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Jenny Marketou
Date and place of birth
b. 1954, Athens, Greece
Current location
New York, NY
Year(s) of residency and/or fellowship
2003, Project Resident

Jenny Marketou is a multidisciplinary artist, lecturer, and author noted for her interventions and technology-based projects.

Marketou’s format spans performance, video, photography, interventions, and internet projects. Her topics include the body and identity, public space, surveillance, and hacktivism.

Marketou defines “hacktivism” as “reconstructing a tool to understand its workings and to reconstruct it in a personal, creative way.”

In 1998, Marketou attended a three-month artist residency at Banff, where she met various artists associated with the net art movement. These meetings have influenced her work since that date. Streaming Raw includes video streamed in “real-time” from two spy cameras in the Twin Towers prior to their destruction.

In 2002, she participated in curating the show, “Open_Source_Art_Hack,” at the New Museum.

Marketou developed an interactive “smell map” that participants could create at the University of Pennsylvania’s Science Center’s show, “Odor Limits” in 2008. The map was called Smell It: A Do-It-Yourself Smell Map (2008) and it recorded the “shifting of the neighborhood’s smellscape from one day to the next.”

She attended the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C., where she studied sculpture and photography for her BFA and earned her MFA at the Pratt Institute.

Marketou has taught at the Cooper Union School of Art, The New School for Social Research, and CalArts.

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