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Adriene Jenik

“Moments in Desktop Theater (1997-2002)”

Screenshots and logged excerpts from three of more than 40 internet street theatre productions performed by Adriene Jenik, Lisa Brenneis and the Desktop Theater troupe. An extensive archive of the experimental practice can be viewed at www.desktoptheater.org


Adriene Jenik is a telecommunications media artist who has been working for over 15 years as an artist, educator, curator, administrator, and engineer. Mauve Desert: A CD-ROM Translation is Jenik's internationally acclaimed interactive road movie based on the novel Le Désert mauve by French Canadian author Nicole Brossard. From 1997-2002, Jenik joined with multi-media maven Lisa Brenneis & an internationally distributed troupe of online performers to create Desktop Theater, a series of live theatrical inventions in public visual chat rooms. Desktop Theater's “waitingforgodot.com” has been written about extensively and is widely considered a key contribution to the Internet performance cannon. Jenik is an Associate Professor of Computer & Media Arts in the Visual Arts Dept. at University of California, San Diego. Her current works (ActiveCampus Explorientation and SPEC-FLIC) instigate large-scale public art events over wireless networks.

“Powering Up/Powering Down” is sponsored in part by the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts (UCIRA), the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts (CRCA), and the UC San Diego Department of Music in connection with the departments of Visual Arts, Music, and Literature at UCSD along with the UC Riverside and Los Angeles campuses.