project was also picked up by the following websites:
and many more.
Wearable Absence was launched at the Social Sciences and Humanities conference June 2010 in Montreal and recently featured in Edinburgh International Science Festival, Inscape Gallery, University of Edinburgh, 9-22 April 2011. 18th April, panel with Kevin Warwck at ‘It Happened in Edinburgh’ on Pervasive Computing.
Wearable Absence will feature in Sensual Technologies exhibition at ISEA
2011, Istanbul (14-21 September) and REWIND INTO THE FUTURE: Smart
Textiles part of the Kaunas Biennal, Lithuania (22 Sept- 4 Dec 2011)
September 25th Kaunas, Academcy of Fine Arts
future of textiles in relation to technologies and scientific field with Cleve van Heeden from Philips Design (The Netherlands)
Janis Jefferies’ Wires and Wearables, based on the experiences of intelligent textiles, is coming out in the book below as part of the FP7 output.
This Pervasive Day
The Potential and Perils of Pervasive Computing
Edited by Jeremy Pitt
This book, based upon the 1970's Ira Levin science fiction novel This
Perfect Day, investigates the science and technology of pervasive
adaptation from a human-centred perspective, and considers social, ethical
and legal issues. It offers a view of innovative technologies from a
socio-technical standpoint, with opinion on where research is heading and
highlights controversial issues - with which some contributors may not be
in full agreement.
Miniaturisation and Moore’s Law have combined to make pervasive computing
a reality, while advances in intelligent software make adaptation of those
pervasive computing environments possible. This opens up a wide range of
interesting and beneficial applications in health, commerce and
entertainment; it also offers the possibility of every behaviour,
preference and even emotion being sensed and recorded digitally, and then,
possibly, being used in a way that is less desirable: for surveillance,
invasions of privacy, reduction or removal of rights.
Imperial College Press
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