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Jen Stein

University of the West of England

Jen Stein is Watershed Professor of Design Futures, speculating about the near future implications of emerging technologies on people, places, and things.

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Layered Realities

Watershed and the Smart Internet Lab at the University of Bristol explored the potential of 5G through a series of experimental events - asking artists, researchers and creatives to produce bold new works in public space.
Artwork featuring a woman doing a VR experience

Bristol VR Lab

Bristol VR Lab is a new space for research, development, product design, teaching, company incubation and investment within Virtual and Augmented Reality that will open in central Bristol.

Jen Stein is a design researcher examining the implications of emerging technologies on everyday life by designing for and speculating about the near future. Her research and design work explores how increasingly computationally- embedded spaces can be creatively used towards more enchanted experiences of space and place. Jen is currently Watershed Professor of Design Futures at the University of the West of England, a member of the Digital Cultures Research Centre and a Resident at the Pervasive Media Studio.

Before joining UWE and the Watershed, Jen was Research Faculty in Media Arts + Practice and the Mobile and Co-Director of the Mobile and Environmental Media Lab at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. She has worked on interactive design projects for BMW, Intel, and the 2011 Shenzhen and Hong Kong Architectural and Urban Design Biennale.  Jen completed her PhD in Media Arts and Practice at the School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California, where she focused her research and design practice on Interactive Architecture experiences, and holds an MA in Media and Communication from Goldsmiths College, University of London.