Jenny Rodenhouse 
Selected Projects --          
    Live Stream    
    99¢ Space To Fit
    The Logistical Baroque
    The Enchanted Forest
    Xbox 360   
    Frame by Frame
    Personal Roving Mascot
    Sensor Salon
    NFL Fantasy Football
    Microsoft Gestures

Teaching+Programming --  
    MR Furniture
    BRB Symposium
    The Immersion Lab
    Wobbly Realities

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About -- 
    Jenny Rodenhouse (b.Tulsa, OK) is an artist, designer, and researcher in Los Angeles. Her work proposes that the interface is our new natural habitat, creating projects that explore our increasingly immersive, screen-based lifestyles. Working with both physical and digital media, she intertwines windowed structures, software, screens, rooms, furniture, and landscapes to examine the pervious aesthetics, power, and economy of the interface.

    Jenny is an Assistant Professor and Director of the Immersion Lab at ArtCenter College of Design, teaching for the Interaction Design Department and Media Design Practices MFA program. 

   Jenny holds a MFA degree from ArtCenter College of Design and Bachelors in Industrial & Interaction Design from Syracuse University (5-yr program). She has been a Fellow at Nature, Art, & Habitat Residency in Sottochiesa Italy, a Postgraduate Research Fellow at Media Design Practices ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena California, a designer and researcher at Microsoft Research in Social Computing, Xbox, and Windows Phone Advanced Development in Seattle Washington. While at Microsoft she worked on the first Windows Phone platform, explored the future of transmedia entertainment, prototyped emerging gestural interactions, designed and shipped the Xbox 2011 interface (Information Architecture to > Top Level UI to > Sign In to > Settings), and explored cross-platform social experiences for Microsoft Research and Xbox Live (Xbox + NFL).

    Her work has been shown at FEMMEBIT, Roger’s Office Gallery, IxDA 2019, The Swiss Architecture Museum; Architektur Galerie Berlin; BODY and the Anthropocene; the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism / Architecture; Architecture + Design Museum; Open City Art City Festival at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts; Post-Internet Cities Conference; The Graduate Center for Critical Studies; KAM Workshops: Artificial Natures; and CHI. Her projects have been featured in Wallpaper, The Guardian, Wired Magazine, Anti-Utopias, Test Plots Magazine, and Time Magazine.

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Frame by Frame --

2016 / writing

He slept like a lamb. A lamb was a young animal which was legendary for sleeping well on the planet Earth. It looked like this. - Excerpts from Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut, 1973

Like a fence, a frame [] is a border that contains [a subject]; a lamb or a man sleeping like a lamb. It intervenes, to catch, to hold, and to keep the subject still, sectioned off from the rest of its surroundings. It is safe, composed, predictable, and digestible.

A frame is a container for examination. It can be any shape, sometimes it is just imagined but most often it is a square or a rectangle. It is built from the world around. A frame is separated, sectioned, and sliced away from a human’s continuous 180-degree horizontal field of view. It is a controlled view. It says, here, look at this, holding the man sleeping like a lamb in front of the viewer. Within the frame the subject appears important, worthy, interesting, and attractive. The frame compels a viewer to inspect the subject on display. It is a window into somewhere else. Somewhere the viewer is not. It offers the viewer something they cannot see and cannot be.

A frame is a constructed point-of-view. The frame wants a viewer to see the man sleeping like a lamb this way or that way, but always a specific way. A view from above, bird’s-eye view, God’s view, satellite view, unmanned aerial vehicle view, is an elevated view of a subject. It is an establishing shot used to introduce a scene or character. Used for blueprints and maps, this perspective provides a distant overview of the man sleeping. It creates a sense of calm in its simple straightforward composition, creating an opportunity to build suspense. The viewer sees his entire body stretched out, on display to observe. The man seems quiet and at peace within the frame, like a lamb. The viewer is held at a distance as to not disturb the sleeping man.

There was a sign hanging on the inside doorknob...which now hung on the outside of the doorknob.

A frame disrupts, distorts, compresses, and displaces. It is a tool of deconstruction. It can remove a subject from one context and transport it to another. It a tool of reconstruction. It can isolate a subject from it’s context by building something new around it. A frame is just a piece of a larger event, story, plan, or concept. A frame permits the manipulation of a sequence. Framed: to produce false evidence against an innocent person so that they appear guilty.

When a frame follows another frame it creates the illusion of a moving image. It is 1/24, 1/25, or 1/30 of a second. There is not just one frame of a man sleeping like a lamb, there are many, many men sleeping like lambs.

The order of frames can change the individual frame’s meaning and examine new relationships. What comes before or after the man sleeping like a lamb? The use of frame can act as a series of surprises and lies, where context is broken apart and then reassembled. The narratives implied by these composite sequences may go forward or back or sideways or up like floors of a building. Una camera > a room. Stacks of rooms. Stacks of camera views. Stacks of containers. Stacks of bodies lying within the frame.

Dwayne Hoover might be confused as to what his life was all about, or what he should do with it next. But this much he has done correctly: He had delivered himself to an irreproachable container for a human being...

Dwayne pulled open his floor-to-ceiling draperies for a moment. He saw the sign which announced the presence of the Inn to weary travelers on the Interstate...

He closed his draperies. He adjusted the heating and ventilating system. He slept like a lamb.