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 (ECUAD). 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.

Dr. Carol Gigliotti, Curator
Dr. Carol Gigliotti, Guest Curator, is a writer, artist and scholar whose work focuses on the impact of new technologies on human relationships with animals and on the lives of animals themselves. It challenges the current assumptions of creativity and offers a more comprehensive understanding of creativity through recognizing animal cognition, consciousness and agency. She is the editor of the book, Leonardo’s Choice: Genetic Technologies and Animals and the author of numerous book chapters and journal essays on these topics. Her work is supported by Social Sciences and Humanities. Research Council of Canada, The Sitka Center for the Arts, and The Reverie Foundation, among others. She is Associate Professor in Interactive + Social Media Arts and Critical and Cultural Studies at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver, Canada. Gigliotti is on a number of international advisory boards concerned either with media or animal studies.

Stephanie Jonsson, Executive Assistant
Stephanie Jonsson is in her second and final year of the MAA program in Visual Arts at Emily Carr University. As a vegetarian and animal lover, she is very excited to be working on the IF’11 project. Stephanie has been involved with various arts organizations, including the Art Gallery of Alberta, the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts, and Harcourt House Centre. In 2008 she was nominated for the Emerging Artist of the Year for the Mayor’s Evening of the Arts Awards in Edmonton. In 2009 she received the Award of Achievement from the Alberta Craft Council for outstanding efforts in ceramics, and was listed among Avenue Magazine’s “Top 40 Under 40” in Edmonton.

Elisa Ferrari, Curatorial Assistant
Elisa is a master student in Media Arts at Emily Carr University. She studied Visual and Performing Arts in Venice – IUAV (Italy). She works with photography, video and installation. In her projects she primarily uses non linear narrative structures and she is interested to investigate the relationship between documentary practices and experimental cinema. She is currently working on a video project, about a fictional collective character, an amateur hiker.

Sandra Hanson, Graphic Designer
Sandra Hanson Design
Sandra enjoys a diverse practice of print, packaging, digital media and environmental design. She loves the design process, creating visual connections through contemporary imagery and typography. Her work spans a range of close collaborative working relationships with principled commercial clients, not for profit organizations, artists and arts groups. Outside of the design world she can be found traveling, making art, tromping in the woods and sitting on the North Vancouver Public Art Advisory Committee.

Zoe Lee, Web Assistant
Zoe Lee is fourth year Visual Arts student currently finishing her BFA at Emily Carr University of Arts + Design. Lee is a digital graphic illustrator whose practices explore identity and self-possession through digital illustrations, interactivity in social media and mixed media. She has had internships at Focus Media Hong Kong Limited in Hong Kong and the International Digital Media Arts Association Conference 2010 at Emily Carr University of Arts + Design.

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