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

News --  

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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The Enchanted Forest:
Satellite Canopies and Digital Understories --

2017 / video; research; simulation; VR video
Created at: the Nature, Art, and Habitat Residency in Sottochiesa, Italy

Exhibited: The Night Gallery, Chicago IL

Exhibited: FEMMEBIT, Los Angeles CA

“The International Space Station ✞ will be visible from Sottochiesa, Italy for 4 min. Max Height: 70 degrees, Appears: NW, Disappears: SE.” [Received Tuesday 11:57am, Wednesday 10:57am, Thursday 9:57am, Thursday 11:57am, Friday 10:57am…] -- Text Message from SpotTheStation

From satellite ✞ sensors to virtual reality content, forests are being scanned, replicated, and rendered to resolve our current climate reality and to escape into a entirely different one. Evolving into a complex system of entangled networked devices, media, and data, forests now extend well beyond their physical, natural, and conceptual bounds—into outer space, into the living room, into the body, into a multi-layered environment that blends the virtual and the real, the artificial and the natural, the local and the global.

The Enchanted Forest: Satellite Canopies and Digital Understories, is a short film that investigates new ecosystems emerging from the alignment of landscapes, aerial observation technologies, and VR culture. Using a forest located in Sottochiesa, Italy, the project experiments with combining documentary research, interviews with Agronomist Patrizio Musitell, satellite ✞ locator applications, popular VR forest environments, and speculative simulations—to generate a place that is sited within multiple representations, geographies, and realities.

The film constructs a hyper-linked ecosystem that appears and disappears with the passing of the International Space Station ✞, our new artificial satellite moon. Within each 4-minute scanning season, VR visitors appear, drawn into the fleeting landscape.

The project imagines how our landscapes, seasons, and internal bodily rhythms might be transformed by emerging technological forces, representative of our growing faith ✞ in the multi-layered realm we inhabit—the planetary interface. Through this research, The Enchanted Forest proposes the creation of new hybrid ecologies of interaction and practice in the post-digital, Anthropocene era.

Chi di voi si ricorda la storia della Divina Commedia di Dante? ... Ti ricordi come si inizia?"
"Who among you remembers the story of the Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri? … Do you remember how it starts? - Agronomist, Patrizio Musitell