Amber Frid-Jimenez

Amber Frid-Jimenez is a designer who uses emerging technologies to confront issues ranging from politics and surveillance to representations of women in media. Her recent work takes the form of interactive video installations, gestural interfaces, performance-based participation from large-scale online audiences, and digital prints. Frid-Jimenez is an associate professor at the National Academy of the Arts in Bergen, Norway, a design researcher at the Jan van Eyck Academie in the Netherlands, and an affiliate artist at the MIT Program for Art, Culture and Technology (MIT ACT), where she collaborates with conceptual artist Lucy Orta and Mel Chin.

Frid-Jimenez has co-directed symposia with Ute Meta Bauer at the MIT ACT exploring the intersection of contemporary art practice, urbanism, and technology, while teaching design studios in the program. She served as the principal investigator of the Embodied Computation Studio at the Rhode Island School of Design, where she was invited by her mentor John Maeda to lead students in an exploration of body language as a computational medium. She has also taught studio courses at Brown University.

She has presented her work internationally at institutions including Maison Européenne de la Photographie (Paris, France), A Foundation (Liverpool, UK), Banff New Media Institute (Alberta, Canada), Cornell University, Harvard University, Smithsonian Institution, Time Warner, Toshiba Research & Development Lab (Tokyo), American Institute of Graphic Arts, and at independent venues such as Art Interactive (Cambridge, MA), Upgrade! International (online), and DFN Gallery (New York). Frid-Jimenez was the 2008 Rockefeller Foundation New Media Fellow Nominee, and the 2006–7 Steven R. Holtzman Fellow for Digital Expression at the MIT Media Lab.

Frid-Jimenez holds a Master of Arts and Science from the MIT Media Laboratory, where she studied in the Physical Language Workshop. Prior to her degree, she designed information visualization systems for the MIT Cognitive Machines Group and was an award-winning book designer for the Smithsonian Institution Press in Washington DC.