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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. Jenkinson’s videos, installations and performances have been shown internationally; and his screening programmes of experimental film and video shown nationally. He 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.

    Smartphone profile image credit: Amy Dickson 2019

  • Biography

  • 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.

  • 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.