Adriene Jenik

Herberger Institute for Design & the Arts
School of Art
PO BOX 871505
Tempe

Biography

Adriene Jenik is an artist and educator who resides in the desert. Her computer and media art spans several decades including pioneering work in interactive cinema and live telematic performance. 

Jenik's artistic projects straddle and trouble the borders between art, science, engineering and popular culture and have been written about in The New York Times, published in The Drama Review, and recognized by the Rockefeller Foundation. She was an early member of the Paper Tiger Television collective (1985-91) and a founding member of the Deep Dish 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 G�mez-Pe�a and Roberto Sifuentes). "MAUVE DESERT: A CD-ROM Translation" is Jenik's internationally acclaimed interactive road movie based on the novel Le D�sert mauve by French Canadian author Nicole Brossard. Her creative research project, DESKTOP THEATER was a series of live theatrical interventions and activities in public visual chat rooms developed with multi-media maven Lisa Brenneis.

In 2014, she shifted her creative practice to focus on issues related to the US desert: environmental resilience, military testing and training, and indigenous values. Her ongoing series of DATA HUMANIZATION performances recast endurance work for our time. DRYLAB2023 (with co-director Marco Janssen and 8 participants) imagined a near future of water scarcity that was enacted over 30 days in an experiment in extreme experiential learning. Most weekends she can be found in a public space offering her performance of CLIMATE FUTURE READINGS with her ECOtarot deck. She is also a singer/songwriter and published poet.

Jenik received her BA in English from Douglass College, Rutgers University and her MFA in Electronic Arts from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. A founding professor of the Interdisciplinary Computer Arts Major at the University of California, San Diego and the Digital Culture program at Arizona State University, Jenik has taught electronic and digital media to generations of students. She currently serves as Professor of Intermedia in the School of Art at ASU, affiliate faculty in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and a senior sustainability scientist at the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability.

Keywords:  telematics performance, interactive media, media policy, freedom of expression, art.tech, desert, water scarcity, ECOtarot

Education

  • M.F.A. Integrated Electronic Arts, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 1996
  • B.A. English, Douglass College, Rutgers University 1986

 

Publications

Jenik, Adriene, "Speculative Performance Meets Immersive Learning: Lessons of Drylab2023" (MS #1043) in PARtake: The Journal of Performance as Research

Janssen, M. A., A. Jenik, S. Z. Tekola, K. L. Davis, S. Flores, W. Gibbs, M. Koehn, V. Lyons, C. Mallory, S. Rood, S. Guelpa, and L.-A. Pfister. 2018. Drylab 2023: living a possible future with resource scarcity. Ecology and Society 23(4):8. https://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol23/iss4/art8/

Jenik, Adriene, “Border/Body/Technology” in The Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisational Studies, Volume II, eds. Lewis, George and Piekut, Ben, Oxford University Press

Jenik, Adriene, “A book can change your life: reflections on the making of MAUVE DESERT: A CD-ROM Translation,” chapter in Nicole Brossard: L’inedit de sens, eds. Janine Ricouart and Roseanna Dufault, Les Editions du remue-menage, pps. 273-292

Jenik, Adriene and Sarah Lewison, “Moving In Place: The Question of Distributed Social Cinema,” Third Person: Authoring and Exploring Vast Narratives, Pat Harrigan and Noah Wardrip-Fruin eds., The MIT Press, pp.179-191

Jenik, Adriene, “Santaman’s Harvest Yields Questions, or Does a Performance Happen If It Exists in a Virtual Forest?” Second Person: Role-Playing and Story in Games and Playable  Media Pat Harrigan and Noah Wardrip-Fruin, eds., The MIT Press, pp. 289-296

Jenik, Adriene, “Desktop Theater: Keyboard Catharsis and the Masking of Roundheads,” featured cover article, The Drama Review, pp.95-112, 45:3, published by NYU and MIT, Fall 2001

 

 

Research Activity

Courses

Fall 2020
Course Number Course Title
ART 499 Individualized Instruction
ART 592 Research
ART 595 Continuing Registration
ART 680 Practicum
Spring 2020
Course Number Course Title
ART 302 Digital Photo and Video
ART 492 Honors Directed Study
ART 493 Honors Thesis
ART 499 Individualized Instruction
ART 501 Cross-Practice Critique
ART 592 Research
ART 680 Practicum
Fall 2019
Course Number Course Title
ART 592 Research
ART 680 Practicum
Spring 2019
Course Number Course Title
ART 492 Honors Directed Study
ART 493 Honors Thesis
ART 499 Individualized Instruction
ART 501 Cross-Practice Critique
ART 592 Research
ART 680 Practicum
Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
ART 592 Research
ART 680 Practicum
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
ARA 330 Issues in Intermedia
ART 493 Honors Thesis
ART 501 Cross-Practice Critique
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
ART 394 Special Topics
ART 484 Internship
ARA 484 Internship
ART 492 Honors Directed Study
ARS 492 Honors Directed Study
ARS 493 Honors Thesis
ART 493 Honors Thesis
ART 499 Individualized Instruction
ARS 499 Individualized Instruction
ARA 499 Individualized Instruction
ARA 584 Internship
ART 584 Internship
ARS 590 Reading and Conference
ARS 592 Research
ARA 592 Research
ARS 595 Continuing Registration
ARS 599 Thesis
ART 680 Practicum
ARS 690 Reading and Conference
ARS 692 Research
ARS 790 Reading and Conference
ARS 792 Research
ARS 795 Continuing Registration
ARS 799 Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course Number Course Title
ARA 484 Internship
Summer 2016
Course Number Course Title
ART 394 Special Topics
ARA 484 Internship
ARE 484 Internship
ART 484 Internship
ARS 484 Internship
ART 499 Individualized Instruction
ARS 499 Individualized Instruction
ARA 499 Individualized Instruction
ARE 499 Individualized Instruction
ARS 584 Internship
ARA 584 Internship
ART 584 Internship
ARS 590 Reading and Conference
ARE 590 Reading and Conference
ARS 592 Research
ARE 592 Research
ART 592 Research
ART 595 Continuing Registration
ARE 599 Thesis
ARS 599 Thesis
ART 680 Practicum
ARE 690 Reading and Conference
ARE 692 Research
ARS 692 Research
ARE 790 Reading and Conference
ARS 790 Reading and Conference
ARE 792 Research
ARS 792 Research
ARE 795 Continuing Registration
ARS 795 Continuing Registration
ARE 799 Dissertation
ARS 799 Dissertation