Adriene Jenik is an artist and educator who resides in desert.
Her computer and media art spans several decadesincluding pioneering work in interactive cinema and live telematic performance .Jenik's artistic projects straddle and trouble the borders between art and popular culture. She was an early member of thePaper Tiger Television collective (1985-91) and a founding member of the DeepDish TV Alternative Satellite network. Her video productions include the video short, "What's the Difference Between a Yam & a Sweet Potato?"(with J. Evan Dunlap), and the award-winning live satellite TV broadcast, "EL NAFTAZTECA: Cyber-Aztec TV for 2000 A.D." (with Guillermo Gómez-Peña and Roberto Sifuentes). "MAUVE DESERT: A CD-ROMTranslation" is Jenik's internationally acclaimed interactive road movie based on the novel Le Désert mauve byFrench Canadian author Nicole Brossard. Her creative research project, DESKTOP THEATER was a series of live theatrical interventions and activities in public visual chatrooms developed with multi-media maven Lisa Brenneis. Her speculative social cinema work “SPECFLIC” was commissioned by ZeroOne San Jose and exhibited at the San Diego Museum of Art and Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.
Jenik’s current creative research projects include “data humanization” performances, immersive learning experiments and street performances reading “climate futures” with her ECOtarot deck.
At Arizona State University, she serves as Professor of Intermedia in the School of Art, affiliate faculty in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and a sustainability scientist at the Global Institute of Sustainability.
Keywords: telematics performance, interactive media, freedom of expression, art.tech, speculative performance, data humanization, desert, ECOtarot, water scarcity