About

Oskar Abril interviews Jeff Knowlton at FutureSonic.

Jeff Knowlton is a an artist specializing in computer based work, primarily locative media and a recovering photographer. In 2002, Knowlton and collaborators Jeremy Hight and Naomi Spellman, exhibited 34 North 118 West, the first location aware narrative.

34 North 118 West is an experimental art work operating on a TabletPC utilizing digital media, computation and GPS to deliver an interactive narrative experience across a one half square mile area in downtown Los Angeles near Sci-Arc, the Southern California Institute of Architecture.

In spring 2004 Jeff Knowlton and Naomi Spellman presented another locative media work, InterUrban at FutureSonic <04> in Manchester UK. During that summer Knowlton and Spellman began work on The Interpretive Engine for Various Places on Earth as Artist in Residence at the Media Center in Huddersfield, U.K. The Interpretive Engine premiered at the Fresno Metropolitan Museum of Art and Science in 2006.


Jeff Knowlton has worked on large scale projects for clients such as Mattel, Union Bank of California and The Centre for Global Dialogue in Reuschlikon Switzerland. As head preparitor at the Orlando Museum of Art, he spent 5 years working closely with curators in both exhibitions and education.

Mr. Knowlton particpates in panels, and lectures on interactive media and technology in the US and abroad. He is a recipient of a New Forms Initiative Grant funded by the NEA and the Rockefeller Foundation. Mr. Knowlton teaches at UC San Diego in the Interdisciplinary Computing Arts Program.

1999 MFA, CalArts, Program in Art & Critical Studies
1995 BFA, CalArts,
Program in Art