Jennifer Gradecki is an artist and theorist who aims to facilitate a practice-based understanding of socio-technical systems that typically evade public scrutiny. Using methods from institutional critique, tactical media, and information activism, she investigates information as a source of power and resistance. Her work has focused on Institutional Review Boards, social science techniques, financial instruments and, most recently, intelligence agencies and technologies of mass surveillance.
Gradecki is a PhD Candidate at SUNY Buffalo in the Department of Visual Studies. Her dissertation analyzes the practices of intelligence analysts, including the ontological and epistemological assumptions inherent in metaphors and conceptions of data and information. Gradecki earned an MFA in New Genres from UCLA’s Department of Art in 2010, and a BFA in Sculpture, with a second major in Experimental Psychology, and a minor in Art History, from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2007. She has published in Leonardo andBig Data & Society and has participated in numerous international exhibitions and conferences, including Ars Electronica (Linz), New Media Gallery (Zadar), AC Institute (New York), The New Gallery (Calgary), Critical Media Lab (Kitchener), Critical Finance Studies (Amsterdam), ISEA (Vancouver), and Radical/Networks (Brooklyn). Her work has been commissioned by Science Gallery Dublin and funded by the Puffin Foundation.