Dr. Maria Lantin, Executive Director
Dr. Maria Lantin is the Director of the Intersections Digital Studio (IDS) esearch centre at the Emily Carr University of Arts + Design . For many years she has been joining her love of Computing Science with her belief in the innovative potential of the arts. A circuitous route led her from obtaining her PhD in Computing Science at Simon Fraser University to leading the Visualization Research Lab at the Banff Centre’s Banff New Media Institute (BNMI). Working primarily in teams, she has had the joy of bringing to life many artist projects involving digital technology, and continues this practice at Emily Carr where the IDS provides an ample playground for experimentation.
Julie Andreyev, Artistic Director
Andreyev is an artist whose recent area of practice called Animal Lover explores animal consciousness and creativity through interactive installation, interspecies collaboration, and video. Her work has been shown across Canada, in the US, Europe and Japan in galleries and in media arts festivals. Andreyev’s work is supported by The Canada Council for the Arts, The British Columbia Arts Council, Foreign Affairs Canada, and The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. She is Associate Professor in Interactive + Social Media Arts at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver, Canada. Andreyev has been Artistic Director of Interactive Futures since 2007.
Leah Weinstein, Communication Director
Leah is currently pursuing a Master of Applied Arts degree at Emily Carr University. After completing her BFA in sculpture in 2001, an interest in sustainability led Leah to study natural dyes and organic cotton in India, where she traveled extensively between seasons of school and treeplanting for a living. Now returning to her interests in sculpture, Leah’s graduate work explores the relationship between art and the potentially utopian uses of objects. Through investigating an “aesthetics of use”, Leah is interested in exploring the space between a distant ideal and the immediate nearness of the body through sculpture, installation, and performance.
Dallas V. Duobaitis, Curatorial Assistant
Dallas is a Masters student at Emily Carr University of Art and Design whose subject of research in the Semiotics and Phenomenology of technology. Using an Animist methodology he creates interactive artwork with a quality of agency which question our relationship with technology.
Cristian Hernandez-Blick and Roxanne Bouchard, Communications/Research/Production Assistants
Intersections Digital Studios, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver, Canada
IDS is Emily Carr’s dedicated research space. It is composed of three themed studios: the Motion Capture and Visualization studio, the Wearables and Interactive Products studio, and the Prototyping + Media + Programming studio. The studios give faculty and graduate students access to state of the art digital technologies to develop or enhance projects in all disciplines. These technologies were chosen to bridge digital and material practices and promote collaborations between departments. Examples include 3D scanners, a 3D printer, a CNC machine, a stereoscopic projection system, and a 20 camera Vicon motion capture system. IDS allows training and education of a new kind of art and design researcher – one whose understanding of technology is informed by a strong sense of aesthetics and ethics. In a field that moves so quickly, and where today’s innovations may be obsolete, tomorrow’s students and researchers will gain more than just technical skills. They will gain an understanding of the underlying structures that fuel the dynamism between technology and creativity.
IDS occupies a physical space of approximately 10,000 square feet of Emily Carr’s Granville Island campus, and offers opportunities for collaborations with industry and other educational institutions.
Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver, Canada
Emily Carr University of Art and Design was founded in 1925 and is one of British Columbia’s oldest post-secondary institutions and one of the world’s leading arts institutions. Emily Carr University of Art and Design is a learning community devoted to excellence and innovation in Visual Arts, Media Arts and Design. It stimulates its students to develop new and innovative ways of thinking and creating. At the same time, Emily Carr University of Art and Design invites students to prepare themselves for life after school. The curriculum is flexible, personal, multi-disciplinary and based on the learning needs of students. Emily Carr University of Art and Design is dedicated to fostering an educational environment that is professional, practice-oriented and at the same time rooted in history and critical theory. Emily Carr University of Art and Design is providing facilities and infrastructure support for IF’14.
Graduate Liberal Studies, Simon Fraser University
The Graduate Liberal Studies program offered by Simon Fraser University is an interdisciplinary program leading to the degree of Master of Arts in Liberal Studies. It addresses some of the great works of our intellectual and artistic heritage, studies the perennial concerns that have shaped our culture, and explores contemporary perspectives on traditional ideas and values. In 2013 GLS accepted its first cohort of PhD students.
Vegan Congress, Vancouver, Canada, The Vegan Congress is as a activist group providing events and information about vegan practice to help develop discourse and practical ethics. Currently, The Vegan Congress consists of like-minded faculty, staff and students at Emily Carr University who practice veganism. The mission of the Vegan Congress is to offer compassionate means to consider nonhuman animals as subjects-of-life and therefore of equal moral value as humans. The Vegan Congress practices mindful action towards eliminating suffering of nonhuman animals and provides practical information to the public on the benefits of cruelty-free diet, clothing and other material practices. The Vegan Congress is supporting IF’14 through sourcing vegan catering.