MANO-RAMO and IMAA Present National Source Conference Keynote Speaker, Dr. Sara Diamond

Read Sara Diamond’s Keynote Address, pre­sented at the IMAA National Source Con­fer­ence, June 14–18, in Banff, Alberta.

Sara Dia­mond 2012 IMAA Keynote
(188k, PDF, June 2012)

About Sara Diamond
Sara Dia­mond holds a PhD in Com­puter Sci­ence and degrees in new media the­ory and prac­tice, social his­tory and com­mu­ni­ca­tions. She is an appointee of the Order of Ontario and the Roy­al Cana­dian Soci­ety of Artists. While retain­ing OCAD University’s tra­di­tional strengths in art and design, Dia­mond has guid­ed the uni­ver­sity in becom­ing a leader in dig­i­tal media, design research and cur­ricu­lum through the Dig­i­tal Futures Ini­tia­tive, new research in Inclu­sive Design, health and design, as well as in sus­tain­able tech­nolo­gies and design. She also played a lead­ing role in OCAD University’s estab­lish­ment of the unique Abo­rig­i­nal Visu­al Cul­ture Pro­gram. Cur­rently, she serves on the Ontario Min­istry of Culture’s Advi­sory Coun­cil on Arts & Cul­ture, ORION (Ontario’s high-speed net­work), SHARCNET, IO (Inter­ac­tive Ontario), Cana­dian Women in Com­mu­ni­ca­tions; i‑Canada; is Chair of the Sco­tia­bank Nuit Blanche Toron­to Advi­sory Com­mit­tee, and sits on sev­eral aca­d­e­mic advi­sory panels.

She is a data visu­al­iza­tion, wear­able tech­nol­ogy and mobile media researcher, artist and design­er. She devel­oped, a social media soft­ware and per­for­mance and respon­sive fash­ion envi­ron­ment. Dia­mond is found­ing Chair of the Mobile Expe­ri­ence Inno­va­tion Cen­tre and cur­rent co-chair (with RBC). She is co-prin­ci­pal inves­ti­ga­tor on the Cen­tre for Infor­ma­tion Visualization/Data Dri­ven Design, an OCAD U/York Uni­ver­sity major ini­tia­tive and sits on the board of the Nation­al Cen­tre of Excel­lence GRAND. Dia­mond con­tin­ues to write and lec­ture on the sub­jects of dig­i­tal media his­tory, dig­i­tal media, strate­gic fore­sight; mobil­ity and design strat­egy for peer-reviewed jour­nals and acts as a review­er and eval­u­a­tor for IEEE and ACM con­fer­ences and jour­nals; SSHRC, CFI and the Cana­da Research Chair pro­grams. Her art­work is held by pres­ti­gious col­lec­tions such as the Muse­um of Mod­ern Art, NYC and the Nation­al Gallery of Canada.

About Source: Inde­pen­dent Media Arts Summit

The Source: Inde­pen­dent Media Arts Sum­mit is IMAA’s bi-annu­al con­fer­ence bring­ing togeth­er Canada’s media arts sec­tor for five days of learn­ing, net­work­ing and dia­logue about key issues in the field. The con­fer­ence will take place from June 15 – 18 at the Banff Centre.

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