Public Lecture by Jeff Knowlton, Artist (US)

2008/08/11 - 17:00

As soon as artists began to use the computer in the 1980's, they sought to dematerialize the physical and work within pure data, trading the real world or “meat space” for the "consensual hallucination" of Gibsonian cyberspace, the virtual world. Total immersion.

Jeff Knowlton's work and research has been in the opposite direction, bringing the virtual into the real world, the concept architect Marcos Novak refers to as Eversion, the turning out of the virtual into the real world.

Jeff Knowlton will discuss locative media as a form of Eversion and propose the technology as a means by which a virtual body can occupy physical space.

Monday, Aug 11 5pm at Kitchen Budapest


Jeff Knowlton is a an artist specializing in computer based work, primarily locative media and a recovering photographer. In 2002, Knowlton and collaborators Jeremy Hight and Naomi Spellman, exhibited 34 North 118 West, the first location aware narrative.

34 North 118 West is an experimental art work operating on a TabletPC utilizing digital media, computation and GPS to deliver an interactive narrative experience across a one half square mile area in downtown Los Angeles near Sci-Arc, the Southern California Institute of Architecture.
In spring 2004 Jeff Knowlton and Naomi Spellman presented another locative media work, InterUrban at FutureSonic <04> in Manchester UK. During that summer Knowlton and Spellman began work on The Interpretive Engine for Various Places on Earth as Artist in Residence at the Media Center in Huddersfield, U.K. The Interpretive Engine premiered at the Fresno Metropolitan Museum of Art and Science in 2006.

Jeff Knowlton has worked on large scale projects for clients such as Mattel, Union Bank of California and The Centre for Global Dialogue in Reuschlikon Switzerland. As head preparitor at the Orlando Museum of Art, he spent 5 years working closely with curators in both exhibitions and education.

Mr. Knowlton particpates in panels, and lectures on interactive media and technology in the US and abroad. He is a recipient of a New Forms Initiative Grant funded by the NEA and the Rockefeller Foundation. Mr. Knowlton teaches at UC San Diego in the Interdisciplinary Computing Arts Program.