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  • Based in New York City, Elizabeth Ulanova works at the intersection of visual art, cultural history, and technology. California-born, she both studied and worked overseas in Asia after finishing high school early. With professional experience in international business liaison, corporate education, and journalism in top Chinese firms, she then moved to New England in pursuance of interests in technology, and entrepreneurship. Alongside her studies, she developed digital startups as a Boston biotech foundation’s first ever entrepreneur-in-residence before matriculating at Columbia University in New York. At Columbia, Elizabeth studied the visual arts to the renowned Core, graduating magna cum laude (B.A) whilst also served as the Ivy League Council's national president emeritus and co-head of the US expansion of Project Access. Beginning Fall 2019, Elizabeth will be pursuing her masters' degree (M.Phil) in the sociology of media and culture at the University of Cambridge.

     

    Elizabeth has a lifelong passion for travel and has currently visited countries on 5 continents. Her favorite hobbies include dance, watching cooking shows, storytelling, and collecting vintage sorts. She is ardent about mental health awareness and is a fan of open media platforms such as TED.

  • My Work

    My research and artistry are focused on analyzing and synthesizing technology-inspired-culture and culture-inspired-technology.

     

    This comes in several folds 1) exploring the sociological questions that inevitably arise when technology and culture overlap via qualitative, ethnographic methodology, 2) showcasing digital hypotheses and cultural critiques through kinetic art and original film, 3) synthesizing human-computer interactions as analytical frameworks to better understand human behavior and society, 4) stimulating active engagement of conversations regarding digital culture through new media, and 5) studying to transform the way in which we design and perceive modern digital interfaces.

  • Select Research

    "Social Interactions Through the Analytical Framework of Technology-Inspired-Culture and Culture-Inspired-Technology"

    an upcoming graduate SOCIOLOGY research thesis that will be conducted using qualitative, ethnographic methods at the University of cambridge

    How does existing technology transform and impact our culture, as well as pinpoint and highlight existing human social behavior? Specifically, this research will explore the role of social media technology in regards to the quality of interpersonal human relationships. It will also aim to answer if technology is used as an apparatus to inflate and deflate existing human compulsions rather than being a destructive tool on its own. This research will be an analysis of present-day technology, as a lens to view and critique modern human impulses and interactivity.

    "Clashings of Art, Culture, and Technology in a Digital Anthropological World"

    A year-long studio-based thesis composed of a series of original short films, kinetic art installations, and academic inquiry. Conducted via both Honors Independent Studies as well as Columbia University Visual Arts Honors Senior Thesis I (advanced video) & senior thesis II studio. Projects Supervised by Matthew Buckingham (Department Chair), Nicola Lopez (Department Director), Serra Victoria Bothwell Fels, and Sondra perry.

    For my theses at Columbia University, I created original short films and installations that showcased alternative universes set in the immediate future. These storylines were centered around the modification or mediation of human behavior through fictional technology. For example, “Voices” critiqued the nature of internal transparency and surveillance within society, through the lens of a fictionalized world that mandates its citizens to wear telepathic brain microchips. Likewise, “Remember” focused on the subjective role of memory through the apparatus of glasses that record and playback every one of life’s moments. The goal of these projects was to present the sociological questions that inevitably arise when technology and culture overlap. Hence, I wanted audiences to digest my hypotheses in an engaging, visceral manner (through media) while I visually critiqued our human behavioral and cultural patterns. In my last thesis film “Connection," I focused on social interactivity and the role of self-medication through the framework of bioengineered pills that induce apathy. Live installations that included the utilization of video projection, sculpture, and paintings, such as “Cracked”, “Screens”, and “Body”, were also produced as tangible mixed collages that sought to create said dialogue in the physical sphere. In conclusion, I did not seek to predict the future, but rather to continually analyze and synthesize the influence of technology-inspired-cultures and culture-inspired-technology.

     

    Exhibition: Leroy Neiman Gallery, December 2018, Manhattan, New York.

  • Current Positions

    2018-2019 / 2019-2020

    For past positions and full resume, please refer to Linkedin

    For Linkedin Profile (click here)

    Born in California, based in New York. Educated globally, experienced in working in multidisciplinary industries, non-traditional, and internationally traveled. Currently working and studying at the intersection of art, culture, and technology.

    University of Cambridge

    master's Degree

    master of philosophy - m.phil, sociology of media and culture

    2019-2020

    M.Phil in Sociology; The Sociology of Media and Culture
    •Research proposal: "Social Interactions Through the Analytical Framework of Technology-Inspired-Culture and Culture-Inspired-Technology"
    •Incoming matriculation for 2019-2020 academic year at Downing College

    Project Access

    (Manhattan, New York, HQ in London, UK)

    Co-head of us expansion

    2018-2019

    A global London-based non-profit, tech-enabled startup focused on education with 20+ international country teams and partnered with top universities and companies (ex: Cambridge, Oxford, Mckinsey, etc)
    •co-led the American expansion as a social entrepreneurship startup after years of Project Access' global success in bringing students to the UK
    •strategy, partnerships, product and business development, tech, and marketing for the overarching American operation
    •highlights include: launching PA-USA at Deloitte NYC, co-founding 5 campus teams (Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Brown, UPenn), and PA-USA research task force; partnership with Wharton GRC; and training mentees in Vienna for PA-Austria.

    Columbia University in the City of New York

    BAchelor's Degree

    Bachelor of arts - b.a, VisUal Arts, MaGna Cum Laude

    2016 - 2019

    3.86 GPA

    Honors: Magna Cum Laude (High Honors), Dean's List, Leadership Service Award, Senior Thesis Stipend Award, Senior Thesis, Independent Study (Department Chair, Matthew Buckingham), Tuition Scholarship, Junior Marshall Selectee, Spectator Senior Profile

    Senior Thesis: "Clashings of Art, Culture, and Technology in a Digital Anthropological World" (Advisors: Matthew Buckingham, Nicola Lopez, Serra Victoria Fels)
    Activities: Ivy Council National, Ivy Council Steering, First Generation Student Advisory Board, Orientation Leader, Peer Mentor, Ivy Policy Conference, Ivy Leadership Summit, Spring Gala Design Co-Chair, Apollo Society, Latin Dance
    Courses Taken: Visual Art, Art History, Architecture in addition to Columbia's Core that includes Global History, Literature, Music, and Biological Sciences. Additional courses: Chinese Language and Literature (CQU), and Social and Computer Sciences (HU).

    Ivy Council

    (Manhattan, New York)

    national president emeritus

    •Former National President, National Vice President of Technology, Columbia Head Delegate, and IPC Director of Technology. Elected from regional conference director to national president in 1.5 years.
    •During my time at IVC, I have led all executive efforts for Ivy Council National that oversaw all 8 Ivy League chapters, annual Ivy League Leadership conferences, philanthropy, publication, and international ventures (Eastern Economic Forum, United Nations YA, etc), including 30 officers and 1,300 members.
    •Created annual IVC-NYC Retreat. Spearheaded EEF partnership, IVC-NYC Speaker Series, and IVC's overall shift to leadership development (Ivy Innovation Conference), built the foundational structure for IVC Alumni Association and Board of Governors. Created first-ever streamlined websites, digital timeline, archive, and applications, brokered strategic partnerships, implemented national digital marketing, social media, operational campaigns, and policy. Led Columbia IVC's highest enrollment year.

  • Select Videos & Art

    “I began both coding, as well as making art for the first time in my life in 2016. So far it has been one of the most interesting journeys..." - Eli

    2018:

    "Clashings of Art, Culture, and Technology in a Digital Anthropological World"

    Full Thesis Series Portfolio and Statement here.

     

    For PDF only click here

    "Connection"

    Conceptual Short Film

    "Voices"

    Conceptual Short Film

    "Remember"

    Conceptual Short Film

    "Cracked"

    Kinetic Sculpture and Video Installation

    "Body"

    Kinetic Sculpture and Video Installation

    "Human Wifi"

    Kinetic Sculpture and Performance Installation

    2016-2018:

     

    Mixed Media, Film, and Digital Media Portfolio

     

    Select Portfolio here.

    "Escape"

    Oil on Canvas.

    2017:

     

    "Self-Portraiture: Patere"

     

    Select Project Series Portfolio and Statement here.

    "Fake"

    Conceptual Art Video

    "Narratus"

    Mixed Media

    "Patere"

    Photography and Silkscreen Printmaking

    "Zane"

    Conceptual Short Film

    2016-2018:

     

    "Minerals: A Loose Collection of Abstract Paintings, and Drawings"

    Select Portfolio here

    2016:

     

    "PenPairs: A Meaningful Connection"

    Select Project Series Portfolio here.

  • Why Human-Centered-Design?

    Artists make the intangible, tangible. They transform emotions - anger, hurt, euphoria into visible pieces of art.

    Architects inspect the environment around us - rendering empty space into some of the most memorable landmarks to the human eye. Both professions are arguably traditional, practical, and timeless disciplines whom have since the dawn of time placed the human as the focal point of their creation. Now, technology is the future - non-traditional, unconventional and designed to convenient our lives whilst pushing our computational limits. But yet, can the iPhone be compared to the Mona Lisa? And can Samsung transfix us like Monet? Therefore, I yearn to craft technology with the training and perspective of both an artist and an architect. Transforming and creating new forms of tech that combines emotionless, but innovative computations with the abstractions and passions conveyed through traditional art.

  • Select Projects

    COLUMBIA STUDIOS:

    Architecture & Mixed Media Studios

    Fall 2016:

    1. Design Futures Studio Project 1: "Energy Calendar"

    COMPLETED

    2. Design Futures Studio Project 2: "Wearable Resume"

    COMPLETED

    3. Design Futures Studio Project 3: "Interventional Device"

    COMPLETED

     

    Spring 2017:

    1. Intro To Arch Studio Project 1: Perception, What is Outside on the Inside, What is Inside on the Outside

    COMPLETED

     

    Fall 2017:

    1. Mixed Media Studio:

    Project 1: "A Day In My Sandal"

    COMPLETED

    2. Mixed Media Studio:

    Project 2: "Depressions of Love"

    COMPLETED

    3. Mixed Media Studio:

    Project 3: "Constructions From Nature"

    COMPLETED

    4. Mixed Media Studio:

    Project 4: "Human Body By Tape"

    COMPLETED

    5. Mixed Media Studio:

    Project 5: "Surrealist Image"

    COMPLETED

    6. Mixed Media Studio:

    Project 6: "Self Portrait

    COMPLETED

    7. Mixed Media Studio:

    Project 7: "Collectibles"

    COMPLETED

    8. Mixed Media Studio:

    Project 8: "Final Project: Narratus"

    COMPLETED

    COLUMBIA STUDIOS:

    Fine Art : Painting & Drawing Studios

    Spring 2017:

    1. Drawing Studio Project Part 1: "Patere" - Photography in Black and White

    COMPLETED

    2. Drawing Studio Project Part 2: "Patere" - Drawing in Charcoal and Watercolor markers

    COMPLETED

     

    Summer 2017:

    1. History Class: Masterpieces of Western Art

    COMPLETED

     

    Fall 2017:

    1. Drawing II Studio

    A. Plant Based Study Project

    COMPLETED

    B. Human Vertebrae Project

    COMPLETED

    C. Metamorphosis Project

    IN PROGRESS

     

    2. Painting I Studio

    A. Vogue Replica

    COMPLETED

    B. Paint From Imagination

    COMPLETED

    C. Self Choice Painting

    COMPLETED

    D. Self Portrait Painting

    COMPLETED

    E. Painting from Nature Painting

    COMPLETED

    F. Trip-Tych Painting

    COMPLETED

    G. Final Large Studio Painting "Impressions"

    COMPLETED

    G. Final Medium Studio Painting "Ochre"

    COMPLETED

     

    Spring 2018:

    1. Paint From Imagination 'Escape'

    COMPLETED

    2.Paint From Imagination 'Void'

    COMPLETED

    3.Paint From Imagination 'Calm Down'

    COMPLETED

    COLUMBIA STUDIOS:

    Film Laboratories & Video Studios

    Fall 2016:

    1. Fiction Film Lab: Short Film "You"

    COMPLETED

    2. Fiction Film Lab: Short Film "Park"

    COMPLETED

    3. Fiction Film Lab: Short Film "Dodge"

    COMPLETED

    4. Fiction Film Lab: Final Original Short Film "Zane" COMPLETED

     

    Fall 2017:

    1. Beginning Video Studio:

    "Fake" : A Conceptual Art Video

    COMPLETED

    2. Beginning Video Studio:

    "After Suicide" : A Documentary

    COMPLETED

    3. Beginning Video Studio:

    "Facets" : A Narrative

    COMPLETED

    4. Beginning Video Studio:​

    "Remember" : A Short Conceptual Film​

    COMPLETED

     

    Spring 2018:

    1.Advanced Video Studio:

    A. "Voices"

    A World Where Our Thoughts Can Be Heard

    COMPLETED

     

    Fall 2018:

    .1"Connection"

    A World Where Our Emotions Subside"

    COMPLETED

     

    .2. "Screens"

    COMPLETED

     

    .3. "Body"

    COMPLETED

    COLUMBIA STUDIOS:

    Fine Art : Printmaking & Sculpture Studios

    Summer 2017:

    1. Printmaking Silkscreen Studio:

    A. Black and White Original Photography Print

    COMPLETED

    B. 2 Color Original Text Print

    COMPLETED

    C. 3 Color Original Print (Hand-drawn)

    COMPLETED

    D. 3 Color Original Print (Digitally-drawn)

    COMPLETED

     

    Spring 2018:

    1. Sculpture 1 Studio

    A. WoodWork Sculpture

    "Elements"

    COMPLETED

    B. Plaster + Projection Mapping Sculpture

    "Cracked"

    COMPLETED

    C. MetalWork Sculpture + Projection Mapping Installation

    'Human Wifi'

    COMPLETED

     

    Fall 2018:

    .1"Looney Tunes'

    COMPLETED

    Ivy Council Technology Projects

    Spring 2017 - Early Fall 2018

    Ivy Council Executive Board Technology Relaunch:

     

    1. Main IVC Website

     

    2. Year-Round IPC Website

     

    3. Year-Round ILS Website

     

     

     

    A Meaningful Connection​

    Tackling social isolation and loneliness for persons of all ages and backgrounds - Penpairs connects the world as virtual penpals through a global social network.

     

    Project Timeline: Spring 2016 - 2018

     

    It Can Always Be Worse​

    Your real life stories of THEE worst breakups, dates, hookups, rejections, and pick-up lines.

     

    Project Timeline: Spring 2016 - 2018

    Where Startups Go To Die (Properly)

    Give your failed startup a proper funeral or have a stroll in our lovely graveyard.

     

    Project Timeline: Spring 2016 - 2018

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