Leslie Sharpe

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    Leslie Sharpe is a Cana­dian Artist who di­vides her time be­tween Al­berta, Canada, and In­di­ana Uni­ver­sity, Bloom­ing­ton, where she is As­so­ci­ate Pro­fes­sor of Dig­i­tal Art. Sharpe has been an artist in res­i­dence at P.S. 1 Mu­seum/In­sti­tute for Con­tem­po­rary Art in New York, The Banff Cen­tre in Canada, and Vi­sual Stud­ies Work­shop in Rochester, NY, and most re­cently at Iv­vavik Na­tional Park in the Cana­dian Arc­tic. Her work has been ex­hib­ited at the Pom­pi­dou Cen­tre (Paris), Banff Cen­tre (Canada), Ob­ser­va­tori fes­ti­val (Spain), Ki­asma Mu­seum of Con­tem­po­rary Art (Fin­land), and in New York at P.S. 1 In­si­tute of Con­tem­po­rary Art, Exit Art, The New Mu­seum, Artists Space, and Franklin Fur­nace. Her writ­ing has been pub­lished in Leonardo Elec­tronic Al­manac/MIT Press, Frame­work, New Ob­ser­va­tions, and in the forth­com­ing book Far Field: Dig­i­tal Cul­ture, Cli­mate Change and the Poles. Sharpe works pri­mar­ily in in­stal­la­tion and loca­tive/mo­bile media pro­jects, from works draw­ing on genre (crime sto­ries to ghost sto­ries) to re­cent works ad­dress­ing the pol­i­tics and his­tory of place within the con­text of tech­nol­ogy and cli­mate change. Her cur­rent pro­ject North­ern Cross­ings com­bines tele­met­ric data of an­i­mals mov­ing through the Arc­tic with her own move­ments in the Cana­dian North as well as raw ma­te­ri­als gath­ered on-site, such as an­i­mal casts, pho­tog­ra­phy, audio and video. Other re­cent works in­clude Spec­u­la­tions at the Re­mote, a video work on the Al­berta Tar Sands; and Fever, a loca­tive walk for two lo­ca­tions of Mar­coni’s first transat­lantic wire­less trans­fers in New­found­land, Nova Sco­tia, Cape Cod, and Poldhu, UK.


    Leslie Sharpe is a Canadian artist living in the United States. She is Assistant Professor of Digital Art at Indiana University at Bloomington and was a Faculty Fellow in Visual Arts at University of California, San Diego from 2002-2004. She is the winner of the Nabi Prize/ Wireless Art Competiton for her work “The Spell of the Haunted Handheld” and has shown her work in the United States, Canada and Europe.

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  • Bloomington, Indiana, United States of America

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