Where does data visualization connect with the tumultuous world of competitive crop breeding? During my time as an Artist-in-Residence at the Disruptive Imaginings Data Visualization Lab at the University of Lethbridge, the connection materialized through conductive paint and a visual form familiar to modern sports enthusiasts – the bracket tournament.Read More
This month I am thrilled to be participating as an artist in residence with the Disruptive Imaginings Data Visualization Lab at the University of Lethbridge. The lab is currently working with agronomic and grain quality data from Jamie Larsen, Crop Geneticist/Breeder with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. His study consists of 14 varieties of rye grown at 6 different locations in Canada in 2014 and have been tested to see how they meet a set of quality measures. The students in the lab are already off to a running start, creating programs to calculate data averages and simulating tests for Hagberg Falling Numbers (not entirely sure what this means yet). Lots of catching up to do!
Thus far, I have only started familiarizing myself with the dataset, researching Rye, and playing with some visualization forms (one of these [above] has a bit of a Georgia Lupi look to it). I also came across this lovely traditional craft called 'corn dollies,' a practice of weaving the stems of cereal grains into little arrangements. You need particular conditions for the stem to be suitable, making me wonder which of the Rye varieties would be ideal for this type of usage.
More to come soon!
Last summer I was brought on by The Fieldnotes Collective, a group of scientists and artists in Southern Alberta, to coordinate tours with local scientists whose research touches on concepts of 'resiliency.' Topics ranged from perennial cereals & resilient agriculture to the need for protection of the headwaters of the Oldman river. The idea of these tours was to have scientists and artists connect and potentially collaborate around shared interests. The group found incredible success with this format in the past with their Ecotone project, where artists responded to scientists and ranchers.
The website features videos produced about these tours, as well as upcoming events (including the site launch potluck on March 4th at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery).
For more information about The Resilient City and the website, visit the project page.
I am pleased to reveal the first phase of the Alberta Climate Records website, a 61-year look at temperature trends across the province of Alberta. The site features a series of information visualizations based on data and climate trend analysis from Dr. Stefan W. Kienzle, Associate Professor at the University of Lethbridge. The dataset is made up of nearly 5 million observed climate records between 1950 and 2010 for 6,834 locations across Alberta. In a conversation that is typically rooted in future consequences, the data visualizations reveal drastic changes that are already taking place in our province.
On October 27th I will be speaking in the Architecture and Design NOW series at the University of Lethbridge. If you would like to attend, here is more info.
This talk will focus on my practice in information visualization (infovis), which has largely been shaped by my background in design, a deep rooted connection to the people and landscape in Alberta, and a desire to engage with public interest and activist topics. Infovis is an extremely powerful tool for improving comprehension of complex information and its recent adoption in creative fields has lead to a surge of new applications. Meanwhile, technology fluctuates, access to information is variable, and best practices in infovis, design, and activism often conflict with each other. In my talk I will discuss my experience navigating through these opportunities and challenges and show the body of work that has emerged.
In June I had the privilege of participating in the first convening of Disruptive Imaginings, a project lead by One Earth and their partners that brought together 26 experts from sustainability, futures, and art for a week long retreat on Wasan Island in Ontario's lake country.Read More
I arrived in Minneapolis for Eyeo 2014 by my favourite means of transport, a train from Shelby, Montana. The 24 hour ride gave us plenty of time to contemplate our speaker schedules, anticipation for the much acclaimed festival building as we chugged closer. And of course, the year's Eyeo did not disappoint. They pulled out all the stops to impress visually, intellectually, and atmospherically - the venues truly set the stage for the talent that graced them. One of the strengths of the conference: the diversity of it's content. Perspectives from research/industry, theory/practice, design/tech converged to move beyond fields to focus on concepts, big questions, critique.
Not to get too wordy, here are a few highlights:Read More
Eyeo has an incredible list of speakers discussing (and teaching) creative code, data visualization, art tech, and more. A few of my current heros will be there: Evelyn Eastmond, Libs Elliott, Fernanda Viégas, Giorgia Lupi, Stefanie Posavec, Imogen Heap, Jer Thorp, Kyle McDonald, Kim Rees, Lauren McCarthy, and Robert Hodgin, to name a few. Of course, I can't wait to discover the rest. Oh, and we'll be arriving to Eyeo by an overnight train, so lots of time to peruse the schedule and speaker list.
DRS 2014 is held by the Design Research Society. Leanne and I will be presenting a co-authored paper there (see previous blog post). The list of speakers at DRS is extensive. Good thing we will have 20 hours of daylight in this northern community to take advantage of everything the week has to offer ;)