Now Open!


Laurie Frick, Processing Interface_1, 2019, Hand-cut, hand-dyed khadi paper on 9 panels, 54"x 72"

Data, Mine
January 16 – February 19, 2019

Work by Hasan Elahi and Laurie Frick

Discussion and reception with the artists on Thursday, Jan. 24—details below!

Hasan Elahi and Laurie Frick create artwork inspired by information. Vast quantities of information.

Like generations of artists who came before them have done, Elahi and Frick respond to contemporary social, cultural, and political events. However, the relatively recent addition of technology has added to their toolkits as artists. The accessibility of big data and the ability to search, analyze and share that information allows these artists to create portraiture in compelling new ways, recognize fresh patterns and connections, and share that information with potentially billions of people worldwide. Elahi and Frick address issues of cultural migration and disappearance, self-surveillance, record keeping, and relationship mapping through a variety of common technological processes.

When examining the artworks in Data, Mine, beautiful patterns of information emerge, more referential to textile design than scientific graphs or lines of code. Similarly, questions begin to emerge, such as: What are the expectations of privacy when using the internet? Who owns our personal data? Do we have freedom of movement and expression? How can we use data to improve our mental and emotional health?

About the Artists

Hasan Elahi, who is a University of Maryland art professor, started an elaborate project in self-surveillance in the early 2000s when he was mistakenly put on a terrorist watch list. His work examines issues of surveillance, citizenship, migration, transport and challenges of borders and frontiers. Elahi has received great attention, earning major grants and fellowships from Guggenheim, Creative Capital, the Doris Duke Foundation of Islamic Art, and the Ford Foundation, among others. He was invited to speak about his work at the Tate Modern and has shown in numerous exhibitions, including the Centre Georges Pompidou, Sundance Film Festival, The Hermitage, and at the Venice Biennale. Elahi's work is frequently in the media and has been covered by the New York Times, Forbes, Wired, and The Colbert Report. When not on an airplane, Hasan resides in Portland, Oregon.

Laurie Frick, an artist with a business background, anticipates the future of data and envisions a time when personal data is a unique glimpse into our hidden personality. Her insights on consuming data have been featured on NPR, and The Atlantic and WIRED magazines; and she has been invited to talk at Google, Stanford, the Eyeo Festival, and TEDX Austin. Frick has been recognized for her work with numerous residencies and awards, including Samsung research and University of Texas Neuroscience lab. Frick holds an MFA from the New York Studio School, an MBA from the University of Southern California and studied at New York University’s ITP program. An energetic creator, in 2018 she built permanent data art installations at Facebook, Capital One, Downtown Austin, Texas A&M and Michigan State University. Frick is currently mining data from the OkCupid dating site to create visual patterns helping people to better understand one another. She lives in Austin, Texas.

YOU'RE INVITED—An Evening with the Artists 
Thursday, Jan. 24, 6-7 p.m.
Carrick Theater, Mitchell Fine Arts Center

Artists Hasan Elahi and Laurie Frick have appeared on the TED TALK stage, The Colbert Report, National Public Radio, and WIRED magazine. Now attend their talk, moderated by Dr. Emily Goodman: You’re Being Followed: A Discussion about Data Prediction, Privacy, and Digital Tracking. This conversation is followed by a reception for the artists in the Morlan Gallery.

Coinciding with the “Data, Mine” exhibition, Transylvania’s Creative Intelligence series will present two additional events:

Data Visualization with Tim Meko of The Washington Post
Thursday, Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m.
Carrick Theater, Mitchell Fine Arts Center
As the Post's Deputy Graphics Director, Tim Meko, uses data, design and code to distill the most complicated information into decipherable and often stunning visuals. The Transy alumnus will talk about his work and how he taps into his liberal arts education to do the job. 

Medical Application of Data and 3D Digital Elements
Thursday, Feb. 7, 7:30 p.m.
Carrick Theater, Mitchell Fine Arts Center
Medmovie distills life sciences information into comprehensible visual stories. 3D Systems creates digital anatomical models and animation for medical schools and rsearch, and is involved in biomedical and surgical application (3D printing sugurical elements). Learn from the people who do the work, including Kim and Rick Gersony of Medmovie and Miles Frasca of 3D Systems Corporation

All events are free and open to the public. This exhibition has been generously supported by Transylvania University's Digital Liberal Arts initiative.


Morlan Gallery is closed on Monday, January 21 for MLK Day. Special open hour during the evening is on Saturday, Feb. 16, 6:30-7:30 p.m.