Jody Zellen


Jody Zellen is a Los Angeles based artist who works in many media simultaneously making interactive installations, net art, drawings, photographs, public art, as well as artists' books that explore the urban environment and its representation. She employs media-generated representations as raw material for aesthetic and social investigations. Recent interactive installations include "The Unemployed" a data visualization at Disseny Hub Museum (Barcelona, 2011), "The Blackest Spot," (Fringe Exhibitions, Los Angles, 2008), "Trigger" (Pace University, New York, 2005) and "Disembodied Voices" (Los Angles, 2004). Her net art projects include "Spine Sonnet," 2011 (commissioned by LACMA), "Lines of Life," ( 2010 (commissioned by, "Without A Trace,"

( 2009 (commissioned by Other net art projects include "Ghost City" ( begun in 1997, an ever changing poetic meditation on the urban environment,,, and  In 2011 she was awarded a Center for Cultural Innovation Artistic Innovation Grant and a Fellowship from the City of Santa Monica to create an artwork for the iPhone which is now available for free in the App Store.

You can learn more about her work at

“Spine Sonnet” (the app) is an automatic poem generator in the tradition of found poetry that randomly composes 14 line sonnets derived from an archive of over 2500 art and architectural theory and criticism book titles.

“Spine Sonnet” (the website) combines images of scanned book spines into stacks of 14 titles. Each time you refresh the browser you get a new combination.

“Spine Sonnet” (app),

by Jody Zellen

“Spine Sonnet” (website),

by Jody Zellen