Work | Biography
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Amber Frid-Jimenez is an award-winning artist whose recent work explores the role of design and technology in contemporary society. Her research-based artwork traverses various disciplines to investigate the aesthetics and cultural mechanics of the network through experimental platforms and visual installations. Recent projects include Data Is Political: On Contemporary Art, Design and the Politics of Information, which explores the aesthetic and political dimensions of information and its relation to power and the production of knowledge. Frid-Jimenez is the co-author of a forthcoming book by the same title to be published in 2013. She is also the author of a recently published book entitled La Lucha Sin Fin: On Charisma and Its Persuasive Technologies, published by the Jan van Eyck (2012).
Frid-Jimenez is a Principal of AFJD Studio, a recently formed firm at the intersection of architecture, information design and ecology.
Frid-Jimenez is an associate professor at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she leads research on new visualization systems for the Mozilla Foundation's Collusion project. She is currently on leave from her position as associate professor at the Bergen National Academy of Art and Design (Norway), serves as a supervisor for the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme, recently has been a design researcher at the esteemed Jan van Eyck Academie (Netherlands), and an affiliate artist at the MIT Program for Art, Culture and Technology (Cambridge, MA), where she also taught from 2008 to 2010 and co-curated a series of symposia with former director and internationally renowned curator Ute Meta Bauer. She has lectured at Brown University, Cornell University, Harvard University and at the Rhode Island School of Design, where she also directed sponsored research relating to gestural interface design.
Frid-Jimenez has presented her artwork and research internationally at institutions including the Smithsonian Institution, Casco Office for Art Design and Theory (NL), Maison Europeenne de la Photographie (Paris, FR), A Foundation (Liverpool, UK), Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver), Western Front (Vancouver), Banff New Media Institute (Alberta, CA), Media Lab Prado (Madrid, SP), among others. Her work has been featured on the New York Times, Bloomberg TV, Huffington Post, the Boston Globe, CBC Radio, Bustler, ArchDaily, Architizer, Art21, Manystuff, Infosthetics, We Make Money Not Art, among others.
Frid-Jimenez holds a Science Masters in Media Arts and Sciences from the MIT Media Laboratory where she studied with John Maeda in the Physical Language Workshop. Prior to that, she designed interactive software to search and visualize the US Patent Database in the Cognitive Machines Group at MIT. Frid-Jimenez was a professional book designer for institutions including the Smithsonian Institution and Harvard University Press, among others. She earned her bachelor's degree in fine art and philosophy from Wesleyan University.
amber at afjdstudio dot net