Jamie Allen

Born in Windsor, Ontario.
Lives and works in Basel and Copenhagen.

Jamie Allen is a Canada-born artist, researcher, designer and teacher, interested in what technologies teach us about who we are as individuals, cultures and societies. He has been an electronics engineer, a polymer chemist and a exhibit maker with the American Museum of Natural History. He lectures, publishes and exhibits projects worldwide. He lives in Europe, works on art and technology projects, and is engaged in institutional reformation and in asserting the importance of generosity, collaboration, friendship, passion and love in practices of making, research and knowledge.
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#rocks (2014)

#rocks is a multi-channel sound installation. It presents a recorded reading of Vilém Flusser’s 1979 essay “Meadows”, through fifteen rock-speakers placed in the exhibition space. The sound travels through each speaker in a never-ending loop, accompanied by overlaid and oversaturated nature recordings. The project is a collaboration with Rodrigo Maltez Novaes.
#rocks at the Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin was part of Olafur Eliasson’s Festival of Futures Nows, taking place within the David Chipperfield exhibit ‘Sticks and Stones.’

Critical Infrastructure (2014)

Critical Infrastructure is a media-landscape survey, commissioned and developed in coordination with the 2014 Transmediale Afterglow Festival with the support of the Canada Council Funding, in collaboration with David Gauthier. The project residency hosted by ZK/U, included workshops, public talks, publication contributions and writings.
The installation at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin used geotechnical instruments and landscape measurement technologies to present live metadata for the festival and its surrounds. Static facts (eg.: festival budget numbers) are revealed through datum markers throughout, and building sensor (eg.: temperature, vibration) and live online-metrics (Facebook likes, Youtube video views) are correlated via a set of viewfinders. The result was ‘big data’ for transmediale itself, somewhat ridiculous and over-determined, rendered present during the event.

Archive Factory (2014)

ARCHIVE FACTORY / FACTORY INTERNET / INTERNET ARCHIVE is an online journey through the Internet Archive’s industrial relics, pointing to the labours and loves of our archival culture. The Internet, always churning, emerging and subsuming value, is at once and archive and a factory. We work for the net-work: click, click, scroll. Click.
Archive Factory is a residency project for the Internet Archive.org Tumblr Residencies, a series of internet-based projects hosted on Tumblr using Archive.org content throughout 2014.

Available from: http://archivefactory.tumblr.com/