Project Launch

By Leanne Elias

It’s official! Our VISUALIZING AGRICULTURE project has launched, with an exciting roster of scientists and artists coming together for a chilly weekend in September. Dr. Andre Laroche and Dr. Jamie Larsen generously spent the day explaining their research into Wheat Stripe Rust and Perennial Wheat – artists include Adrien Segal (Los Angeles), Tori Foster (Oakland), Mary-Anne McTrow (Lethbridge), Jackson 2Bears (Lethbridge), Robyn Moody (Calgary). A rotten computer glitch stopped Patricio Davila coming from Toronto, but we will soon fix that. We were also joined by 7 of our Data Studio students, who have already started their first artworks.

Summer 2016

By Leanne Elias

I’m also thrilled to be announcing plans for a major exhibition of data art! We will be working with the Southern Alberta Art Gallery to develop an exhibition with some truly stellar artists. The SAAG is known for fostering work with contemporary artists who challenge boundaries and we are very pleased that they embraced this idea wholeheartedly. We have recently met with scientists at the Agricultural Research Centre, and while I can’t confirm the data we’ll be working with just yet, I can guarantee it will be aligned with our mandate of working with data that inspires a more positive, sustainable future. Stay tuned for the list of artists that we will be working with – it is such an exciting time in the Lab!

Spring 2016

By Rusty McMurty

Hey there. My name is Rusty McMurtry and I’m the Lab’s intern this semester. I’ve been doing independent studies with the Lab over the past couple of semesters as a New Media student. I’ve transitioned to intern for my last semester to finish out my degree and boy-oh-boy do I have some cool stuff to tell you all about.
The whole Lab has embarked on a, “Setup Semester”. We’d gotten lots of new equipment and had started moving in a thousand different directions at once. Leanne and Denton figured it would be a great time slow down and take stock of all the interesting things we’re now able to do. Everyone here has dove into the machines and programs and started making manuals and example pieces. I’ve personally learned how to use and maintain the MakerBot Replicator 2, as well as use the Roland vinyl cutter (which I made a manual for), the Laser Cutter (currently working on the manual and examples), and the other 3D printer – the Ultimaker 2 Extended.
A few of the students/interns in the Lab are starting on Data Physicalizations and the final products should be interesting with all the new tech they’re using. There’s a general excitement around the idea of sharing ideas and working with different mediums. We have no doubt it will lead to better and better things moving forward. Can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with in the next little while!

The site should a get a bit of an overhaul over the next little while as we move forward with a light visual redesign, so look for that!

Talk soon.

Data Physicalization Wiki

By Leanne Elias

The amazing people at the Aviz.fr research lab have started a physical data viz wiki, and it is going to be enormously valuable to us. We have been using their list of physical data viz extensively ever since we started our lab, and that list was what led Denton and I to visit Paris in March to meet the team. Take a look here – and check back often to see who else has been added.