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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some bonfire night flippancy

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Date forwarded: Wed, 05 Nov 2003 19:46:30 -0000
From: "jess loseby" <>
To: "bob" <>
Subject: Bonfire night flippancy
Date sent: Wed, 05 Nov 2003 19:46:30 -0000

Dear Bob,
some bonfire night flippancy

{adapted from 'Matilda' Cautionary Tales, Hilaire Belloc}

The Cautionary Tale of Young Tony

Young Tony told such Dreadful Lies,
It made one Gasp and Stretch one's Eyes;
Joe Public, who, from his Earliest Youth,
Had kept a Strict Regard for Truth,
Attempted to Believe his views:
The effort very nearly killed him too,
And might yet do so, if not he
Discovers this Infirmity.
For once , towards the Close of Day,
Young Tony, growing tired of play
And finding he was left alone,
Went tiptoe to the Telephone,
And summoned the Immediate Aid
Of Army, Navy, Fire-Brigade.

Within a day the Gallant Band
Were pouring in from every land,
From Pakistan, to Monaco
With Courage high and Hearts a-glow
They galloped, fearing deep corruption
`iraq has weapons of mass destruction!!'
Inspired by Global Cheers and Loud
Proceeding from the Frenzied Crowd,
They ran their ladders through a score
Of windows and kicked down each door;
And took Peculiar Pains to Souse
The oil fires (never mind your House),
Joe Public has as yet succeeded
In showing them they were not needed;
Even when he tried to pay
To get them all to go away!

It happened that a few Weeks later
Joe Public was off to the Theatre
To see that Interesting Play
"How many men have died today?".
He had refused to take young Tony with him
to hear this play of social schism:
A Deprivation Just and Wise
To Punish him for Telling Lies.
That Night a real war did break out -
You should have heard Young Tony Shout!
You should have heard him Scream and Bawl,
And throw the window up and call
To People passing in the Street -
(The rapidly increasing bombs
Encouraging him to obtain
Their confidence) - but all in vain!
For every time he shouted `Dire!'
They only answered `Little Liar'!
And therefore when Joe P returned,
Young Tony and his troops, were Burned.


jess. o



last minute plug...

Jess Loseby will be interviewed live online by Lewis LaCook tonight,
October 21, at 18:30 GMT (19:30 BST and 14:30 NY), as part of
Furtherfield's FurtherStudio artist residency. To see the live chat, point
your browser at

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new work:

personifying the other who is on the end of my internet connection - I
have been 'writing' to 'bob' since august and he sometimes writes back.
Its amazing how our relationship has degenerated to mirror my actual
affair with the net. At fist he was cordial and understanding but soon
became unresponsive and argumentative.
some new work this week;

If [speech]

All best on ISDN or better, applogies users with dial-up
Flash , video and music

Online this morning at furtherstudio
11-12 (BST)




Re: a new interface to exhibit digital art

> I've been thinking a lot recently on how to marry net/web/new media
> art with more of a friendly interface when exhibited in galleries.
> The article above describes an interactive poster which uses new tech
> to display video output on a window and have the window act as a
> touch-screen.

oh oh oh want one want one!!!!!

jess o


pictures without a video

today I ran over a inch and a half spike while looking for birthday presents in
woolworths. After apologies, they wheeled me out into the sunshine were I sat unable to
move for an hour and half waiting for my husband to drive back from work and rescue
me (again). I had my phone so called a coffee shop whose number was helpfully painted
on the side of the shop and a woman with an apron on brought me a latte and with a
side dose of sympathy which was appreciated.
If I had had my video camera on me I would have sent you pictures of the people
walking by.
New mothers with infants in various states of distress.
elderly couples walking slowly, negotiating the litter with sticks and handbags
men is dark glasses who felt young and sunloved
women with hair pulled back leting the breeze touch their necks
children with capped cups sipping orange juice under parasols
the smell of bacon pulling people into the cafe rather than the shelf full of wholewheat
the photographer who came unasked to take my picture because (she said) people
needed to know
my reflection in the phone shop, slightly tilted as the tyre splayed out on the pavement
2 people said they liked my pink hair - I could have recorded that
put it in a piece
so you could see
high and low
up and down
on and off
mixed together.