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Artists as Writers: Diamond, Sara

Artist Biography

DIAMOND, Sara

President of OCAD University

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Biography

(Photography from OCAD U website)

Dr. Sara Diamond is the President of OCAD University, Canada's "university of the imagination". She holds a PhD in Computing, Information Technology and Engineering from the University of East London, a Masters in Digital Media theory from the University of Arts  London and Honours Bachelors of Arts in History and Communications from Simon Fraser University.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. These initiatives have built strong partnerships for OCAD University with science, business and communities, in Ontario and abroad. 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. Diamond has served the larger university community through her membership on the Standing Advisory Committee on University Research (SACUR) and currently is a member of the Standing Advisory Committee on  International Relations (SACIR) of the Association of Universities and Colleges and as Chair of the Standing Committee on Relationships with Other Postsecondary Institutions for the Council of Ontario Universities and is a member of the COU executive. Diamond was a member of the 2011-2012 Council of the Canadian Academies' expert panel on the State of Science & Technology in Canada. 

She is a data visualization, wearable technology and mobile media researcher, artist and designer. She developed http://www.codezebra.net/, 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 and is the holder of funding from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council and the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council. Diamond continues to write and lecture on the subjects of digital media history and practice, visual analytics, 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.

© biography from OCAD University website

Online Resources

Writing by Sara Diamond

Please note that not all works are available through the OCADU library. To acquire one of these works through Interlibrary Loan or other means, please contact the library for assistance.

  • Writings about her own art
  • Writing about art
  • Writing about Data visualization
  • Writing about technology
  • Writing about culture and Canadian issues
  • Writing about art and education
  • Interviews

Sara Diamond: Writing about her own art

Heroics Artist Statement in VoiceOver exhibition pamphlet. Contemporary Art Gallery, 1985.  Available at OCADU Library.

Sara Diamond in The Diary Exhibition.  Exhibition Pamphlet.  Art Gallery of Memorial University, St John's Newfoundland.  1987. Available at OCADU Library.

 A Tool for Collaborative Online Dialogue: CodeZebraOS. (2009). Read PhD thesis online.

CodeZebraOS in Euphoria & Dystopia: The Banff New Media Institute Dialogues Paperback. Banff Centre Press, 2011. Available at OCADU Library.

Time tremors: Developing transmedia gaming for children. Holler, Conor and Crowe, Patrick and Mayhew, Alex and Tindale, Adam and Diamond, Sara (2014)  In: Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Human-computer Interaction with Mobile Devices & Services.

Sara Diamond: Writing about Art

Articles in Fuse Magazine:

  • The bus show: Transit workers know what they like. Fuse Magazine, 6 (3). 1982. p. 149.
  • The price of political poker: Gambling on solidarity. Fuse Magazine, 7 (6). 1984.  pp. 174-175.  Read online.
  • Stalling Art. Fuse Magazine, 10 (1&2). pp. 55-57.  Read online.
  • Luminous sites. C Magazine, 10. 1986.  pp. 72-73. Read online.
  • Kissing cousins: Artists and unions in B.C. Fuse Magazine, 10 (3). pp. 25-26.  Read online.
  • Confused update: Court ruling undermines artists' rights. Fuse Magazine, 10 (3). 1986. pp. 5-6
  • My trip to New York. Fuse Magazine, 10 (4). (1987) My trip to New York. pp. 45-46.  Read online.

 

Whose Vision Will Rule the Future? Women, Technology, and Art. In Artists Talk About Technology, ANNPAC/RACA, 1985.  Available at OCADU Library.

Art, Gender and Class: Creativity and Social Restraints.  In Symposium on Feminism and Art. April-May 1985.  Available at OCADU Library

Under Construction: Working on History. Curatorial statement in Images '89.  Images Festival booklet, 1989.  Available at OCADU Library.

Daring Documents: The Practical Aesthetics of Early Vancouver Video.  Vancouver Anthology: The institutional politics of Art.  Taloonbooks. 1991.

Sex Lies with Videotape: Abbreviated Histories of Canadian Video Sex.  In Resolutions: Contemporary Video Practices. ed. Michael Renov and Erika Suderberg.  University of Minnestoa Press, 1992.  Available at OCADU Library.

Introduction for Computer Voices, Speaking Machine exhibition pamphlet. Walters Philips Gallery, 2001.  Available at OCADU Library.

Steam Clean, Pure not Purient. In Like mangoes in July: The work of Richard Fung. Insomniac Press, 2002. Available at OCADU Library.

Silicon to Carbon: Thought Chips. in Beyond the Box: Diverging Curatorial Practices. Banff Centre Press, 2003.  Available at OCADU Library.

Interpolation: The Method of David Rokeby. In David Rokeby. Oakville Galleries, 2004. Available at OCADU Library.

Bridging art and science with creativity support tools. Shneiderman, Ben and Colwell, Rita and Diamond, Sara and Greenhalgh, Paul and Wulf, William (2007)  In: C&C '07 Proceedings of the 6th ACM SIGCHI conference on Creativity & cognition Pages 309-309.

Participation, Flow, and the redistribution of Authorship: The Challenges of Collaborative Exchange and New Media Curatorial Practice.  In New Media in the White Cube and Beyond: Curatorial Models for Digital Art. ed Christiane Paul. University of California Press, 2008.  Available at OCADU Library.

Reframing the Cathedral: Opening the Sources of Technologies and Cultural Assumptions. In Critical Digital Studies: A reader. ed Arthur and Marilouse Kroker. University of Toronto Press, 2008.  Available at OCADU Library.

Essay in Self/Auto Portrait. Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, 2010.  Available at OCADU Library.

Introductions in Euphoria & Dystopia: The Banff New Media Institute Dialogues Paperback. Banff Centre Press, 2011. Available at OCADU Library.

Moving Softly Forward. In: The 17th International Symposium on Electronic Art, 14-21 September 2011, Istanbul. (Unpublished). Read online.

Sara Diamond: Writing about Data Visualization

Sensing What We Know. In J. Buchanen (Ed.), Conference Proceedings Graphics Interface. Ottawa: IEEE, 2001.

Data Are Beautiful Things. Canvas8. (2010, April 28).

Lenticular Galaxies: The Polyvalent Aesthetics of Data Visualization. C Theory Code Drift: Essays in Critical Digital Studies (cds002). (2010). Read online from CTheory.net.

Data Visualization: Materiality and Mediation. In: The 17th International Symposium on Electronic Art, 14-21 September 2011, Istanbul. (Unpublished).  Read online.

Artists & Designers: An Experiment in Data Visualizations. C&C '11 Proceedings of the 8th ACM conference on Creativity and Cognition (pp. 195-196). New York: ACM. doi:10.1145/2069618.2069651

Visualizing Sentiments in Business-Customer Relations with Metaphors. Gali, G., Oliver, S., Chevalier, F., & Diamond S. CHI EA '12 CHI '12 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 1493-1498). New York: ACM,. 2012. doi:10.1145/2212776.2223661

Visualization of residents in long-term care centres through mobile natural user interfaces (NUI). Arunachalan, Bhuvaneswari and Diamond, Sara and Stevens, Anne and Talaie, Borzu and Ghaderi, Maziar (2013) In: IEEE Symposium on Large-Scale Data Analysis and Visualization (LDAV).  Read online.

Fostering Insight and Collaboration in Long-Term Healthcare through Collection and Visualization of Qualitative Healthcare Data. Diamond, Sara and Pridham, Hudson and Stevens, Anne and Szigeti, Steve and Arunachalan, Bhuvaneswari (2014) In: MobileHCI 2014: Workshop on Designing the Future of Mobile Healthcare Support, 23 September 2014, Toronto Canada. (Unpublished) Read online.

Stacked stacked bar graph - A new twist on an old visualization. Szigeti, Steve and Patrasc, Joana and Schnitman, David and Diamond, Sara (2014)  In: IEEE InfoVis.

Output to input: Concepts for physical data representations and tangible user interfaces. Szigeti, Steve and Stevens, Anne and Tu, Robert and Jofre, Ana and Gebhardt, Alex and Chevalier, Fanny and Lee, Jonathan and Diamond, Sara (2014) In: CHI '14 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 26 Apr - 01 May 2014, Toronto, Canada.

Visual analytics: The role of design and art in the emerging field of big data. Stream 1: Enterprise and Engagement.  2015.  Read online.

A Tangible User Interface for Interactive Data Visualization. Jofre, Ana and Szigeti, Steve and Keller, Stephen Tiefenbach and Dong, Lan-Xi and Czarnowski, David and Tomé, Frederico and Diamond, Sara (2015) In: Proceedings of the 25th Annual International Conference on Computer Science and Software Engineering.

Citizen engagement through tangible data representation. Jofre, Ana and Szigeti, Steve and Diamond, Sara (2016) Foro de Educación, 14 (20). pp. 305-325. Read online.

Materializing data: Notes on collaboration and tangible interfaces with excerpts and additions. Jofre, Ana and Szigeti, Steve and Diamond, Sara (2016)  DATJournal Design Art and Technology, 1 (2). pp. 2-14.

Manipulating tabletop objects to interactively query a database. Jofre, Ana and Szigeti, Steve and Tiefenbach-Keller, Stephen and Dong, Lan-Xi and Diamond, Sara (2016)  In: Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems.

The Sophi HUD: A novel visual analytics tool for news media.  Peter, Jessica and Szigeti, Steve and Jofre, Ana and Edall, Gordon and Diamond, Sara (2017) In: DIS '17 Companion Proceedings of the 2017 ACM Conference Companion Publication on Designing Interactive Systems, 10-14 Jun 2017, Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

Analyzing student travel patterns with augmented data visualizations. Skelton, Carl and Juneja, Manpreet Kaur and Dunne, Cody and Bowes, Jeremy and Szigeti, Steve and Zheng, Minsheng and Gordon, Marcus A. and Diamond, Sara (2017) In: Proceedings of the 2017 ACM Conference Companion Publication on Designing Interactive Systems, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, 10-14 Jun 2017.   Read online.

Sara Diamond: Writing About Technology

Taylor’s Way: Women, Culture and Technology. In J. Terry & M. Calvert (Eds.), Processed Lives: Gender and Technology in Everyday Life (pp. 56-66). London, England: Routledge, 1997.

States of Discourse-Dialogues in Symmetry. Symmetry: A Synthesis of Constancy and Change, Proceedings of the Symmetry Festival 2003, part 2. Budapest: International Symmetry Foundation, 2003.  739-741.
This is from a special issue of Symmetry: Culture and Science, 14-15 part 2.

Degrees of Freedom: Models of Corporate Relationships. Leonardo, 38 (5). pp. 409-413. Read online.

Assessment of Mobile Experience Engine, the Development Toolkit for Context Aware Mobile Applications. Biswas, A. et al. (2006). ACE '06 Proceedings of the 2006 ACM SIGCHI international Conference on Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology (Article No. 8). New York: ACM. doi:10.1145/1178823.1178834

GLOBAL COMPETITIVENESS: Designing our way to a stronger economy. The Globe and Mail, pp. B2 (2008, December 29).

Creating Methodologies for Mobile Platforms. In M. Ladly & P. Beesley (Eds.), Mobile Nation (pp. 1-5). Cambridge: Riverside Architectural Press, 2008.

Reframing the Cathedral: Opening the Sources of Technologies and Cultural Assumptions. In Critical Digital Studies: A reader. ed Arthur and Marilouse Kroker. University of Toronto Press, 2008.  Available at OCADU Library.

TECHNOLOGY: Will Canada miss the next wireless revolution? The Globe and Mail, pp. B2. (2009, May 4).

Activism, Technology and Cultural Specifics. Canvas8. (2010, July 28).

Is the new copright law 'fair'?  The Toronto Star. [Toronto, Ont]08 Dec 2010: A.23.

India: Poised for an Innovation Revolution? Canvas8. (2011, January 27).

Innovation by Design: Differentiator in the Digital Age. Diamond, S., & Lewis, L. (2011). Policy Options 32(8): 60-5. Read online from Policy Options.

Taking Ontario Mobile. Toronto: Mobile Experience Innovation Centre, 2012. Read online from OCAD University.

Discursive Navigation of Online News. DIS '12 Proceedings of the Designing Interactive Systems Conference. Oliver, S., Gali, G., Chevalier, F., & Diamond S. New York: ACM, 2012. (pp. 82-95).

Wearable Haptic Gaming Using Vibrotactile Arrays. Tindale, Adam and Cumming, Michael and Pridham, Hudson and Peter, Jessica and Diamond, Sara (2014) Wearable In: Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Human-computer Interaction with Mobile Devices & Services.

Time tremors: Developing transmedia gaming for children. Holler, Conor and Crowe, Patrick and Mayhew, Alex and Tindale, Adam and Diamond, Sara (2014)  In: Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Human-computer Interaction with Mobile Devices & Services.

The infinite canvas: A novel presentation of newspaper search results on a tablet. Szigeti, Steve and Schnitman, David and Peter, Jessica and Vu, Phuong Ha and Diamond, Sara (2015) The infinite canvas: A novel presentation of newspaper search results on a tablet. In: Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services Adjunct.

Sara Diamond: Writing about culture and Canadian Issues

Articles in Fuse Magazine

  • Jonnie Rankin: Revealing the unrecorded past of women in trade unions through the experience of one worker. Fuse Magazine, 5 (8&9). 1991.  pp. 252-256.
  • Class and Women's Writing. Fuse 7(5): 209-212. (1984, February).
  • Is There Life After Kelowna?: Preparing for the Next Round. Fuse 7(6): 275.(1984, Spring).
  • Where the Fraser River Flows: The Birth of Solidarity in B.C. Fuse 7(6): 266-8.(1984, Spring).
  • B.C. Solidarity Update: New Reality or New Brutality? Fuse 7(1-2): 4-6.(1984, Summer)
  • PornAgain Distributor: Censorship and Vancouver's Newsstands. Fuse 8(4): 5-6.(1984, November-1985, January)
  • Western EXPO Sure: As the Breadlines Grow. Fuse 8(4): 9-14.(1984, Nov-1985, Jan).
  • Unearthing Labour's Cultural History in B.C. Fuse 8(4): 25-30. (1984, Nov-1985, Jan).
  • Life Under Expo: Free Enterprising with Women's Lives. Fuse 9(3): 6. (1985, Fall).
  • Life Under Expo: Learning the Hard Way. Fuse 9(3): 6-7.(1985, Fall).
  • The pursuit of innocence: Youth and censorship. Fuse 4 (6). pp. 40-41. (1986)
  • Woodworkers Support Haida. Fuse 9(5): 11-12. (1986, February/March).
  • More on Sex in B.C. Fuse 10(5): 22-3. (1987, April). (about debate on sex education for children and youth in B.C.)
  • Hard, Harder, Hardest: B.C. Writhes Again. Fuse 11(1-2): 35-6. (1987, Summer).  (about Bill 19, The Industrial Labour Relations Reform Act)
  • Going Down The Road. Fuse 11(5): 8. (1988, March-April). (about privatization (Highways Department sale))
  • Gay Barriers Games. Fuse 11(5): 47-8. (1988, March-April). (about Health Status Amendment Act (Bill 34) in general and potential impact on Gay Games 1990)

You've Got Ten Minutes To Get That Flag Down...: Proceedings of The Halifax Conference: A National Forum on Canadian Cultural Policy. Bruce, H. & Ross, M. Toronto: James Lorimer & Company Limited, 1986.
Diamond contributes to discussions noted in "From the Floor" and "Mechanisms for Consultation" chapters

Faces of Feminism: Portraits of Women Across Canada. Toronto: Second Story Press. Harris, P. (1992).
Includes words written by the women portrayed; Diamond is one of the artists included in this work.

Taylor’s Way: Women, Culture and Technology. In J. Terry & M. Calvert (Eds.), Processed Lives: Gender and Technology in Everyday Life (pp. 56-66). London, England: Routledge, 1997.

Sensing What We Know. In J. Buchanen (Ed.), Conference Proceedings Graphics Interface. Ottawa: IEEE, 2001.

States of Discourse-Dialogues in Symmetry. Symmetry: A Synthesis of Constancy and Change, Proceedings of the Symmetry Festival 2003, part 2. Budapest: International Symmetry Foundation, 2003.  739-741.
This is from a special issue of Symmetry: Culture and Science, 14-15 part 2.

Collaborative Working Methods: The Banff Method. In L. Goodman & K. Milton (Eds.), A Guide To Good Practice in Collaborative Working Methods and New Media Tools Creation (By and For Artists and the Cultural Sector) (pp. 84-101). London, England: Arts and Humanities Data Service of Kings College, 2005. Read this paper online from AHDS

Sara Diamond: Writing about Education

BRIDGES I: Interdisciplinary Collaboration as Practice. Celia Pearce, Sara Diamond and Mark Beam. Leonardo. Vol. 36, No. 2 (2003), pp. 123-128

Moving Out of Bounds: Expanding the Field of Art Education. In Rethinking the Contemporary Art School: The Artist, the PhD, and the Academy.  ed. Brad Buckley and John Conomos. Press of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. 2009. Available at OCADU Library.

Analyzing student travel patterns with augmented data visualizations. Skelton, Carl and Juneja, Manpreet Kaur and Dunne, Cody and Bowes, Jeremy and Szigeti, Steve and Zheng, Minsheng and Gordon, Marcus A. and Diamond, Sara (2017) In: Proceedings of the 2017 ACM Conference Companion Publication on Designing Interactive Systems, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, 10-14 Jun 2017.   Read online.

Sara Diamond: Artist as Interviewer

An interview with Mona Hatoum. Fuse. 04/01/1987

Blueprints for survival: Artists construct The Civil Defense Information Centre. Fuse Magazine, 6 (3). 1982.  pp. 132-137.  Read online.

Woman to woman: Talking art. Fuse Magazine, 7 (1&2).  1983. pp. 47-53.  Read online.

Will that be cash or consciousness: The Moral Lepers discuss feminism and the music scene. Fuse Magazine, 7 (4). 1983.  pp. 165-170.  Read online.

Still sane: Interview with sculptress Persimmon Blackridge. Fuse Magazine, 8 (3). 1984.  pp. 30-35.  Read online.

Performance: And interview with Mona Hatoum. Fuse Magazine, 10 (5). 1987.  pp. 46-52.  Read online.