Jenny Filipetti is an American artist and educator working in creative
technology and atmospheric design. She is part of the three-person team that
prototyped the world’s first luminescent wearable biosensor, a now patented technology which was also awarded in the 2017 International Biodesign Challenge at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. She has also been exhibited as a world finalist for the Arte Laguna International Art Prize.
Her artistic practice is rooted in sensory ecology and 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. 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. She has regularly taught courses and workshops in creative coding, Internet of Things, web design, data visualization, human and beyond-human centered design, and a variety of 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) ↩