ORGANIZATION

The Studio for Extensive Aesthetics at Emily Carr University of Art + Design

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The Studio for Extensive Aesthetics (SEA) is part of the Graduate Studies program at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, founded to investigate the roles of art, design and technology in contemporary society.

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Mission and Purpose

Existing at the intersection of art, design and scientific inquiry, the Studio for Extensive Aesthetics (SEA) has been called an artistic research lab, pursuing a multifaceted approach which incorporates traditional scholarly research in collaboration with leading scientists, and artistic works in collaboration with industry, civic organizations, and cultural institutions. The SEA’s goal is to produce art works and research that sparks dialogue about the role of data aesthetics in contemporary culture, rewriting information culture as a collaborative affair.[1]

Origins and Development 

The SEA was established by Amber Frid-Jimenez in 2014 after she was awarded Canada Research Cain in art and design technology.[2]

Organizational Structure, Membership, and Funding

The SEA is directed by Amber Frid-Jimenez, Canada Research Chair in Art, Design and Technology and was founded in 2014 at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. The SEA is funded by the Canada Research Chair Programme, the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the British Columbia Knowledge Development Fund and the UBC Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies.[3]

Specializations, Methods and Tools

SEA takes a transdisciplinary approach to the cultural mechanics and aesthetics of the network and the data produced by it, using artistic and computational means to create experimental platforms, installations, and books. Themes explored through these projects range from the aesthetics and politics of artificial neural networks to feminist media theory.[4] One area of particular focus is data visualization, described by Frid-Jimenez as “a fundamental tool in advanced societies, which rely on ever-increasing data flows since the transition to the digital era.”[5] The studio connects student and faculty researchers with international theorists and practitioners through projects ranging from screen-based work to urban-scale installations.[6]

The methodology of SEA combines making and theory. An iterative design process, work at the SEA begins moves from preliminary research, to the prototyping and public display of virtual platforms and physical artifacts, to the communication of research results[7]

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See Also

Participatory Arts

Social Innovation Labs

Social Media

References

[1] Amber Frid-Jimenez, “Studio for Extensive Aesthetics: An Artistic Research Lab at Emily Carr,” http://current.ecuad.ca/studio-for-extensive-aesthetics-an-artistic-research-lab-at-emily-carr

[2] Frid-Jimenez, “Studio for Extensive Aesthetics: An Artistic Research Lab at Emily Carr.”

[3] “Overview,” http://research.ecuad.ca/sea/.

[4] “Studio for Extensive Aesthetics,” https://www.amberfj.com/studio/.

[5] Frid-Jimenez, “Studio for Extensive Aesthetics: An Artistic Research Lab at Emily Carr.”

[6] “Studio for Extensive Aesthetics,” https://www.ecuad.ca/academics/faculties-and-departments/research-area/chair-in-art-design-technology

[7] Frid-Jimenez, “Studio for Extensive Aesthetics: An Artistic Research Lab at Emily Carr.”

External Links

ECUA SEA: https://www.ecuad.ca/academics/faculties-and-departments/research-area/chair-in-art-design-technology

Amber Frid-Jimenez: https://www.amberfj.com/studio/

Notes

Lead image: Emily Carr University of Art + Design, http://bit.ly/2DXjznC

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