Curriculum vitae of Tom Jennings
Born: Boston Massachusetts, 1955.
Lives and works in Los Angeles, California.
Master of Fine Arts, concentration in Arts Computation Engineering
graduate program, University of California, Irvine, 2009.
Lawrence High School, Falmouth Mass., 1973.
Faculty, Program for Arts and Technology, School of Art, California
Institute of the Arts, Valencia California, 2010-present.
Program technician, Arts Computation Engineering program, University
of California, Irvine, 2003-present.
Computer programmer, domain-name registration system for African
continent, University of Oregon, 2002-2003.
Computer programmer, public software distribution system, Public
Software Foundation, pubsoft.org, 2002-2003.
Senior Network Operations Manager, Keen.com Inc., San Francisco CA,
Vice President of Engineering, Best Internet Communications, Inc.,
Mountain View CA, 1996.
President, chief engineer, TLGnet, Inc., regional internet service provider,
San Francisco CA, 1995-1996.
(Employment 1973 to 1996 omitted for brevity;
available on website worldpowersystems.com or upon request.)
SOLO EXHIBITIONS AND INSTALLATIONS
Story Teller, inaugural show at Machine Project, Los Angeles, 2003.
Obsolete Forgeries, Access Tucson lobby, Tucson AZ, 2000.
Accompanied three-part cable TV show; see Performances.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
The Reanimation Library show, GRIDSPACE, Brooklyn NY, March 2010.
Future Imaginary, Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis School of Art and Design,
group show, March 2009. (URL)
Object Lessons, Gigantic Art Space, New York, March/May 2006. (URL)
Building the Unthinkable, apex art, New York, September/October
listed as "World Power Systems" not Tom Jennings.
Story Teller, Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque NM, August 2003.
Installation of Encapsulated Landscapes, Model 47 Trinity Diorama
plus historic materials, Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe NM,
Model 71 Measuring Device, 49th Venice Biennale, Temporary
Autonomous Pavillion (Slovenian Pavillion), Venice Italy, 2001.
Model 47, Trinity Diorama, other objects, The Cuban Missile Crisis:
When the Cold War Got Hot, Florida International Museum, St.
Petersberg FL, 2000-2001.
Story Teller, OUTWEST, Plan B Revolving Arts, Santa Fe, NM, 1999.
Encapsulated Landscapes, Arizona Biennial, Tucson AZ, 1999.
Model 23 Trinitite Box, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson AZ, 1999.
Model 71 Measuring Device, IGNITION, Museum of Contemporary Art,
Tucson AZ, 1998.
WRITTEN BY THE ARTIST
wabi tek sabi, an essay on
material philosophy, 2011.
Rocks and Code,
thesis for my 2009 MFA from University of California, Irvine, a
narrative involving Cold War technology, landscape, random numbers,
the history of computing, and the history of math tables, wrapped
around the result of a road trip.
History of Character Codes, a
history of abstract representation of alphabetic information within
Electron Tube Database,
exhaustive cross-referenced technical reference data on 2500
electron tubes, 1999.
The Charactron Display, a
brief history of an artistic mis-use of an information-processing
device from the late 1950's, 1998.
Nixie Indicators and
Decimal Counting Tubes, a brief history of an early information
display device and related technologies, 1998.
queer/punk 'zine, self-published semi-periodical, 2000+ circulation,
San Francisco CA, 1988-1991.
Editor in chief, FidoNews,
the weekly newsletter of the FidoNet network, 100,000 circulation,
- TEACHING, LECTURES, PERFORMANCES
- Graduate courses cowritten and cotaught with Professor Simon Penny,
Arts Computation Engineering concentration (Master of Fine Arts program
at University of California, Irvine.)
2006 Hardware Intelligence (cotaught with Simon Penny)
2007 Microcontrollers (cotaught with Simon Penny)
2008 Microcontrollers (cotaught with Simon Penny)
2009 Microcontrollers (cotaught with Simon Penny)
2010 Microcontrollers (cotaught with Simon Penny)
Early Computing, public lecture at Machine Project Gallery, 2004.
Basic Electronics for Artists, intensive crash course in practical
electronics, presented through Los Angeles Art and Technology
Hackers Club, at c-level, 5 June - 6 July 2003.
Electronics for Artists, guest lecturer, Electronic Technologies for
Art 147B course, University of California San Diego, 2003.
History of Computing, guest lecturer, VA40/ICAM40 Introduction to
Computing in the Arts course, University of California San Diego,
FidoNet, guest lecturer, Media Theory course, California Institute
for the Arts (CalArts), 2002.
Computer Bulletin Board culture, guest lecturer, Media Theory
course, California Institute for the Arts (CalArts), 2002.
Obsolete Forgeries, three-part cable TV series, Tucson AZ; 2000.
HONORS AND AWARDS
EFF Pioneer of the Electronic Frontier award recipient, by the
Electronic Frontier Foundation, 1992. (URL)
Inductee, Shareware Industry Conference Hall of Fame, for
Fido/FidoNet, 1997. (URL)
Andrew Fluegelman Award recipient, first award issued, for
significant contribution to the software community (and to date, the
only non-commercial recipient), by Software Publishers Association,
for Fido/FidoNet, 1987 ((URL) but
SPA has "repurposed" itself and old information no longer
Dvorak/Zoom Telecommunications Award, recipient, 1992. (Granting
organization has disappeared. (URL))
Dead Media Project, moderator, database and brief submissions on
dead media, http://www.deadmedia.org, 1999-present.
First draft of a report on EDVAC, first copy of this famous paper on
the internet, http://worldpowersystems.com/texts/EDVAC, 2001.
Propane (LPG) powered antique car, art and fuel/emissions research
project, 1989-present, see http://worldpowersystems.com/LPG
The S.C.U.M. Manifesto by Valerie Solanas, first transcription and
web publication, 1995.
666 Illinois, experimental performance-oriented
organization/household, San Francisco, 1990-1993.
164 Shipley, experimental performance-oriented
organization/household, San Francisco, 1986-1990.
ARTICLES AND REVIEWS
Santa Fe Reporter newspaper, detailed review of Story Teller in
OUTWEST show, Santa Fe NM, 1999.
Tucson Weekly newspaper, show review, Tucson AZ, 1998.
The Catalyst, Arizona Daily Wildcat newspaper, show review, Tucson
The Internet Civil Revolution in the United States, by Aki Okabe
Happy Mutant Handbook, by Mark Frauenfelder, Carla Sinclair, Gareth
Branwyn, Will Kreth (Riverhead Books), interview, 1995.
WIRED magazine issue 4.04, interview, 1995.
Communications without fetters (FidoNet), Network World magazine,
interview, 29 Aug 1994.
Fringeware Review 1/19, magazine, interview, Austin TX, 1994.
Threat By Example, by Martin Sprouse, essay, San Francisco CA, 1990.
BOARDWATCH magazine, frequent interviews and mentions due to
Art and Technology Hackers Club, member and contributor, Los Angeles
Asilomar Microcomputer Conference invitee/participant, 2002 -
FCC Amateur Extra Class radio license holder, KF6QFI, 1998-present.
Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility (CPSR),
participant, San Francisco, 1992-1993.
Shred of Dignity Skaters' Union, political and social engineering,
organizing and instant street macro-theater, San Francisco CA,
Hackers Conference, one of the original invitees, various California
SUMMARY OF TECHNICAL SKILLS
Computer/software: decades of experience in C and its offshoots,
plus perl, java, html, css, many variants, languages alive and dead
back to FORTRAN4 and ALGOL58. Deep knowledge of the history and
development of programming languages and compilers to the late
1950's. Assembly languages for countless machines, present and
mostly past. Many *nix variants since 386/BSD (1992), DOS, MacOS,
OSX. Machine architectures back to the dawn of time (1948). DOS
since 1-1-1980, MacOS since version 5, all OSX.
Computer/application: image manipulation (photoshop, gimp,
illustrator and the like), limited video experience (Final Cut Pro,
iMovie, Premiere Elements); fair audio experience (Audacity, Reason,
digital audio workstation (Native Instruments Maschine)
sequencer/composer; software sound synthesis. Creative use of
spreadsheets back to Visicalc, up to Excel/Open Office. Most mundane
data and apps on Windows and OS X.
Computer/hardware skills: Digital design and computer archictecture,
fundamental machine hardware facilities; buss design, interrupt
architecture, von Neuman vs. Harvard, register vs. memory, RISC,
CISC, others. Component level design debug and repair across four
generations of hardware.
Computer/networking: Pioneering practices in dialup networking
beginning in the 1980's, internetworking from early 1990's.
Knowledge of inter-computer communication historically and
Computer/microcontroller/embedded: decades of experience with
embedded design since 1980's, applications, design, software,
fabrication, installation, countless architectures and software
systems. Including of course PIC and Arduino and variants, including
peripheral component/sensor design. Embedded reliability experience.
Computer history: languages, hardware, mathematics, applications,
cultures, histories; Britain, U.S., smattering of USSR, Japan,
France. History of languages including compiler design and
philosophy. History of computational components, memory and storage
technologies, theory and physics of magnetic storage. Pre-computer
machinery, analog computation/modelling.
Electronics/analog: decades of engineering-level experience in
design, component selection, printed-circuit layout. Substantial
mastery of electronic (and other) debugging, troubleshooting and
problem-solving. Audio to radio frequency (radio amateur Extra
license KF6QFI (highest level attainable) to power tranmission to
transmission lines. Some vacuum tube experience.
Electronics/digital: decades of engineering-level experience in
design, component families (MOS, CMOS, TTL, etc) including
application and history. Substantial and deep troubleshooting,
debugging, problem-solving skills.
Shop experience: basic machine shop (mill, lathe, drill press, etc)
correct usage of precision measurement instruments
(micrometer, caliper, etc). Most hand tools. Tolerable amateur
welder. Experience with steel, iron, aluminum, some exotic alloys,
plastics, fiberglas, organics (micarta, phenolic, bakelite).
Automotive: Engine design, assembly, modification, research and
customization; where not directly applicable these involve very
complex and demanding knowledge of tools, shop practices, extreme
precision, documentation, materials and chemistry; mathematics,
electronics and software. For what it's worth, I'm the foremost
expert on the Nash/Rambler 195.6 cubic inch OHV engine.
Random: radiation spectroscopy including radiation physics, calculus
and peak-fitting software and techniques, mathematical signal
processing, pulse techniques, high voltage and energy detector
technology. DJing psychedelic trance music.