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Helen Pritchard

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PositionResearcher
Department Sociology
Email h.pritchard (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7919 7372
Helen Pritchard

Helen Pritchard is a Researcher on the European Research Council Project, led by Jennifer Gabrys - Citizen Sensing and Environmental Practice.

As an artist and researcher, Helen's interdisciplinary work brings together the fields of Computational Aesthetics, Software Studies, Environmental Practice, Feminist TechnoScience and New Feminist Materialisms. Helen's practice is both one of writing and production and these two modes mutually inform each other in order to consider the impact of computational regimes.

Central to Helen's work is the consideration of the material practices of humans and more-than-humans, co-research, participation and the performativity of code in computational ecologies. Helen's projects often explore playful practices of computation and queering data through collaborative events and collective activities.

Helen is a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography, Queen Mary University of London, funded by EPSRC Digital Economy programme RCUK grant and recently undertook a research fellowship at School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong.

Helen's PhD on “Animal Hackers” considers the entanglement of more-than-humans with ubiquitous computing. In Helen's dissertation, she uses specific fieldwork from embedded arts-based research to focus on animals monitored by remote cameras in a virtual environmental observatory, participatory urban sensing by a internet famous cat and the use of Transgenic Fish to monitor water quality. The research develops a set of practices as a manifesto for ‘More-than-human’ computing through examining the material practices of ‘Earth Observations’, that are enabled by network technologies, cloud computing and sensors.

Research Interests

Feminist TechnoScience, Computational Aesthetics, STS, Creative Methods, DIY, Data Practices, Ethical Hacking, Feminist New Materialisms, More-than-humans, Animals, Ubiquitous Computing, Citizen Sensing, Art Practice

Helen's research explores 'post-natural computation' and the provocation of 'more-than-humans' writers in the folds of computation and collective becoming.  Through diffractively reading work of Donna Haraway, Karen Barad, Vicki Kirby,  Wendy Chun, Jennifer Gabrys, Kathryn Yusoff and undertaking practice-based research. The research foregrounds more-than-human forces in particular computational ecologies including nonhuman animals, plants, watercourses, earth energies as well as hardware and software.   

Publications

Book Section

Afterword: Reverse Executions in the Internet of Things
Gabrys, Jennifer. 2017. Afterword: Reverse Executions in the Internet of Things. In: Helen Pritchard; Eric Snodgrass and Magda Tyzlik-Carver, eds. Executing Practices. Brooklyn: Autonomedia. ISBN 9781570273216

Sensing Practices
Gabrys, Jennifer and Pritchard, Helen. 2016. Sensing Practices. In: Rosi Braidotti and Maria Hlavajova, eds. Posthuman Glossary. London: Bloomsbury.

UBIQUITOUS–ALIFE IN TECHNOSPHERE 2.0 The Design, Individuation, and Entanglement of Ubicomp Apps in Urban South East Asia
Prophet, Jane and Pritchard, Helen. 2016. UBIQUITOUS–ALIFE IN TECHNOSPHERE 2.0 The Design, Individuation, and Entanglement of Ubicomp Apps in Urban South East Asia. In: Ulrik Ekman; Jay David Bolter; Lily Díaz; Morten Søndergaard and Maria Engberg, eds. Ubiquitous Computing, Complexity and Culture. New York and London: Routledge, pp. 256-268. ISBN 978-0415743822

Becoming Civic: Fracking, Air Pollution and Environmental Sensing Technologies
Gabrys, Jennifer; Pritchard, Helen; Calvillo, Nerea; Keene, Tom and Shapiro, Nick. 2016. Becoming Civic: Fracking, Air Pollution and Environmental Sensing Technologies. In: Eric Gordon and Paul Mihailidis, eds. Civic Media: Technology, Design, Practice. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, pp. 435-440. ISBN 0262034271

'Thinking with the Animal Hacker, articulation in ecologies of earth observation
Pritchard, Helen. 2013. 'Thinking with the Animal Hacker, articulation in ecologies of earth observation. In: C Anderson and G Cox, eds. A Peer Reviewed Journal about Back When Pluto Was a Planet, The Reinvention of Research as Participatory Practice. Berlin/ Aarhus: transmediale/darc, aarhus university.

The Recipe Exchange
Pritchard, Helen. 2012. The Recipe Exchange. In: Marijke Steedman, ed. Gallery as Community: Art, Education, Politics. London: Whitechapel Gallery. ISBN 978-0854881956

The Ingredients of Social Exchange
Pritchard, Helen. 2008. The Ingredients of Social Exchange. In: Joëlle Bitton; Andreia Cavaco; Lalya Gaye and Ben Jones, eds. United We Act. A Scoping Study And A Symposium On Connected Communities. lulu.com. ISBN 978-1470987343

Article

Just Good Enough Data: Figuring Data Citizenships through Air Pollution Sensing and Data Stories
Gabrys, Jennifer; Pritchard, Helen and Barratt, Benjamin. 2016. Just Good Enough Data: Figuring Data Citizenships through Air Pollution Sensing and Data Stories. Big Data & Society, 3(2), pp. 1-14. ISSN 2053-9517

From Citizen Sensing to Collective Monitoring: Working through the Perceptive and Affective Problematics of Environmental Pollution
Pritchard, Helen and Gabrys, Jennifer. 2016. From Citizen Sensing to Collective Monitoring: Working through the Perceptive and Affective Problematics of Environmental Pollution. Geohumanities, ISSN 2373-566X

Performative Apparatus and Diffractive Practices: An Account of Artificial Life Art
Prophet, Jane and Pritchard, Helen. 2015. Performative Apparatus and Diffractive Practices: An Account of Artificial Life Art. Artificial Life, 21(3), pp. 332-343. ISSN 1064-5462

Diffractive Art Practices: Computation and the Messy Entanglements between Mainstream Contemporary Art, and New Media Art
Prophet, Jane and Pritchard, Helen. 2015. Diffractive Art Practices: Computation and the Messy Entanglements between Mainstream Contemporary Art, and New Media Art. artnodes, 15,

Performativity of 'Jsut Code'
Pritchard, Helen and Soon, Winnie. 2013. Performativity of 'Jsut Code'. Leonardo Electronic Almanac,

Conference or Workshop Item

Just Good Enough Data and Environmental Sensing: Moving Beyond Regulatory Benchmarks toward Citizen Action
Gabrys, Jennifer and Pritchard, Helen. 2016. 'Just Good Enough Data and Environmental Sensing: Moving Beyond Regulatory Benchmarks toward Citizen Action'. In: Environmental Infrastructures and Platforms 2015 - Infrastructures and Platforms for Environmental Crowd Sensing and Big Data Proceedings of the Workshop. Barcelona, Spain October 28-30 October, 2015.

SE Asian Ubicomp and ALife: Roaming and Homing with TechnoSphere 2.0 Computational Companions
Prophet, Jane and Pritchard, Helen. 2015. 'SE Asian Ubicomp and ALife: Roaming and Homing with TechnoSphere 2.0 Computational Companions'. In: Association for Computing Machinery’s (ACM) CHI conference. Seoul, Korea, Republic of.

Next-Generation Environmental Sensing: Moving Beyond Regulatory Benchmarks for Citizen-Gathered Data
Gabrys, Jennifer and Pritchard, Helen. 2015. 'Next-Generation Environmental Sensing: Moving Beyond Regulatory Benchmarks for Citizen-Gathered Data'. In: Environmental Infrastructures and Platforms 2015 - Infrastructures and Platforms for Environmental Crowd Sensing and Big Data. Barcelona, Spain 28 - 30 Oct. 2015.

Panel 1: Media Art, Mediation and Contemporary Art with Brogan Bunt (University of Wollongong), Chris Salter (Concordia University), Helen Pritchard and Jane Prophet (City Arts University, Hong Kong).
Jefferies, Janis K.; Bunt, Brogan; Salter, Chris; Pritchard, Helen and Prophet, Jane. 2013. 'Panel 1: Media Art, Mediation and Contemporary Art with Brogan Bunt (University of Wollongong), Chris Salter (Concordia University), Helen Pritchard and Jane Prophet (City Arts University, Hong Kong).'. In: ISEA Sydney. Sydney, Australia.

When an animal enters into things: Reconceptualizing the collective in environmental data practice
Pritchard, Helen. 2012. 'When an animal enters into things: Reconceptualizing the collective in environmental data practice'. In: Back When Pluto Was a Planet, The Reinvention of Research as Participatory Practice Workshop & Publication. UNDEFINED.

‘If I Wrote you a Love Letter Would You Write Back? and thousands of other questions’
Pritchard, Helen and Soon, Winnie. 2010. '‘If I Wrote you a Love Letter Would You Write Back? and thousands of other questions’'. In: ENIGMA exhibition based on Alan Turing, Microwave International Media Festival 2012. Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

Composition

Spirit Rally 3
Pritchard, Helen. 2010. Spirit Rally 3.

Digital

'Jsut Code
Pritchard, Helen and Soon, Winnie. 2012. 'Jsut Code.

'Jsut Code'
Pritchard, Helen and Soon, Winnie. 2012. 'Jsut Code'.

Project

The Likes of Brother Cream Cat
Pritchard, Helen and Soon, Winnie. 2015. The Likes of Brother Cream Cat.

'Performance Market at The Pigs of Today are the Hams of Tomorrow'
Pritchard, Helen and Abramovic, Marina. 2010. 'Performance Market at The Pigs of Today are the Hams of Tomorrow'.

Report

The Recipe Exchange, • Spacex Off¬Site Programme
Pritchard, Helen. 2010. The Recipe Exchange, • Spacex Off¬Site Programme. Other. UNSPECIFIED.

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