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Dr Jen Southern

Senior Lecturer, Director for Arts

Jen Southern

The LICA Building

LA1 4YW

Lancaster

Tel: +44 1524 594998

Research overview

My research is a combination of arts practice and mobilities research. I have a particular interest in the collaborative use of GPS, both in creative practice, the design of the apps 'Comob Net' and 'Landlines'. I am an Associate Director at the Centre for Mobilities Research.

Profile

Jen Southern is an artist, lecturer in Fine Art and New Media, and an Associate Director at the Centre for Mobilities Research at Lancaster University. Her work is a hybrid of art practice and mobilities research and has been exhibited internationally for over 25 years. With an ethos of shared authorship she collaborates with artists, technologists and members of the public to produce live installations that combine material and digital experience. Her current practice develops a mobilities framing of Baradian agential realism involving the co-production of relational landscapes. Unstable Landscapes (Slovenia, 2017) shared the mobile activity of filming with local people, animals, wind currents and footpaths.

 

For over 25 years Southern has been working with mobilities within art practice, from walking on boardwalks (1991), and in parks (Joyriding in the Land that Time Forgot (1997-2000, UK, Switzerland, Canada, New Zealand), installations in shipping containers Podunk (UK, 1998), explorations in video game clothing (Roam, 2001 - 2003) and learning to fly a light aircraft (Hold 2002-4) and Flight Plan (2003).  In 2001, Southern,  Jen Hamilton and Chris St Amand, established Satellite Bureau to investigate mobile encounters with sense of place through participatory GPS walking. This culminated in the exhibition Running Stitch (2006-2009, England, Scotland, Japan, Sweden, USA). In 2016 her work with art and mobilities was the subject of a solo exhibition ‘Skylines: A survey of work 2001-2016’. Recent work has been commissioned by In Certain Places (2016), Abandon Normal Devices (2015), National Football Museum (2015) and Mobile Media Studio (Montreal, 2013).

 

Southern joined the Centre for Mobilities Research in 2008, where she did the first art practice based Phd in mobilities studies. As a passionate advocate for the contribution of art practice to mobilities research Southern curated exhibitions at conferences Global Mobility Futures (2013) and Mobile Utopia: Pasts, Presents, Futures (2018). As director of Mobilities Lab she creates opportunities for artists and academics through fellowships, PhD and post-doc supervision, and a series of workshops and events. Southern has presented art works and papers at PanAmerican mobilities network and Cosmobilities network conferences, resulting in publications in the special issue of Leonardo Electronic Almanac L.A. Re.Play: Mobile Network Culture in Placemaking (2015), Wi Journal of Mobile Media special issue on Mobile Making (2017) and a chapter in Envisioning Networked Urban Mobilities (2017). More widely Southern has published on practice-based research (Canadian Journal of Communications, 2012), co-design (Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 2014) and sharing mobilities through locative media (Moving Sites: Investigating Site Specific Dance Performance, 2015).

Current Teaching

I am the Director of Studies for Part 1 of the BA(Hons) Fine Art degree, and I convene LICA130 Art Practice module for first year students.

I am the convenor of LICA237 Art, Site and Interaction, a module for 2nd and 3rd year students that is taught at different sites and locations in Lancaster, and includes expert contributions from arts organisations, artists and scientists.

I am Course Leader for the new MA Fine Art, starting in October 2021

  • Published

    Unstable Landscapes: Three movements in the coproduction of landscape

    Southern, J., 18/06/2020.

    Research output: Contribution to conference - Without ISBN/ISSN Conference paperpeer-review

  • Published

    Setting Our Sights on Infectious Diseases

    De Rycker, M., Horn, D., Aldridge, B., Amewu, R. K., Barry, C. E., Buckner, F. S., Cook, S., Ferguson, M. A. J., Gobeau, N., Herrmann, J., Herrling, P., Hope, W., Keiser, J., Lafuente-Monasterio, M. J., Leeson, P. D., Leroy, D., Manjunatha, U. H., McCarthy, J., Miles, T. J., Mizrahi, V. & 17 others, Moshynets, O., Niles, J., Overington, J. P., Pottage, J., Rao, S. P. S., Read, K. D., Ribeiro, I., Silver, L. L., Southern, J., Spangenberg, T., Sundar, S., Taylor, C., Van Voorhis, W., White, N. J., Wyllie, S., Wyatt, P. G. & Gilbert, I. H., 10/01/2020, In: ACS Infectious Diseases. 6, 1, p. 3-13 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articlepeer-review

  • Forthcoming

    Composing Fragmented Relations with Materials, Locations and Archives

    Southern, J. & Thulin, S., 2020, (Accepted/In press) Oxford Handbook of Sound Art. Oxford: Oxford University Press

    Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/Proceedings - With ISBN/ISSNChapter (peer-reviewed)peer-review

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