Jen Southern works with relationships between people, technologies and places. Her working process is usually collaborative and often begins with the tracking or tracing of movement and communication, such as with a Mountain Rescue Team and its dogs, or with players in a mass football game. Southern undertakes experimental and often playful research related to a specific place, time or group of people. Whether it is learning to fly a light aircraft or making videogame clothing, her work plays with the idea of what it means to live life alongside or within networks. In collaboration with other artists, technologists or members of the public she works with the layering of the digital and the physical in everyday local environments.
Recent work has been with: Abandon Normal Devices Festival; National Football Museum, Manchester; Mobile Media Studio, Montreal; ISIS Arts, Newcastle; The Pervasive Media Studio, Bristol.
Southern is also a lecturer in Fine Art and New Media at Lancaster University. As director of the Mobilities Lab at the Centre for Mobilities Research she is involved in developing mobile and creative research methods that combine art practice and social research.
Jen Southern, Searcher, 2015, (Abandon Normal Devices).