Jenny Filipetti is an American artist and educator working in creative
technology. She is part of the three-person team that prototyped the world’s first wearable luminescent biosensor, a now patented technology which was also awarded in the 2017 International Biodesign Challenge at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and exhibited in “The Future Will Be Grown” at the NYC School of Visual Arts. Jenny was also awarded as a finalist in the Arte Laguna International Art Prize for her installation Breath Vessels, an interactive data instrument which translates the exhalations of participants into 3D-printed clay vessels.

Her artistic practice is rooted in sensory ecology across human/machine/beyond-human interfaces, and in the atmospheric arts: colour, time, breath, memory, and sky.1 She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Emergent Digital Practices from the University of Denver and a degree in Art-Semiotics from Brown University, where she also studied computational biology. She was raised on the ancestral lands of the Lenape people in present-day Manhattan and Rockland County, NY.

Passionate about the ways our creative sectors can serve overall community well-being, Jenny stewards an active career at the nexus of community and interdisciplinary education alongside her own artistic practice. She cofounded Immersive Denver in 2018, a Colorado-based community organization seeking to connect the experiential creative community, generate new audiences for immersive, and advance efforts around performer and participant safety, agency, access and inclusion. It remains the leading regional organization in the United States dedicated to fortifying a regional community of experiential artists and designers. Since 2020, she has collaborated with Majestic Collaborations on developing tools, resources, and learning objects for arts resilience, with a focus on the intersections across arts and event production, cultural heritage, and community disaster preparedness and response. Jenny also serves as Digital Experience Director for the Milan-based Afrofashion Association.

She is a former member of the faculty of Inworks at the University of Colorado, an interdisciplinary initiative dedicated to developing student and community capacities in design thinking and rapid prototyping towards addressing hard human challenges. At Inworks and elsewhere she has regularly taught courses and workshops in creative coding, Internet of Things, web design, data visualization, human and beyond-human centered design, and other topics at the nexus of design, ecology, and computation.

1. As synthesized by the anthropologist Tim Ingold in “Whirlwind”, The Life of Lines (page 53-59) ↩

Don Quixote de Auraria optioned by the Denver Center for Performing Arts

Apr 29, 2021

Show at Currents 826

Mar 10, 2019

Breath Vessels press

Jun 10, 2015