Jen Southern

Specialist areas

  • Collaborative GPS
  • Locative Media
  • Sociology of Mobilities & Mobile Research Methods
  • Mobilities & Art
  • Participatory art
  • Relational and network art



Jen Southern is an artist and lecturer in Fine Art and New Media at Lancaster University. She has a practice-based PhD in Sociology from the Centre for Mobilities Research, where she is now creative director. Her collaborative art work exploring hybrid spaces and practices has been exhibited at festivals and galleries in Europe, Canada, India, Japan and New Zealand since 1991.

Jen currently works with Chris Speed on Comob Net, exploring collaborative uses of GPS technology, and producing and making visible a sense of comobility, of being mobile with others at a distance. She has an interest in flight, aerial perspectives in both mobile applications and the flight of light aircraft, balloons, drones and space travel.

Her writing about comobility and locative art has been published internationally by Transcript, The Canadian Journal of Communications, Second Nature: International Journal of Creative Media, and the Fifth IEEE International Conference on e-Science. Recent work has been produced through residencies and commissions including: The Banff Centre; Mobile Media Studio, Montreal; FACT, Liverpool; The Pervasive Media Studio, Bristol.

Latest posts:

Mobile Utopia Exhibition

This exhibition of 13 international artists, curated by Jen Southern, Emma Rose and Linda O Keeffe, is part of the conference Mobile Utopia: Pasts, Presents, Futures at the Lancaster House Hotel from 2nd-5th November 2017. The exhibition includes works in a diverse range of media: video installation, sound art, data sculpture, walking art, …

29 Oct 2017 in Exhibition


Jen Southern & Sam Thulin Available from the Harris Library, Preston. 23rd May — 13th November 2016 opening hours Commissioned by In Certain Places and Preston Remembers, with technical development by the Media Innovation Studio. A video of the work can be seen here. Homing uses locative technologies to make connections …

13 Sep 2016 in Mobilities & Exhibition

Being Mobile: Interdisciplinary Workshop Series

  Being Mobile is an interdisciplinary workshop series in collaboration with the Centre for Mobilities Research and mobilities.lab at Lancaster. Being Mobile is a series of workshops exploring new directions in mobilities research and art practice, developing relationships between Lancaster Institute of Contemporary Arts and mobilities.lab, and introducing new researchers to …

31 Mar 2015 in Mobilities & Project tagged with:

Captured in Motion

This informal workshop is designed to share and play with new equipment for mobile research, bought with a Lancaster University capital equipment bid.  We have new GoPro cameras and a range of apps and in the mobilities.lab and we know some of you have done really interesting work in this area. The …

31 Mar 2015 in Mobilities & Events & Workshop tagged with: