"Minerals: A Collection of Abstract Oils"
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, 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.
"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.
2019 - 2020
"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
2019-2020 / 2020-2021
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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.
Harvard University Graduate School of Design
master of landscape architecture - m.L.A
3-year professional degree program MLA I in the #1 ranked landscape architecture graduate program in the USA.
•Honors: Harvard University Dean's Merit Scholarship for top-ranked incoming students at the GSD
University of Cambridge
master of philosophy - m.phil, sociology of media and culture
Research-based master's degree in Sociology. The Cambridge Department of Sociology is #1 ranked 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. Initiated the creation of the first-ever art studio for students use at Downing College (first student beta user), and the first student to propose an art residency.
Columbia University in the City of New York
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, Global History, Literature, Ethnomusicology, and Biological Sciences. Additional courses: Chinese Language and Literature (Chongqing University), and Social and Computer Sciences (Harvard University)
director of technology
FLIP National unites the efforts of stakeholders in solving problems facing first-generation and low-income students through its dual mission to promote equal opportunity by a) building supportive, sustainable student-led on-campus communities and coordinating the development of initiatives that provide direct support to these students, b) serve as a catalyst to increase public awareness, discussion, and c) bring about policy changes that prevent so many students from accessing opportunity in education.
Researcher, Visual Artist, and Filmmaker
(New York City, England, California)
•Columbia University (2016-2019), University of Cambridge (2019-2020)
•originally written research in cultural history, sociology, new media, art history, film history, ethnomusicology, and marine biology
•originally produced, written, directed, and edited short films & video projects
•original mixed media, kinetic art, sculpture, painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, and installation projects
(see projects section below for details, conference presentations, and artistic exhibitions)
(New York City, HQ in London, UK)
Co-head of us expansion
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.
(New York City)
former national president emeritus, national president of technology, Columbia head delegate, IPC director of technology
•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.
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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).
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“I began making art for the first time in 2016. So far it has been an interesting journey..." - Eli
"Minerals: A Collection of Abstract Oils"
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Architecture & Mixed Media Studios
1. Design Futures Studio Project 1: "Energy Calendar"
2. Design Futures Studio Project 2: "Wearable Resume"
3. Design Futures Studio Project 3: "Interventional Device"
1. Intro To Arch Studio Project 1: Perception, What is Outside on the Inside, What is Inside on the Outside
1. Mixed Media Studio:
Project 1: "A Day In My Sandal"
2. Mixed Media Studio:
Project 2: "Depressions of Love"
3. Mixed Media Studio:
Project 3: "Constructions From Nature"
4. Mixed Media Studio:
Project 4: "Human Body By Tape"
5. Mixed Media Studio:
Project 5: "Surrealist Image"
6. Mixed Media Studio:
Project 6: "Self Portrait
7. Mixed Media Studio:
Project 7: "Collectibles"
8. Mixed Media Studio:
Project 8: "Final Project: Narratus"
Fine Art : Painting & Drawing Studios
1. Drawing Studio Project Part 1: "Patere" - Photography in Black and White
2. Drawing Studio Project Part 2: "Patere" - Drawing in Charcoal and Watercolor markers
1. History Class: Masterpieces of Western Art
1. Drawing II Studio
A. Plant Based Study Project
B. Human Vertebrae Project
C. Metamorphosis Project
2. Painting I Studio
A. Vogue Replica
B. Paint From Imagination
C. Self Choice Painting
D. Self Portrait Painting
E. Painting from Nature Painting
F. Trip-Tych Painting
G. Final Large Studio Painting "Impressions"
G. Final Medium Studio Painting "Ochre"
1. Paint From Imagination 'Escape'
2.Paint From Imagination 'Void'
3.Paint From Imagination 'Calm Down'
Film Laboratories & Video Studios
1. Fiction Film Lab: Short Film "You"
2. Fiction Film Lab: Short Film "Park"
3. Fiction Film Lab: Short Film "Dodge"
4. Fiction Film Lab: Final Original Short Film "Zane" COMPLETED
1. Beginning Video Studio:
"Fake" : A Conceptual Art Video
2. Beginning Video Studio:
"After Suicide" : A Documentary
3. Beginning Video Studio:
"Facets" : A Narrative
4. Beginning Video Studio:
"Remember" : A Short Conceptual Film
1.Advanced Video Studio:
A World Where Our Thoughts Can Be Heard
A World Where Our Emotions Subside"
Fine Art : Printmaking & Sculpture Studios
1. Printmaking Silkscreen Studio:
A. Black and White Original Photography Print
B. 2 Color Original Text Print
C. 3 Color Original Print (Hand-drawn)
D. 3 Color Original Print (Digitally-drawn)
1. Sculpture 1 Studio
A. WoodWork Sculpture
B. Plaster + Projection Mapping Sculpture
C. MetalWork Sculpture + Projection Mapping Installation
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
©Elizabeth Ulanova 2016