Erika-Jean lives in Treaty 1 territory, the original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota and Dene peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation.
This site is entangled with the Mississippi migratory flyway, the bed of an ancient glacial lake, the northern limit of the monarch butterfly's migration, 300 km from the geographic centre of Turtle Island. 49° 53' 42.2772'' N 97° 8' 18.4236'' W.
Erika-Jean Lincoln challenges existing knowledges and ideologies embedded in symbols, systems, and objects. Her method of artmaking speaks from a perspective of cognitive difference in the style of non-conformity, un-doing, mis-fitting, and troubling.
Using the techniques of hacking, tinkering, circuit bending, creative coding, and critical making she focuses on how errors, glitches, noise, and unexpected behaviours can give rise to fluctuating timelines, divergent perceptions, and alternative modes of communication. She makes artworks that use elements of automation, duration, and interaction incorporating sculpture, sound, video, robotics, and computation. Her artworks are built to be arranged in multiple configurations, time based to allow for material accumulations, or programmed to reveal emergent behaviours through viewer interaction. She incorporates these features into her artworks to emphasise that art is flexible, responsive, interconnected, and inseparable from the larger world.
She is currently researching artificial intelligence framed by the concepts of extended cognition, neurodiversity, and crip technoscience. Erika has recently collaborated with the Manitoba Neuroscience Network and MAWA in a neuro feminist learning partnership. She has participated in residencies at the Banff Centre (Canada), Medialab Prado (Spain), and Plug-IN ICA (Canada). Recent exhibitions include the University of Winnipeg (Canada), Science Gallery (Ireland), MAT-UCSB (USA), Boston Cyberarts Gallery (USA), and The Bauhaus-Archiv (Germany).