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Jamie Jenkinson


  • Jamie Jenkinson
  • Area

    School of Communication


    Visiting Lecturer

  • Jamie Jenkinson is a practitioner, programmer and researcher specialising in user-culture and surrounding digital technologies. His videos, installations and performances have been shown internationally; and his screening programmes of experimental film and video shown nationally. 

    Smartphone profile image credit: Amy Dickson 2019

  • Biography

  • Jamie is currently a doctoral researcher at LICA, Lancaster. At the RCA he is a Visiting Lecturer on the Experimental Communication pathway of MA Visual Communication, where he works with his digital/user-focused personal tutee group, writes and leads the bi-annual Digital Aesthetics workshop and co-runs the annual Discovery Channel elective and SITE situated practice. He splits his time between London and his hometown of sunny Morecambe.

    Jamie has exhibited internationally at the National Portrait Gallery, London; LUX, London; BFI, London; Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg; MoMA, New York; Tate Britain, London; Microscope Gallery, New York; Evelyn Yard, London and others. His video programmes have been screened at Close-Up Film Centre, London; V&A, London; CCA, Glasgow; and ANDOR, London, as well as many independent settings. Jenkinson was the V&A’s Exhibition Road Artist in Residence, 2015. He has subsequently worked with the Sidney Noland Trust, Rodd; Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge; Grizedale Arts, Coniston; CFCCA, Manchester; and DAD, Dover. Jenkinson also lectures in Critical Contextual Studies at Sir John Cass School of Art, London and he has held temporary teaching positions at Anglia Ruskin, Cambridge; Roehampton University, London; Kingston University, London; and others.

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  • Practice

  • Jamie makes smartphone-videos in moments of inspiration. These moments develop through an improvised dialogue with the smartphone as an active ‘AI’ participant in the making process. These videos form an online archive/database of several hundred video experiments that are intended to be watched on user-devices. These videos inform his research into user/machine dialogues, AI aesthetics and digital labour; programmes contextualising contemporary experimental film and video; and his teaching practice on the developments of user awareness, creative wellbeing and alternative modes of artistic achievement. 


Current and recent research

Jamie specialises in experimental video as a practitioner, programmer and researcher. His current research interests include digital aesthetics, smart-labour, user enablement, and the importance of nature and the role of human experience in the digital/information age. Jamie’s current practice based research into 'quantum materialism' applies avant-garde filmmaker Peter Gidal’s structural/materialist film theory to smartphone-videomaking through the additional concept of media theorist Vilém Flusser’s ‘quanta’ – funded by the AHRC through the NWCDTP at LICA, Lancaster.