Jamie Allen – Researcher / PI
Jamie Allen’s interests lie in the ways that technologies teach us about who we are as individuals, cultures and societies. Born in Canada, Jamie has been involved with the application and making of media and technologies as a designer, researcher, artist and teacher for over twenty years. He likes to make things with his head and hands — investigations into the material systems of media, electricity, and information as artwork, design projects and research. His work has been exhibited internationally, from the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin to the American Museum of Natural History in New York, to the Nam June Paik Art Center in Korea.
Jamie is Senior Researcher at the Critical Media Lab Basel, drawing on his prior experience as Canada Research Chair in Infrastructure, Media and Communications at the Nova Scotia of Art and Design, Head of Research with the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design, and a part of the directorial team of Culture Lab Newcastle University. His PhD (summa cum laude) was supervised by Siegfried Zielinski and Avital Ronell. He has done research and taught at NYU’s ITP, the Pratt Institute of Art and Design, Hanyang University in Seoul, and lectured at Parsons School of Design at The New School and the Royal College of Art London. He has worked as interactive systems designer for IBM, a polymer chemist for DuPont, and an exhibit designer for ESI Design. Jamie engages with and creates prefigurative institutions that are generous and collaborative, acknowledging that friendship, passion and love are central to aesthetic, research and knowledge practices.