In September 2016, the Southern Alberta Art Gallery and the Data Physicalization Lab at the University of Lethbridge invited six artists to participate in a residency, documentary film, and exhibition that asked them to respond to agricultural data developed by Dr. Jamie Larson and Dr. Andre Laroche from the Lethbridge Research and Development Centre: Agriculture and Agri-food Canada. The artwork that emerged from this investigation explores the potential that lies within scientific inquiry when strict standards for fact and method are allowed to be considered and probed through an expanded perspective. Through this inquiry, the work is allowed to effectively engage viewers by evoking feelings of wonder, curiosity, and consciousness about data and agricultural research, while creating a place for contemplation about the land and our inherent connection to it.
The keynote presentation will consist of the premiere screening of the documentary film that resulted from this collaboration, a discussion about the film and the potential of interdisciplinary work, and short Q&A with Leanne Elias and scientist Dr. Andre Laroche. Read more about the project and premiere on uNews.