杰西卡·巴恩斯是肯特州立大学视觉传达设计学院的一名助理教授。她在明尼苏达州大学获得美术设计专业硕士学位，并在爱荷华大学获得艺术文学硕士。 她的作品曾在诸多国际展览馆中展出，包括国际电子语言节（里约热内卢和圣保罗），人文艺术科学和技术合作实验室（多伦多），并且发表于《电子文化现状》杂志。她曾于美国平面设计师协会、大学设计师协会和美国现代语言协会的学术会议里阐释了她的研究。 她出版的书和设计作品曾在高校图书艺术协会和大学设计师协会共同举办的艺术评审展览中获奖。 巴恩斯的研究著眼于信息的重塑和传达，以及不同媒体间奇特的联系。她的作品深受社会身份认同、语言与技术之影响。
26个链接是一种抽象拼贴画机器，是依靠想象及图像、声音来表现文本的途径。 参观者受邀输入他们自选的文本。文本一输入，拼贴画就开始逐渐形成，画面结果还可能会随着时间持续变化。 投影机接口把从右上方录入的文本转移成视听“构成要素”，以创作出抽象拼贴画。 随着参观者说话时屏幕上的莫尔斯电报电码交互变换，写、听、看之间的联系处于不断的流动变化之中。 以可读、可视、可听的莫尔斯电报电码、通过模块化的处理作为基础，参观者可用鼠标在屏幕上移动这些破折号和逗号时或滚动和点击这些图形，通过一个字母数据库产生图像、英语语音及印刷艺术作品。录入的原文本始终保留在银幕左上方。参观者可创造、复印、或者保存最终形成的抽象拼贴画。
Jessica Barness is an assistant professor in the School of Visual Communication Design at Kent State University. She received her Master of Fine Arts in design from the University of Minnesota, and Master of Arts in art from the University of Northern Iowa. Her audio-visual work has been exhibited at international venues such as FILE Electronic Language Festival (Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo), and HASTAC (Toronto), and published in the journal Currents in Electronic Literacy. She has presented research at AIGA, UCDA and M/MLA conferences, and her book and publication designs have won awards in juried exhibitions hosted by the College Book Art Association and the University & College Designers Association. Barness’ research revolves around the reshaping and delivery of information, and exploring unexpected connections between disparate pieces of media. Her work is influenced by social identity, language and communication technologies.
A (Dis)Connected Twenty-Six is a collage machine, built to imagine a means to write with picutres and sound. The speculative interface translates text entered at the top right into audio-visual ‘ingredients’ for making collages. The connections between writing, seeing and hearing are in continual flux as a visitor interacts with Morse code on screen. A collage begins to form the moment text is entered, and the resulting compositions may be continually transformed over time. Morse code – which can be read, seen, heard and spoken – is used here in a modular way to form the project’s foundation. These dashes and dots can be moved around the screen with a mouse; rolling over and clicking these shapes reveals an alphabet-based database of images, phonetic sounds from the English language and typographic artwork. The visitor’s original text entry remains at the top left while a collage is being made. Visitors are invited to enter text of their choice, create and print (or save) their works.