Jennifer Gradecki

Assistant Professor of Media Art and Game Design

Jennifer Gradecki is an artist and theorist who aims to facilitate a practice-based understanding of socio-technical systems that typically evade public scrutiny. Using methods from institutional critique, tactical media, and information activism, she investigates information as a source of power and resistance. Her work has focused on institutional review boards, social science techniques, financial instruments and, most recently, intelligence agencies and technologies of mass surveillance. Gradecki is a doctoral candidate at SUNY Buffalo in the Department of Visual Studies. Her dissertation, Operation Mosaic: Informational Mosaics in Art and Intelligence Practices, analyzes the theories and practices of intelligence analysts and artists who investigate the surveillance state, including the ontological and epistemological assumptions inherent in metaphors and conceptions of data and information. Gradecki earned an Master of Fine Arts in New Genres from UCLA’s Department of Art in 2010, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture, with a second major in Experimental Psychology, and a minor in Art History, from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2007. She has published in Leonardo and Big Data & Society and has participated in numerous international exhibitions and conferences, including Ars Electronica (Linz), New Media Gallery (Zadar), AC Institute (New York), The New Gallery (Calgary), Critical Media Lab (Kitchener), Critical Finance Studies (Amsterdam), ISEA (Vancouver), and Radical Networks (Brooklyn). Her work has been commissioned by Science Gallery Dublin and funded by the Puffin Foundation.

October 12, 2018
Interrogating Data
National Union Building
1:15 PM  -  2:30 PM