- 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.