Jonathan Harris (b. August 27, 1979) is an artist and computer scientist whose work explores the relationship between humans and technology.
His projects include We Feel Fine, a search engine for human emotions; I Want You To Want Me, an installation about online dating; Cowbird, a public library of human experience; 10 x 10, a system for encapsulating moments in time; The Whale Hunt, a series of photographs timed to match his heartbeat; and I Love Your Work, an interactive film about the daily lives of sex workers.
He studied computer science and photography at Princeton University, with Brian Kernighan and Emmet Gowin, respectively. He won a 2005 Fabrica fellowship and three Webby Awards, and his work has also been recognized by Ars Electronica, AIGA, and the state of Vermont, for which he co-designed the state quarter. Print Magazine named him a “2008 New Visual Artist,” the World Economic Forum named him a “2009 Young Global Leader,” and TIME Magazine named his project, Cowbird, one of the “50 Best Websites of 2012.”
His work has been exhibited all over the world, including at MoMA (New York), Le Centre Pompidou (Paris), the Victoria and Albert Museum (London), the Central Academy of Fine Arts (Beijing), the Museum of Fine Arts (Houston), and the Pace Gallery (New York).
He has lectured about his work at the TED Conference, MoMA, Google, The New York Times, The World Economic Forum, the Sundance Film Festival, Princeton, Stanford, Columbia, and Yale Universities, and The Rhode Island School of Design.
For 440 days beginning on his 30th birthday, he documented his life with one photo a day.
Born in northern Vermont, he currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.
- Jonathan Harris · with Debbie Millman for Design Matters
- Discussion with Jonathan Harris · with Andy Cameron
- Jonathan Harris on We Feel Fine · To The Best of Our Knowledge
- Hatching a New Way To Tell Stories · To The Best of Our Knowledge
- Telling Stories Using Data · with Liz Danzico for Adobe
- The Never-Ending Story · with Kristina Loring for Design Mind
- Getting Human Feelings on the Web · Reuters
- Documenting the Lives of Lesbian Porn Stars · The Village Voice
- Rethinking Social Networking · Big Think
- This Modern Life · Nylon Guys
A few different press photos are available.
Please read the FAQ’s first.
227 Degraw Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231
These videos provide a good introduction to my work:
Why 27?Many reasons!
Do you give talks and/or workshops?Yes, please see the talks page.
Do you accept commissions for new projects?Sometimes, if the fit feels right — please email me to inquire.
Is your work for sale?Installation versions of some projects are available in small editions — please email me to inquire.
Can I hire you to design a website for my company?No, sorry.
Do you offer jobs or internships?Sorry, not at the moment.
Can I interview you for a school project?Unfortunately I don’t have time to help out with student projects — good luck anyway!
Do your projects have APIs?
Can I download the Wordcount data?Yes, it’s here.
What’s a good way to start coding?I recommend Processing because of its supportive community.
What tools do you use?
Can you photograph my wedding?No, but you should hire my sister!
Who are some artists and thinkers you admire?Memo Akten, Tadao Ando, Joseph Campbell, Raymond Carver, Bob Dylan, Godspeed You Black Emperor, Michael Heizer, Werner Herzog, Yoshida Hiroshi, Utagawa Hiroshige, Jenny Holzer, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Donald Judd, Tibor Kalman, Stanley Kubrick, Ryoichi Kurokawa, Ervin László, Frank Lloyd Wright, Terrence Malick, Terrence McKenna, Hayao Miyazaki, Robert Montgomery, Nico Muhly, Godfrey Reggio, John Steinbeck, Cheryl Strayed, Andrei Tarkovsky, James Turrell, Universal Everything.