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1500 Waters

In the fall of 2008, 1500 Waters  appeared in the group show  Expanding in the Thomas Welton Stanford Art Gallery on the Stanford University campus. 1500 Waters  is a study of abundance and scarcity. The project set out to document 1500 i...

About

Artifacts from the Art + AI Research Group Bio Photo by Matt Thorsen Jenn Karson is a native Vermonter who works with a strong sense of place. She has performed on stage, in bars, basements, garages, and at the drive-in....

Art + Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research Group at the University of Vermont

Protecting human beings from the domination of machines and technocrats is a laudable enterprise, but if the machines are full of human beings who find their salvation there, such a protection is merely absurd (Ellul, 1967) Bruno Latour, We Have Never...

Artifacts

Artifact: A spurious result, effect, or finding in an experiment or investigation, esp.  one created by the experimental technique or procedure itself.   Oxford English Dictionary Emergence (Art + AI Research) Disrupted...

Bad Ju Ju, 2001

From 1999 - 2002 Jenn was the lead vocalist, songwriter and band leader for Bad Ju Ju . The band performed in Burlington, Vermont at Club Metronome, Higher Ground, Red Square, South End Art Hop and Half Lounge. For most of the time the band was together...

Calls From The Dark

Calls from the Dark is a sound installation that explores the intoxicated longings of animals and machines; it was created to be played outside at night at the edge of the woods. Originally installed for the Illuminated Forest at Shelburne Farms in ...

Champlain Sound and Color

In 2010, using Maurice Benayoun's Art Collider , Sound Artist Jenn Karson and Photographer Matt Larson sent digital images and sounds from Vermont's Lake Champlain Waterfront to a live streaming exhibition at La Bellevilloise Gallery in Paris, France....

Contact

jkarson@uvm.edu

Disrupted Architectures

...the kind of architecture we are talking about is really architecture as a cultural practice, because that sense of architecture acknowledges diversity of location, that wherever folks are dwelling in space, they can think creatively about the transformation...

Emergence

Soft thought is not there to be understood as a new cognitive function or as a transcendent form of rationality but to reveal that programming culture is infected by incomputable thoughts that are yet to be accounted for. Luciano Parisi, Contagious...

Foghorns and Their Public

Public art presupposes the public sphere and produces a public in relation to that concept. Unlike popular or mass art, it does not assume a preexistent generic audience to be entertained or instructed but sets out to forge a specific public by means...

GreenLab

While a grad student at SFAI I was the teaching assistant for the SFAI Design + Technology course Green by Design taught by Paul Klein . Our class project GreenLab invited the SFAI Community to participate in two days of activities, workshops,...

Intermedia Collaborations

Aquela Que Eu Queria Ser, 2021 Paula Higa, Department of Theatre and Dance, UVM https://vimeo.com/573142926 Aquela Que Eu Queria Ser (The One I Wanted To Be) 2001 Co-produced by Paula Higa and Jenn Karson. Garden architecture by Ken ...

Mapping + Scoring

Exploring mapping as the organization of space and scoring as the organization of time. There has always been art in cartography. Maps by definition are utilitarian; they bear implicit promises of routes into and out of the unknown. Is there...

Natures and Cultures

Calls From The Dark, 2018. Released. Champlain Sound and Color, 2010. Sounds of a Stone Home, 2010. Navigating the Bay, 2008. 1500 Waters, 2008. Calls From the Dark Released Champlain Sound and Color Sounds...

Navigating the Bay

A rhizome has no beginning or end; it is always in the middle, between thing, interbeing, intermezzo…The middle is by no means an average; on the contrary, it is where things pick up speed. Between things does not designate a localizable relation d...

Place Ravignan and Picasso at Montmartre

Place Ravignan and Picasso at Montmartre were included in the exhibition Staring Back: The Creation and Legacy of Picasso’s Demoiselles d’Avignon .Curated by Janie Cohen and on view at the Fleming Museum of Art, Burlington, VTFebruary 3 - June 21,...

Power + Ground

Power and Ground explored methods of mapping, scoring and recording sounds of natures and cultures in San Francisco. Approximately 50 sites in the city were recorded while considering constellations of humans, machines, animals, the elements and money....

Released.

Going to Waterbury: An Elegy was a a closing ceremony for Vermont's Waterbury State Hospital. The "asylum" was permanently closed after flooding from Tropical Storm Irene in 2011 made it uninhabitable. The site-specific sound installation Released...

Salon Pod

Salon Pod in the Studio Ju Ju Gardens The Salon Pod sound experience turned the tables on audience and stage performer; Salon Pod made the listener the center of attention. Salon Pod Greeting Le Coiffeur Salon Pod by Jenn Karson...

Scoring the Streets of New Orleans

On New Year's Eve 2004 I recorded while walking through the French Quarter and down Bourbon Street. The recording captured street music, music from bars and restaurants, and the boisterous crowds. The evening was welcoming in a year no one could have...

Social Practice

Social Practice: The notion that art of whatever sort is produced in or for a given social formation, rather than as an indulgence in pure self-expression or self-exorcism. Sharon Grace Glossary Art + Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) Research Group...

Sound and Listening Workshops

SubAmbient SoundLab Mapping Found Sounds Sounds of the Earth, Sea and Sky SubAmbient SoundLab SubAmbient Sound refers to sounds discovered through excavation, sounds found below the surfaces of things and places. What seemed solid and...

Sound Conflicts

Polarizing Sounds "Is that you or me? " YOUR ATTENTION PLEASE! IGNORE THIS MESSAGE. 2014 "He vowed that he would find some means to sink Picasso, and make him sorry for his audacious hoax. " THE PICTURE WAS AN OUTRAGE 2015 "Ring...

Sounds of a Stone Home

Sounds of a Stone HomeSite-Specific Sound Installation, 2010 Sounds of Stone Home was a site-specific sound installationthat explored the comings and goings of the creatures, people and things who have inhabited the stonequarries at Millstone ...

Tessellation Modules

An ever-growing set of hexagons that are assembled, dissembled and reassembled by maker-artists. Students from the course Digital Fabrications at the University of Vermont hang their work. Student work fabricated in the...

The Firehouse Bell Project

The Firehouse Bell Project was included in the exhibition User Required at Burlington City Arts Center, Burlington, VT, 2013. Curated by DJ Hellerman. The Firehouse Bell Tower The...

The Picture Was an Outrage

The Picture Was an Outrage was included in the exhibition Staring Back: The Creation and Legacy of Picasso’s Demoiselles d’Avignon .Curated by Janie Cohen and on view at the Fleming Museum of Art, Burlington, VTFebruary 3 - June 21, 2015 The...

UVM FabLab

Jenn is the director of the University of Vermont FabLab , a digital fabrication and educational lab that supports student expertise and peer-to-peer mentoring; a student staff runs its day-to-day operations. In an average year over 700 projects go through...

Vermont Makers

Vermont Makers contribute to local and international conversations about the confluence of art, science and technology. Jenn and her cofounders have contributed to exhibits, public program and maker faires. Members of Vermont Makers were key to...

Your Attention Please! Ignore This Message.

"Continuity seems lacking in a wold full of separately conceived physical entities all competing for space and attention, all without concern for what is nearby, and masked by portals, links, and signs to someplace else." Malcolm McCullough, Ambient...

Zola Turn, 1995 - 1999

Pure power pop with sensible lyrics and a standout sound. On the b-side is "Falling" - opening on a slinky guitar hook - balanced by Jennifer Karson's alluring vocals - and slippery pop sense; the song ends in a guitar seizure - my favorite on the...