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  • Elizabeth Ulanova works at the intersection of technology, culture, and art. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree from the University of Cambridge (M.Phil, Sociology of Media and Culture) where she was awarded a Twining Egginton Prize, and is a graduate of Columbia University with her bachelor’s degree (B.A, Visual Arts, Magna Cum Laude) with great distinction, a multi-recipient of the Dean's List Award and awardee of the Leadership Service Award. Elizabeth is presently conducting research in tech and new media sociology, such as the impact social media has on romantic relationships. She has also artistically exhibited original film and kinetic art in both New York and England. California-born, she is a New Yorker at heart, and currently lives in England.

    Professionally, Elizabeth has held positions at startups and international organizations, such as national president for The Ivy League Student Council and co-head of the US expansion of Project Access International (New York). Prior to Columbia, she developed digital startups as the first-ever entrepreneur-in-residence for a biotech foundation (Boston), worked in business liaison, journalism, and corporate education (Asia), and studied Mandarin Chinese, after finishing high school early (California). Elizabeth has a lifelong love for travel and has currently visited countries on 5 continents. Her favorite hobbies include dance, watching cooking shows and TED, crime mysteries, poetry, and collecting vintage sorts.

  • 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 methodology, 2) showcasing digital hypotheses and cultural critiques through kinetic art, and original film and 3) synthesizing human-computer interactions as analytical frameworks to better understand human behavior and society.

  • Select Research

    "The Influence of Social Media on Modern Romantic Relationships"

    a graduate SOCIOLOGY research thesis conducted at the University of Cambridge, department of sociology. supervisor: dr. rikke amundsen

    The role of social media technology has had a profound influence on modern romantic relationships in the past decade. This dissertation critically reviews empirical literature from the field of new media studies (situated within the broader field of media and communications) that focus on the heightened impact of social media usage in the beginning to maintenance stages of romantic relationships. Moreover, gaps in the current literature are explored, such as limitations in the demographics and romantic relationship stages that are analyzed for data collection. For example, the paucity of published literature regarding how social media affects relationships past once users meet their partners is examined. Furthermore, this review questions the scope and focus of existing empirical case studies as well as highlights the importance of literary representation and the cruciality of diversity in this emerging field. It is important to note that this research is focused specifically on social media (such as Facebook), however, this does not exclude dating websites and applications (such as Tinder) that utilize social media profiles within its algorithms. Ultimately, future research must become more invested in inclusivity, namely who and what is represented both topically and empirically, to allow for more insightful exploration into this burgeoning research area regarding the influence of social media on modern romantic relationships.

     

    Ongoing 2020

    Conference Presentations:

    • October 2020: Downing College, University of Cambridge, Downing Graduate Conference 2020 (Select Research Presenter) - "The Influence of Social Media on Modern Romantic Relationships"
    • January 2020: Downing College, University of Cambridge, MCR-SCR Seminar Night (Select Main Research Speaker)  - "Social Intimacy in an Age of Tech-Inspired-Culture"

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

    A studio-based thesis composed of a series of original short films, kinetic art installations, and academic inquiry. Conducted via both Columbia University Visual Arts Honors Senior Thesis I (advanced video) & senior thesis II studio as well as Honors Independent Studies. 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.

    Completed: January 2018 - December 2018

  • Current Positions

    2018-2019 / 2019-2020

    For past positions and full resume, please refer to Linkedin

    For Linkedin Profile (click here)

    England-based. California-born. Globally-educated. Professionally experienced in multidisciplinary industries, non-traditional, and internationally traveled. Currently working and studying at the intersection of visual art, cultural sociology, and media technology.

    University of Cambridge

    master's Degree

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

    2019-2020

    Research-based master's degree in Sociology. The Cambridge Department of Sociology is ranked first in UK league tables. Postgraduate at Downing College.
    Master's Thesis: "The Influence of Social Media on Modern Romantic Relationships" (Supervisor: Dr. Rikke Amundsen)
    Honors: The Mr and Mrs Geoffrey Twining Egginton Prize, Downing Graduate Conference (Select Research Presenter), Downing College MCR-SCR Seminar (Select Research Presenter), Downing College Twining Egginton Exhibition (Select Art Exhibitor), Downing College Cedar Tree Exhibition (Select Art Exhibitor), Seton Cavendish Bequest Grant
    Activities: Downing College MCR, Cambridge Tap and Jazz Dance Society, Cambridge Technology and New Media Research Cluster, Cambrovision

    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, FIRST CLASS

    Honors: Magna Cum Laude (High Honors/Great Distinction), Dean's List, Leadership Service Award, Senior Thesis Stipend Award, Senior Thesis Studio, 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, One For The World, 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 (Chongqing University), and Social and Computer Sciences (Harvard University)

    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 from Rockefeller Center, co-founding 5 Ivy League campus teams, and PA-USA research task force; partnership with Wharton GRC; and training mentees in Vienna.

    Ivy Council

    (Manhattan, New York)

    national president emeritus

    •Former National President (2018), National Vice President of Technology (2017-2018), Columbia Head Delegate (2017), and IPC Director of Technology (2017). Elected from regional conference director to national president in 1.5 years.
    •Led executive efforts for Ivy Council National that oversaw all 8 Ivy League chapters, annual conferences (Ivy Policy Conference, Ivy Leadership Summit, IVC-NYC Speaker Series, IVC-NYC Retreat, etc), philanthropy, publication, and international ventures including 30 officers and 1,300 members.
    •Created first-ever streamlined online and digital presence, brokered strategic partnerships (Eastern Economic Forum,etc), implemented national marketing, operational campaigns, and policy. Led Columbia IVC's highest enrollment year, oversaw IVC's shift to a leadership organization, and restructured internal infrastructure.

  • Select Current Projects

    Independent Art Projects, Productions, and Exhibitions

    2016 - Present

    Originally produced, written, directed, and edited original short films & video projects, as well as original mixed media, sculpture, painting and kinetic art installation projects.

     

    Notable projects include: "Fake" (Short Video), "Remember" (Short Film), "Voices" (Short Film), "Connection"(Short Film), "Human Wifi"(Sculptural Kinetic Installation), "Cracked"(Sculptural Kinetic Installation), "Screens" (Sculptural Kinetic Installation), "Body" (Sculptural Kinetic Installation), Patere (Silkscreen Printmaking and Photography).

     

    Ongoing projects: 

    • "Sensory" A Collection of Fluid Acrylics, 2020

    Exhibitions:

    • 2020/21 - Downing College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England (Upcoming)
    • 2020 - Virtual Exhibit, Downing College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England
    • 2020 - Battcock Lodge, Downing College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England
    • 2018 - Leroy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University,  Manhattan, New York
    • 2018 - Prentis Hall, Columbia University, Manhattan, New York.
    • 2017 - Prentis Hall, Columbia University, Manhattan, New York.
    • 2016 - Prentis Hall, Columbia University, Manhattan, New York.
  • Select Writings

    To view my academia.edu click here and researchgate.net click here

  • Select Videos & Art

    “I began making art for the first time in 2016. So far it has been an interesting journey..." - Eli

    2020:

    "Sensory: A Collection of Fluid Acrylics"

    Select Series Portfolio and Statement here

    2020:

    "Minerals: A Collection of Abstract Oils"

    Select Series Portfolio and Statement here

    2018:

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

    Full Thesis Series Portfolio and Statement here.

     

    For PDF only click here

    2016-2018:

     

    Elizabeth Ulanova: Film and Mixed Media Portfolio

     

    Select Art Portfolio here.

    Conceptual Short Film

    2018

     

    As a part of "Clashings" series

    Conceptual Short Film

    2018

     

    As a part of "Clashings" series

    Conceptual Short Film

    2018

     

    As a part of "Clashings" series

    Kinetic Sculpture and Video Installation

    2018

     

    As a part of "Clashings" series

    Kinetic Sculpture and Video Installation

    2018

     

    As a part of "Clashings" series

    "Human Wifi"

    Kinetic Sculpture and Performance Installation

    2018

     

    As a part of "Clashings" series

    Conceptual Art Video

    2018

     

    As a part of "Self-Portraiture" series

    2017:

     

    "Self-Portraiture: Patere"

     

    Select Series Portfolio and Statement here.

    "Narratus"

    Mixed Media

    2017

    "Patere"

    Photography and Silkscreen Printmaking

    2017

    "Zane"

    Conceptual Short Film

    2017

    2016:

     

    "PenPairs: A Meaningful Connection"

  • Select Press

    Leroy Neiman Gallery Exhibition

    Columbia University

    2018

    University of Cambridge

    Downing College MCR-SCR Night 2020

    University of Cambridge

    The Mr and Mrs Geoffrey Twining Egginton 2020 Exhibition

    Downing College Cambridge

    University of Cambridge

    Downing College Cambridge Graduate Conference 2020

  • Contact

  • My Social Feed

  • Select Past 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

     

    Past:

    Ivy Policy Conference 2017 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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