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Adriene Jenik

Adriene Jenik

Professor, School of Art, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts


School of Art
Arizona State University
PO Box 871505
Tempe, AZ 85287-1505


  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation
  • Professor, School of Art, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
  • Katherine K Herberger Endowed Chair in Fine Arts, School of Art, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
  • Affiliate Faculty, School for the Future of Innovation in Society


Adriene Jenik began at the Arizona State University Herberger Institute School of Art on July 1, 2009 as its director. She is a telecommunications media artist who has been working for over 20 years as a teacher, curator, administrator, and engineer. Her works combine "high" technology and human desire to propose new forms of literature, cinema, and performance. She received her BA in English from Douglass College, Rutgers University and her MFA in Electronic Arts from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She has taught a broad range of electronic media classes at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), University of California-Irvine, University of Southern California (USC), and University of California-Los Angeles' New Media Lab and finally at University of Califoria-San Diego (UCSD) where she was a full-time research faculty member in the Visual Arts Department for 11 years. Prior to joining the UCSD faculty, Jenik was employed as an engineer in the Blast Jr. development team for Disney Online's Daily Blast.

Throughout the years, Jenik has consistently moved among and between media. This insistence on expressing herself and her ideas on many levels (musical composition and performance, math/logic/programming, poetry, drawing/painting, videography) finds a well-suited home in her computer-based interactive projects. "MAUVE DESERT:A CD-ROM Translation" is Jenik's internationally acclaimed interactive road movie based on the novel Le Désert mauve by French Canadian author Nicole Brossard. Jenik wrote, directed, produced, edited, designed, programmed and published the disc. "MAUVE DESERT" has been screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, Festival International Nouveau Cinéma Nouveaux Médias, the Virginia Film Festival, 2nd Annual Digital Storytelling Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival, Centro Nacionál de las Artes and many other venues. The work is considered a landmark piece of interactive narrative and continues to be included in international writing, exhibitions and curricula addressing new media and literary forms.

In addition to her artistic practice, Jenik is the founder and facilitator of the Smokey Johnson Memorial Center for Research and Development. Since 1997, the Center has supported the creative efforts of artists, musicians, writers and performers through an informal program of residencies in the Mojave Desert. For more information see

Jenik's work has been reviewed and discussed in The New York Times, Parachute, The Independent, Jumpcut, The Village Voice, Afterimage, Art Papers, Artlink, Modern Fiction, and Salon Magazine. In addition, her creative writing and essays have been published in The Drama Review, High Performance, Felix, The L.A. Weekly, Off Video, Heresies, and The Utne Reader. Her awards include a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship in New Media, and commissions from Franklin Furnace Archives Future of the Present internet performance series, San Jose Zero One Festival, and UCLA Performance Studies.


  • MFA, Electronic Arts, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1996
  • BA, English (magna cum laude, highest honors in English), Rutgers University, 1986


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Journal Articles


Janssen, M. A., A. Jenik, S. Z. Tekola, K. L. Davis, S. A. Flores, W. Gibbs, M. Koehn, V. Lyons, C. Mallory, S. Rood, S. Guelpa and L. Pfister. 2018. Drylab 2023: Living a possible future with resource scarcity. Ecology and Society 23(4):. DOI: 10.5751/ES-10299-230408. (link )