Helen Pritchard

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Helen Pritchard is an artist and researcher whose interdisciplinary work brings together the fields of Computational Aesthetics, Software Studies, Environmental Practice, Feminist TechnoScience and New Feminist Materialisms. Her practice is both one of writing and making and these two modes mutually inform each other in order to consider the impact of computational regimes. Central to her work is the consideration of material practices of more-than-humans, co-research, participation and the performativity of code in computational ecologies. Her practice sometimes emerges as workshops, collaborative events, hackathons and computational art. Helen is completing a PhD at Queen Mary, University of London, funded by an EPSRC Digital Economy programme RCUK grant.

Helen’s dissertation on “Animal Hackers” considers the entanglement of more-than-humans with ubiquitous computing. In her dissertation Helen uses specific fieldwork from embedded arts-based research to focus on dairy cows monitored by remote cameras in a “big data” environmental observatory, participatory urban sensing by an internet-famous cat, and the genetic engineering of Transgenic Fish to monitor water quality. The research develops a set of practices as a manifesto for “more-than-human” computing through examining the material practices of “environmental Sensing” that emerge from these planetary-scale computational ecologies.

Selected Publications

(for a full list of Citizen Sense publications, see Publications)

  • Pritchard, Helen and Winnie Soon. “Performativity of ‘Jsut Code,’” Special issue: All about Data, Leonardo Electronic Almanac. MIT Press, forthcoming.
  • Pritchard, Helen. “Thinking with the Animal Hacker, Articulation in Ecologies of Earth Observation,” in A Peer Reviewed Journal about Back When Pluto Was a Planet: The Reinvention of Research as Participatory Practice, edited by C Anderson and G Cox. Berlin/Aarhus: transmediale/darc, Aarhus University, 2013.
  • Pritchard, Helen. “The Ingredients of Social Exchange,” in United We Act: A Scoping Study and a Symposium on Connected Communities, edited by J Bitton et al. Newcastle: Digital Economy (SiDE) Research, 2011.
  • Helen’s work, “The Recipe Exchange,” is also featured in the illustrated section of Gallery as Community: Art, Education, Politics, a publication charting significant projects undertaken by the artists and curators of M Steedman et al. London: Whitechapel Gallery in collaboration with Valiz, 2012.