Jonathan Harris

Jonathan Harris


Combining elements of computer science, anthropology, visual art and storytelling, Jonathan Harris designs systems to explore and explain the human world.

He has made projects about human emotion, human desire, modern mythology, science, news, anonymity, and language, and documented an Alaskan Eskimo whale hunt. He was commissioned by Yahoo! to build the world's largest time capsule, and by MoMA to build an interactive installation about online dating.

He studied computer science at Princeton University, and was awarded a 2004 Fabrica fellowship. The winner of three Webby Awards, his work has also been recognized by AIGA, Ars Electronica, Print, ID Magazine, and the State of Vermont, has been featured by CNN, BBC, NPR, Reuters, Metropolis, The New York Times, USA Today, and Wired, and has been exhibited at Le Centre Pompidou (Paris), and MoMA (New York).

He has given lectures all over the world, including at Google, Princeton and Stanford Universities, the TED Conference, and on Bhutanese television. Born in lovely Vermont, he lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.


The Art Of Surveillance And Self-Exposure

An exploration of artworks, concepts and techniques that use benign espionage to unearth honesty, candor, and beauty in the everyday lives of normal people, thereby crafting portraits of humans through secret analysis of their footsteps.