Leanne Elias

Leanne Elias

Associate Professor of New Media, Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lethbridge

Leanne’s interests lie in finding relationships: either in people, data or ideas. She is a co-lead of the Fine Arts Data Physicalization / Visualization Lab and Associate Professor of New Media at the University of Lethbridge.

For several years the lab has asked questions about the value of building a relationship with the owner / generator of data, and to that end has brought students together with researchers from one of Canada’s largest agriculture research facilities. Over the course of a term students generate art and design work that responds to a single data set, exploring a wide range of media. This fall, she launched Visualizing Agriculture, a project that invited professional data artists from around North America to engage with the same methodology. The resulting exhibition and documentary film will be released in 2018.

Her background in art and design have led her to projects such as NewMediaIntersections, an exploration of interdisciplinary artistic work, Ecotone, a collaboration with ranchers, scientists and artists, and the The Resilient City Project.