During the month of March, 2016, a series of events will be hosted by The University of Regina Humanities Research Institute and by Creative Technologies @ MAP. The events draw attention to human condition and situational experiences within the prairies through the exploration of locational datasets, the creation and impact of visualizing information in new ways and the contribution of information into the public domain.

The events include the Humanizing Data on the Prairies Conference and hackathon (March 4-5), hosting plenary presentations by data and visualization experts from Leeds Beckett University, Carleton University, and the University of Regina. This is preceded by the Barbara Powell Memorial Lecture (March 3), delivered by Dr. Erik Steiner, Creative Director and co-founder of the Spatial History Project at the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA) at Stanford University and a former President of the North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS). On International Women’s Day (March 8) the first ART+FEMINISM Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon will take place at the University of Regina where students, community and the public are invited to take part in building more prairie-focused content into the information platform.

More events will be added throughout the month of March.

March 3 – Dr. Barbara Powell Visiting Lecture presented by Erik Steiner.


Erik Steiner is the Creative Director and co-founder of the Spatial History Project at the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA) at Stanford University and a former President of the North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS). He is an interaction designer and cartographer working at the intersection of technology, creative arts, and academic scholarship in the humanities and social, and environmental sciences


Luther College Chapel, University of Regina, 3737 Wascana Parkway
8:30am – 8:30pm

Please join us for an “epic” reading of John Milton’s Paradise Lost. Former University of Regina President and current University of Manitoba President, Dr. David Barnard, will return to campus to reprise his role as Narrator – a part that requires him to perform over the entire course of the 12-hour event

March 4 & 5 – Digital Humanities Conference & Hackathon

The Humanizing Data on the Prairies Conference and hackathon will host plenary presentations by data and visualization experts from Leeds Beckett University, Carleton University and the University of Regina. This will be followed by a full day of team driven creative investigation of prairie-based datasets drawn from Library & Archives of Canada and Statistics Canada.

COLD+ART/ Creative Technologies and Improvisation Artist Residency

Curated by Rebecca Caines + Megan Smith

March 11-13

This pilot artist residency explores improvisation, the body, technology and art making through responding to winter lakes in Saskatchewan. A group of 8 improvisation-based artists and curators will spend 3 days in the Northern Saskatchewan lake areas walking, ice fishing, skiing and exploring ice and landscape as creative stimulus for audio art, audiovisual work and visual practices including data visualization and sonification

March 8 – ART + FEMINISM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon



Art+Feminism is a rhizomatic campaign, held globally, that improves coverage of women & the arts on Wikipedia and it encourages female editorship. Our event will work towards generating more prairie-focused content. If you would like to take part in this event please RSVP via EVENTBRITE or directly on our Wikipedia Meetup page.

MARCH 18 – ART FOR LUNCH presented by the Department of Visual Arts, Faculty of Media, Art + Performance & New Dance Horizons.

​Peter von Tiesenhausen

050 Ridell Centre, University of Regina, 3737 Wascana

Peter has exhibited and lectured widely across Canada as well as in Europe, the United States and Mexico.  He has had over 50 solo and many group exhibitions, which have been widely reviewed and the subject of 3 national television documentaries including a one hour award winning film “Elemental” produced in 2000 for “Adrienne Clarkson Presents”. The land where he lives constitutes his primary and ongoing artwork and in 1995 he claimed copyright over that land.  He has been successful on several occasions defending this artwork against the incursions of multinational corporate interests


Map of performance above, 3737 Wascana Parkway
10:15am – 11:15pm

Students in the Creative Technologies class CTH202 “The Tablet Orchestra” will be performing original data-based graphic scores at locations around the University of Regina campus. These students are collecting data across the University of Regina campus, including foot traffic, ambient noise, acoustic properties of space, and audio transcribed digital photographs.



The Creative Technologies program recognizes visionary research at the intersection of the arts, sciences, technology and culture through forming a collaborative network that fosters new and innovative interdisciplinary opportunities for students and researchers alike. The program maintains a Makers Space Media Lab within the Faculty of Media, Art + Performance at the University of Regina that provides students and community with access to the tools and resources they need to build projects and to prototype ideas that bridge the areas of computer science, engineering, art, interaction and information.

Dr. Megan Smith, Assistant Professor in Creative Technologies is a new media artist and curator. Her art practice probes new systems for delivering syndicated data through narrative structure and she often works with geo-location, live-feed installation, and community projects as methods for storytelling. In December 2015 she embarked on a 18-month durational performance called ‘Riding Through Walls’ which takes shape as a live-cast Canada cycle through Google Streetview from behind the bars of a stationary bike within her studio in Regina.

The Humanities Research Institute (HRI) supports and promotes the broad range of humanities research activities that occur at the University of Regina and in its federated colleges. Working across the disciplines, the HRI advances humanities scholarship and research and develops innovation, interdisciplinarity, and collaboration. The HRI fosters new ways of thinking about ourselves and our world, and is designed to create a vibrant intellectual community among University of Regina students, faculty and staff, and the broader provincial, national, and international world that the HRI serves.

Dr. Christian Riegel, Director of the HRI, teaches Canadian literature, the elegy, nature poetry, the long poem, and Holocaust writing. He has published five books: Twenty-First Century Canadian Writers, in the Dictionary of Literary Biography (Gale Research, 2007), Response to Death: The Literary Work of Mourning (U of Alberta Press/Canadian Review of Comparative Literature, 2005), Writing Grief: Margaret Laurence and the Work of Mourning (U of Manitoba Press, 2003), Challenging Territory: The Writing of Margaret Laurence (U of Alberta Press, 1997), A Sense of Place: Re-evaluating Regionalism in Canadian and American Writing (with Herb Wyile; U of Alberta Press/Textual Studies in Canada 9, 1998).

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