Jess Loseby
Since the beginning
Works in United States of America

Jess Loseby is a digital artist from the UK whose main medium is the internet. Her work ranges from small and intimate online installationsto large scale digital projections and video. In a relatively brief time, her work has become known internationally such as the ‘cyber-kitchen’ (lead artist and co-curator) and ‘the Digital Pocket’ (lead artist and co-curator), which is currently listed in the Whitney Artport. In August 2003, she became the first virtual artist in residence at (FurtherStudio) one of the first virtual artists residencies of its kind. She has exhibited in digital festivals such as the Split Film Festival, Pixxelpoint 2003, FILE 2003 and the Stuttgart Filmwinter. In 2003 she created interactive digital sets for the production of ‘The Dadaists’ at The Met Theater in Hollywood. Also in 2003 she was also awarded a grant from the Daniel Langlois Foundation, with the resulting work 'views from the ground floor...' being currently exhibited internationally.

Thematically, her projects continue her fascination with borderlands and ‘beautiful seams’ between the ubiquitous worlds of computing and the ‘real’ (domestic). A staunch opponent of new media's absorption with VR, her on and offline installations create flows and streams in the relational space of art and technology. Loseby’s unashamedly low-tech approach to new media build comparisons of the network and digitally (in its frustrations, attention to triviality and repetition) as absurdly compatible to the female domestic routine.

Jess Loseby has 3 children, 2 wheels, 1 husband and 0 days off.

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Re: Distorted Molotov

you know the funny thing is I picked this up at a book sale tonight -
couldn't track down the author though....

> Very strange...
> I recently bought this one from a Chinese artist...
> Hmmm...
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new stuff

just to dispel the rumour that I've slipped off somewhere quiet and

there's a new adventure in paranoia for my mad ascii woman at:

some new *poems* at

and the 'views from the ground floor..' video is finished, a preview of
which can be seen at




Re: sunday lunchtime question

Hi Kate,
lovely to hear from you.

I have pottering about the subject of ubicomp. for a while too (again, not in any strict
sense, just nosing around:) drawn to Weiser ideas and (from a social perspective) these
notions of relational spaces, streams and flows.... I'm trying (still!) to identify a
framework in which to outwork my pet theory 'cyber-domestic aesthetic'. I have almost
reached the conclusion that I am almost more intrigued by the hyphen that I am (in a
binary way) to the cyber and domestic. Hence, Weisers advocation of ubicomp. not
being the complete invisibility of tech (as originally conceived) but as having 'beautiful
seams' has been bouncing around making all so of relevant and irrelevant connections!
I don't know. 'Seams', hyphens, the dot in

As one of my 'aims' is to render the invisible,visible (i.e. body/domesticity/relationship)
in a media that is striving to become ubiquitous at first glance it would seem that
ubicomp. is the enemy of the cyber-domestic. However, the ubicomp. texts are full of
the need it to 'domestic' the technology, tech relationship to the the home, the need for
'mobility' of tech because people are mobile + Weisers talk of privileging the body' over
tech....all of which rings bells for me.

At the same time it seems it repeatidly asserts that tech must become 'context aware'.
Does that really have to be limited to larger and grander tech - smart clothing, smart
architecture, closer and more invisible surveillance.(opps, sound rather arrogant, I
mean limited, as in scope of thematic rather than ambition and 'cleverness') I'm
wondering how this effects net art. Can non-data driven artwork been 'context aware'?
should ubiquity be a goal? Lots of the calls have been talking recently about the
'ubiquitous self' - what exactly is that - the cyber-self with baggage?


sorry, rattling on - just so pleased someone has been scratching their heads too from
another angle. Please let me what is drawing you to it.

> <?xml version="1.0" ?>
> Hi Jess
> Been looking for awhile at Ubicomp and relationship (if any) to ambient net art. I'm not being very stringent about it, just letting these ideas fuse with those already in my mind. I'm at the stage where I'm gut-feeling my way towards something I can't quite identify, so would love some chat
around the subject.
> best
> Kate
> -----Original Message-----
> From: []On Behalf Of Jess Loseby
> Sent: 01 February 2004 14:19
> To:
> Subject: RHIZOME_RAW: sunday lunchtime question
> hi, anyone out there a Weiser/Ubicomp. fan?
> Just before he died Weiser said "They've completely missed the non- technical part of what ubiquitous computing is all about". If he had got a chance to explain what he believed the non-tech aspect was, what (if any) effect would it have had on
> thoughts, links to any writings or artwork about this would be greatly appreciated
> o


Re: almost gibberish

i'll try that again - really did come out gibberish for some reason >-*

Hi Michael,
somebody has just be overdosing on manovich again....
The Poetics of Augmented Space: Learning from Prada ' Lev Manovich
(2002) ( in the articles section)

which contains a piece of writing sub headed 'White Cube versus Black
I think it might have been published on rhizome too at the time.

not that anyone is allowing their curatorial agendas to be influenced too
heavily on manovich's writing.
no. surely not.

jess. o


Re: almost gibberish

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<div align="left"><font face="Arial"><span style="font-size:10pt">Hi Michael,</span></font></div>
<div align="left"><font face="Arial"><span style="font-size:10pt">somebody has just be overdosing on
manovich again....</span></font></div>
<div align="left"><font face="Arial"><span style="font-size:10pt">see:</span></font></div>
<div align="left"><font face="Arial"><span style="font-size:10pt">The Poetics of Augmented Space: Learning
from Prada ' Lev Manovich
(2002)&#160; ( in the articles section)</span></font></div>
<div align="left"><br/>
<div align="left"><font face="Arial"><span style="font-size:10pt">which contains a piece of writing
sub headed 'White Cube versus Black
Box' </span></font></div>
<div align="left"><font face="Arial"><span style="font-size:10pt">I think it might have been published
on rhizome too at the time.</span></font></div>
<div align="left"><br/>
<div align="left"><font face="Arial"><span style="font-size:10pt">not that anyone is allowing their
curatorial agendas to be influenced too
heavily on manovich's writing.</span></font></div>
<div align="left"><font face="Arial"><span style="font-size:10pt">no. surely not.</span></font></div>
<div align="left"><br/>
<div align="left"><font face="Arial"><span style="font-size:10pt">jess.</span></font></div>
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<div align="left"><font face="Arial" color="#008000"><span style="font-size:10pt"><u>Subject:&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;RHIZOME_RAW: almost gibberish</u></span></font></div>
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<div align="left"><font face="Arial" color="#008000"><span style="font-size:10pt"><u>Send reply to:&#160; &#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160;Michael Szpakowski &lt;;</u></span></font></div>
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<div align="left"><font face="Arial" color="#7f0000"><span style="font-size:10pt">&gt; Re the discussion
on commission/competition specs a</span></font></div>
<div align="left"><font face="Arial" color="#7f0000"><span style="font-size:10pt">&gt; couple of weeks
back, even making allowances for the</span></font></div>
<div align="left"><font face="Arial" color="#7f0000"><span style="font-size:10pt">&gt; fact that this
is translated from another language,</span></font></div>
<div align="left"><font face="Arial" color="#7f0000"><span style="font-size:10pt">&gt; this is the sort
of thing that completely does my head</span></font></div>
<div align="left"><font face="Arial" color="#7f0000"><span style="font-size:10pt">&gt; in.</span></font></div>
<div align="left"><font face="Arial" color="#7f0000"><span style="font-size:10pt">&gt;&gt; </span></font></div>
<div align="left"><font face="Arial" color="#7f0000"><span style="font-size:10pt">&gt; &lt;black box_&gt; </span></font></div>
<div align="left"><font face="Arial" color="#7f0000"><span style="font-size:10pt">&gt; Assertion, perception,
illusion. black box and white</span></font></div>
<div align="left"><font face="Arial" color="#7f0000"><span style="font-size:10pt">&gt; cube c</span></font></div>
<div align="left"><font face="Arial"><span style="font-size:10pt"> o</span></font></div>
<div align="left"><font face="Arial"><span style="font-size:10pt">/^</span></font></div>
<div align="left"><font face="Arial"><span style="font-size:10pt"> ][</span></font></div>