Jeff Knowlton


Jeff Knowlton has been commissioned by the curators to create a work of geo-locative electronic literature for the Hazel Ruby McQuain Amphitheatre. This work will remain at the site after the media art show and given as a gift to the city by the Electronic Literature Organization to promote civic engagement in the arts. 

Jeff Knowlton is a pioneer in locative media, a conceptual artist and a recovering photographer. In 2002, Knowlton and collaborators Jeremy Hight, and Naomi Spellman, exhibited “34 North 118 West,” the first location aware narrative.

“34 North 118 West” is an experimental art work operating on a TabletPC utilizing digital media, computation and GPS to deliver an interactive narrative experience across a one half square mile area in downtown Los Angeles near Sci-Arc, the Southern California Institute of Architecture.

In spring 2004 Jeff Knowlton and Naomi Spellman presented another locative media work, InterUrban at FutureSonic <04> in Manchester UK. During that summer Knowlton and Spellman began work on “The Interpretive Engine for Various Places on Earth” as Artist in Residence at the Media Center in Huddersfield, U.K. “The Interpretive Engine” premiered at the Fresno Metropolitan Museum of Art and Science in 2006. During the summer of 2008, Knowlton was a researcher at Kitchen Budapest, the Hungarian innovation lab.

Jeff Knowlton has worked on large scale projects for clients such as Mattel, Union Bank of California and The Centre for Global Dialogue in Reuschlikon Switzerland. As head preparitor at the Orlando Museum of Art, he spent 5 years working closely with curators in both exhibitions and education.

Knowlton participates in panels and lectures on interactive media and technology in the US and abroad. He is a recipient of a New Forms Initiative Grant funded by the NEA and the Rockefeller Foundation and has taught at UC San Diego in the Interdisciplinary Computing Arts Program and UC Irvine.

1999 MFA, CalArts, Program in Art & Critical Studies
1995 BFA, CalArts, Program in Art

You can learn more about his work at

“34 North 118 West,”

by Jeff Knowlton