Dr Helen Pritchard
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Dr Helen Pritchard

Associate Professor in Queer Feminist Technoscience and Digital Design

School of Art, Design and Architecture (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)

Dr. Helen V. Pritchard is an associate professor in queer feminist technoscience & digital design at i-DAT, and the programme lead for MRes Digital Art and Technology.

Helen’s work considers the impacts of computation on social and environmental justice and how these impacts configure the possibilities for life—or who gets to have a life—in intimate and significant ways. As a practitioner she works together with others to make propositions and designs for computing, developing methods to uphold a politics of queer survival and environmental practice. Helen is the co-editor of DataBrowser 06: Executing Practices (2018) and Science,Technology and Human Values: Sensors and Sensing Practices (2019).

She regularly collaborates with Winnie Soon on software art and writing machines, and together with Femke Snelting and Jara Rocha, she activates The Underground Division, an action-research collective that investigates technologies of subsurface rendering and its imaginations. The Underground Division bugs contemporary regimes of volumetrics that are applied to extractivist, computationalist and geologic damages. It is an ongoing hands-on situation for device making, tool problematising and "holing in gaug".

Helen has extensive experience in working with participatory and creative practice methods for co-research, drawing on feminist and queer approaches. Since 2013 Helen has been a member of "Citizen Sense", an award-winning group investigating the relationship between technologies and practices of environmental sensing and citizen engagement. She is also a co-organiser of The Institute for Technology in the Public Interest (TITiPi); together they convene communities to hold computational infrastructures to account and create spaces for articulating what technologies in the “public interest” might be.

Helen was previously the Head of Digital Art and lecturer in Computing at Goldsmiths University of London. As an artist and academic, Helen has given keynotes and public talks and has shown work internationally, including at FACT (UK), Furtherfield (UK), Tetem (NL), Sonic Acts (NL), Tate Exchange (UK), transmediale (Germany), DA Fest International festival of Digital Art (Bulgaria), SpaceX (UK), Microwave Festival (Hong Kong), ACA Florida (USA), and Arnolfini Online (UK). Helen received her EPSRC-funded PhD from Queen Mary University of London.

For more information see www.helenpritchard.info

Current Research Projects

Infrastructural Interactions”. Funded by Human Data Interaction: Legibility, Agency, Negotiability Network Plus, UK EPSRC.

Technology in the Public Interest”. Funded by Research Communities Funding: COVID-19 / Quintin Hogg Trust.

“Multispecies Methods for Solidarity Stories — Using Multispecies Digital Storytelling for Sustainable Change by engaging with Decolonial and Anti-Racist Strategies" in collaboration with Cassandra Troyan (Linnaeus University). Funded by Linnaeus University Internationalization grant 20/21.

Bionic Natures”. Funded by Oslo School of Environmental Humanities (OSEH).

Current Artworks 

ROCK REPO, Thames Estaury 2021

QUEER MOTTO API, transmediale 2021–2022


Current PhD Students

Pete Jiadong Qiang.“Queer Maximalism HyperBody”.

Clareese Grace Hill. “Post-Identity Phenomenology and Digitally Mediated Disruptions”.

Alice Stevens. “Design Education for sustainability”

Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Journals

 

Pritchard, H., Rocha, J., & Snelting, F. (2020). Figurations of Timely Extraction. Media Theory, 4(2), 155-188. Retrieved from https://journalcontent.mediatheoryjournal.org/index.php/mt/article/view/123

 

Aouragh, M., Gürses, S., Pritchard, H., & Snelting, F. (2020). The extractive infrastructures of contact tracing apps. Journal of Environmental Media, 1(2), 9.1-9.9. doi:10.1386/jem_00030_1

 

Britton, L., & Pritchard, H. (2020). For CS. Interactions, 27(4), 94-98. doi:10.1145/3406838

 

Houston, L., Gabrys, J., & Pritchard, H. (2019). Breakdown in the Smart City: Exploring Workarounds with Urban-sensing Practices and Technologies. Science, Technology, & Human Values, 44(5), 843-870. doi:10.1177/0162243919852677

 

Pritchard, H., Gabrys, J., & Houston, L. (2018). Re-calibrating DIY: Testing digital participation across dust sensors, fry pans and environmental pollution. New Media & Society, 20(12), 4533-4552. doi:10.1177/1461444818777473

 

Pritchard, H., Rocha, J., & Snelting, F. (2018). Ultrasonic dreams of aclinical renderings (2018). Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology, (13). doi:10.5399/uo/ada.2018.13.7

 

Gabrys, J., Pritchard, H., & Barratt, B. (2016). Just good enough data: Figuring data citizenships through air pollution sensing and data stories. Big Data & Society, 3(2), 205395171667967. doi:10.1177/2053951716679677

 

Pritchard, H., & Gabrys, J. (2016). From Citizen Sensing to Collective Monitoring: Working through the Perceptive and Affective Problematics of Environmental Pollution. GeoHumanities, 2(2), 354-371. doi:10.1080/2373566x.2016.1234355

 

Prophet, J., & Pritchard, H. (2015). Performative Apparatus and Diffractive Practices: An Account of Artificial Life Art. Artificial Life, 21(3), 332-343. doi:10.1162/artl_a_00174

 

Pritchard, H., & Prophet, J. (2015). Diffractive Art Practices: Computation and the Messy Entanglements between Mainstream Contemporary Art, and New Media Art*. Artnodes, (15). doi:10.7238/a.v0i15.2594

 

Pritchard, H. (2013). Thinking with the Animal-Hacker. A Peer-Reviewed Journal About, 2(1), 120-131. doi:10.7146/aprja.v2i1.121133

 

 


Articles
Pritchard H, Rocha J & Snelting F 2020 'Figurations of Timely Extraction' Media Theory 4, (2) 159-188 Publisher Site Open access
Aouragh M, Gürses S, Pritchard H & Snelting F 2020 'The extractive infrastructures of contact tracing apps' Journal of Environmental Media 1, (2) 9.1-9.9 , DOI
Britton L & Pritchard H 2020 'For CS' Interactions 27, (4) 94-98 , DOI
Houston L, Gabrys J & Pritchard H 2019 'Breakdown in the Smart City: Exploring Workarounds with Urban-sensing Practices and Technologies' Science, Technology, & Human Values 44, (5) 843-870 , DOI
Gabrys J, Pritchard H & Houston L 2019 'Special Issue: Sensors and Sensing Practices' Science, Technology and Human Values 44, (5) Publisher Site
Pritchard H, Rocha J & Snelting F 2018 'Ultrasonic dreams of aclinical renderings' Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology (13) , DOI
Pritchard H, Gabrys J & Houston L 2018 'Re-calibrating DIY: Testing digital participation across dust sensors, fry pans and environmental pollution' new media & society 20, 4533-4552
Gabrys J & Pritchard H 2018 'Just good enough data and environmental sensing: Moving beyond regulatory benchmarks toward citizen action' International Journal of Spatial Data Infrastructures Research 13, 4-14
Gabrys J, Pritchard H & Barratt B 2016 'Just good enough data: Figuring data citizenships through air pollution sensing and data stories' Big Data & Society 3, (2) 205395171667967-205395171667967 , DOI
Pritchard H & Gabrys J 2016 'From Citizen Sensing to Collective Monitoring: Working through the Perceptive and Affective Problematics of Environmental Pollution' GeoHumanities 2, (2) 354-371 , DOI
Gabrys J, Pritchard H & Barratt B 2016 'Just good enough data: Figuring data citizenships through air pollution sensing and data stories' Big Data & Society 3, 2053951716679677-2053951716679677
Prophet J & Pritchard H 2015 'Performative Apparatus and Diffractive Practices: An Account of Artificial Life Art' Artificial Life 21, (3) 332-343 , DOI
Pritchard H & Prophet J 2015 'Diffractive Art Practices: Computation and the Messy Entanglements between Mainstream Contemporary Art, and New Media Art*' Artnodes (15) , DOI
Pritchard H & Prophet J 2015 'Prácticas artísticas difractivas: La informática y los complicados enredos entre el arte contemporáneo convencional y el arte de los nuevos medios' Artnodes 2015, 5-14
Pritchard H 2013 'Thinking with the Animal-Hacker' A Peer-Reviewed Journal About 2, (1) 120-131 , DOI
Books

Pritchard, H., Snodgrass, E. and Tyżlik-Carver, M., 2018. Executing Practices (p. 315). Open Humanities Press.

Pritchard H; Snodgrass E; Tyzlik-Carver M 2018 DATA BROWSER 06: Executing Practices. Open Humanities Press Open access
Chapters
Pritchard H, Rocha J & Snelting F 2020 'We Have Always Been Geohackers' Wilhelm Fink Verlag
Pritchard H 2018 'Critter Compiler' in Pritchard H; Snodgrass E; Tyzlik-Carver M DATA BROWSER 06: Executing Practices London Open Humanities Press 237-237
Gabrys J & Pritchard H 2018 'Sensing practices' in Braidotti R; Hlavajova M Posthuman Glossary Bloomsbury
Gabrys J, Pritchard H, Calvillo N, Shapiro N & Keene T 2016 '28 Case Study: Becoming Civic—Fracking, Air Pollution, and Environmental Sensing Technologies' in Gordon E; Mihailidis P Civic Media: Technology, Design, Practice MIT Press 435-435
Prophet J & Pritchard H 2016 'UBIQUITOUS–ALIFE IN TECHNOSPHERE 2.0 The Design, Individuation, and Entanglement of Ubicomp Apps in Urban South East Asia' Routledge
Pritchard HV 2012 'The Ingredients of Social Exchange' in Jones B; Bitton J; Gaye L Newcastle Culture Lab/lulu.com
Pritchard H & Crean M 2012 'The Recipe Exchange' in Steedman M; Kester GH Gallery as community: Art, education, politics London Whitechapel Gallery
Conference Papers

Pritchard, H., Snodgrass, E., Morrison, R. R., Britton, L., & Moll, J. (2020). Burn, dream and reboot!. In Proceedings of the 2020 Conference on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency. ACM. doi:10.1145/3351095.3375697

Prophet J & Pritchard H 2021 'SE Asian Ubicomp and ALife: Roaming and homing with TechnoSphere 2.0 computational companions' SIGCHI2015 ACM
Pritchard H, Snodgrass E, Morrison RR, Britton L & Moll J 2020 'Burn, dream and reboot! Speculating backwards for the missing archive on non-coercive computing' FAT* '20: Conference on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency ACM , DOI
Gabrys J & Pritchard H 2017 'Just Good Enough Data and Citizen Sensing' European Citizen Science Association (ECSA)
Gabrys J & Pritchard H 2015 'Next-Generation environmental sensing: Moving beyond regulatory benchmarks for citizen-gathered data' Goldsmiths, University of London
Pritchard H 2014 'Bio-computational touch–Troubling at trans practices'
Pritchard H, Keene T & Gabrys J 2014 'From Cloud to Cupboard: Speculative Computing and Cloud-Making in the Citizen Sense Project'
Pritchard H 2014 'Trace Fossil Fobu-1379' in Greenhough B; Lorimer J; Yusoff K Future Fossils Exhibition Society and Space Publisher Site
Devereaux E & Pritchard H 2013 'Transgenic swimming pools: testing bodies in art and science experimentation'
Pritchard H 2012 'When an animal enters into things: Reconceptualizing the collective in environmental data practice' transmediale research workshop, aarhus university
Reports
Göbel C, Agnello G, Baïz I, Berditchevskaia A, Evers L, García D, Pritchard H, Luna S, Ramanauskaite EM & Serrano F 2017 European Stakeholder round table on citizen and diy science and responsible research and innovation. European Citizen Science Association
Designs
Urban Sensing.
Exhibitions
’Performance Market at The Pigs of Today are the Hams of Tomorrow’.
If I Wrote you a Love Letter Would You Write Back? and thousands of other questions.
Jsut Code Archive.
Spirit Rally 3.
The Likes of Brother Cream Cat.
The Recipe Exchange.
The Recipe Exchange,• Spacex OffSite Programme.
Thousands of other questions.
Other Publications
Jsut code.