Erika Jean is most comfortable immersed in the world of sonic rumblings, tactile sensations, and visual illusions. She reflects on her cross-sensory experiences through immersive installations and kinetic sculpture.
She uses the genre of New Media Art as an assistive device to express her intellectual and material investigations into the dominant ideologies and narratives embedded in technoscientific cultures and their objects. This practice involves re-engineering communication and information systems to provide alternative representations of the world from a neurodivergent perspective.
Erika Jean is a graduate of the University of Manitoba with a BFA in sculpture and video and BA in European history and philosophy. She has exhibited at The Hole (NYC); The Bauhaus-Archiv (Germany); The Science Gallery (Ireland); Boston Cyberarts Gallery (USA); MAT-UC Santa Barbera (USA); PlugIN-ICA (Canada). She has been awarded grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and attended residencies at Banff Centre (Canada), Medialab Prado (Spain), and the Blue Mountain Center (USA). Her collaborators include engineers at the University of Queens Ingenuity Lab and neuroscientists at the University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine.
Erika-Jean currently lives in Winnipeg-Treaty 1 territory, home of the Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) and Nehiyaw (Cree) original peoples, and national homeland of the Red River Metis.
This site is entangled with the Mississippi migratory flyway, on the bed of an ancient glacial lake, at 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.
1999 Bachelor of Fine Arts, First Class Honours, School of Art, University of Manitoba.
1993 Bachelor of Arts, History and Philosophy, University of Manitoba.
2019 Fugue, State Of. Video Pool Media Arts Centre. Winnipeg MB
2013 Artificial Turf. Art Gallery of Calgary, Calgary AB
2011 The Singing Condition. Winnipeg Art Gallery. Winnipeg MB
Free Space Loss. Video Pool Media Arts Centre. Winnipeg, MB
2010 Free Space Loss. Galerie B-312. Montreal, Quebec.
2007 Sidereal Projections. Video Pool. Winnipeg, MB
2004 Mitochondrial Desires. Video Pool, Winnipeg, MB.
2003 Scale. Portage Arts Centre, Portage La Prairie, MB.
2003 Scale. Ace Art Gallery. Winnipeg, MB.
2023 Visiting Artist. MAP, University of Regina. Canada
2023 Aqueous Ancestors, Blue Mountain Center, New York, USA.
2022 Water Knowledge, Summer Institute. PlugIn-ICA, Canada.
2022 Ingenuity Labs Research Institute, Queens University.
2021 Ferment A.I, UKAI Projects, Canada.
2020 Dura Mater: Reflections on Neuro-Feminisms, MAWA. Winnipeg.
2018 Beyond the Anthropocene: Banff Research in Culture Residency. Banff Centre Canada.
Visiting Artist. Sculpture department, NSCAD.
2017 Visiting Artist. School of Art, University of Manitoba.
2014 Artist in Residence. City of Winnipeg Urban Planning Department, Climate Change Office.
2013 Summer Institute, Plug In – ICA. Winnipeg, MB.
2010 Interactivos’10 Neighbourhood Science, Medialab Prado. Madrid, Spain
2009 Liminal Screen Residency, Banff New Media Institute. Banff, Canada
Interactivos’ 09, Garage Science, Medialab Prado, Madrid. Spain
2005 Optic Nerve Thematic Residency, Banff Centre for the Arts. Canada
2004 Artist in Residence, Video Pool. Winnipeg, Canada
2000 Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art. (MAWA). Mentoring Program
Sensing the Future:Moholy-Nagy, Media and the Arts. Oliver A. I. Botar. Lars Muller Publishers. Zurich 2014
Erika Lincoln: The Singing Condition. Essay by Mary Reid. Winnipeg Art Gallery. Winnipeg 2011
1.bild-rausch Videofestival. Edited by Ulrike Rosenbach. Bild-rausch. Saarbrucken, Germany. German/English 2008.
Pixxelpoint: Green Desert. Edited by Narvika Bovcon, Ales Vaupotic. Nova Gorica, Kulturni dom. Slovenian/English/Italian. 2007
Bug City. Essays by Gary Genosko, Doug Lewis, and Mary Reid. Winnipeg Art Gallery. Winnipeg 2005.
“Erika Lincoln: Signal and Signifier”. by Steve Loft, Poolside Magazine. Winnipeg 2005.
Frottements. Objets et Surfaces Sonores. Essay by Nicole Gingras. Musee National des Beaux-arts du Quebec, Quebec. French/English. 2004.
Twitch. Essays by Steve Dietz, Jennifer Woodbury and Risa Horowitz, Ace Art. Winnipeg. 2003.
“Scale”. By Reva Stone, Critical Distance, vol. 8:7 2003. Ace Art Winnipeg.
“What Files Above” by Alison Gillmor. Bordercrossings. Vol 37 N0.3 Issue 147. 2018.
“Machine Edge: An Interview with Erika Lincoln” by Cliff Eyland, Espace: Art Actuel. No.116-spring-summer 2017
“Eccentric and Imaginary: Language Play at the Dunlop Art Gallery.” National Gallery of Canada Magazine. By Shannon Moore. Aug. 2015
“Reflections on Saves Nine.” By Monica Martinez, Cahiers Métiers D’art-Craft Journal.Vol.7 No.2 2015
“La greffe en Sculpture” By Jerome Delgado, Le Devoir. Montréal. 21 Juillet 2012.
"Down to Earth Cosmic Relief". By Anthony Kiendl, Poolside Magazine. Winnipeg 2007.
"Worlds of Robots and Art Collide at Dublin Exhibition".By Robin O'Brien Lynch,Irish Times July 2005
“Frictions: Sounds Objects and Surfaces”. By Christof Migone, Parachute 117. 2005.
“Nouveau Winnipeg”, BorderCrossings, No. 86, 2003.
“The Spirit of the West”, by Robert Enright Globe and Mail May 10/03.
2023 Fembot. The Hole, NYC, USA.
Oneirophyte. Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba, Brandon, Canada.
Carnival of Algorithmic Culture. UKAI Projects, Toronto, Canada
2022 Ferment A.I, Medley, Berlin, Germany
2021 Dura Mater: Objective/Subjective, Galerie Buhler Gallery, Winnipeg, Canada
2018 Fake. Science Gallery Dublin. Dublin, Ireland
Analysis of a Red Line, AWMAT 2018, UCSB, Santa Barbara, California, USA
What Flies Above. Gallery 1C03, University of Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Canada
2015 Stealing from the Real. Machines with Magnets Gallery. Providence R.I. USA
Rhubarb Rhubarb Peas and Carrots. Dunlop Art Gallery. Regina, Canada
Stealing from the Real. Boston Cyberarts Gallery. Boston, USA
Saves Nine-Portage Arts Centre, PLP, Canada
2014 Sensing the Future: Moholy-Nagy, Media and the Arts. Bauhaus-Archiv, Berlin Germany.
Sensing the Future: Moholy-Nagy, Media and the Arts. Plug-In ICA, Winnipeg. Canada
2013 Saves Nine- Manitoba Crafts Council. Winnipeg. Canada
2012 Ignite-Eyeo. Eyeo Festival. Minneapolis, USA
Machines – The Shapes of Movement, Manifestation Internationale d’Art du Quebec, Canada
Greffe, Biennale Nationale de Sculpture Contemporaine, Trois Riviers, Canada
Abstraction Contraption. The Edge, State Library of Queensland, Australia.
Winged Shadows: Life Among Birds. North Dakota Museum of Art USA
2010 Too Cool For School Art & Science Fair. Harbourfront Centre, Toronto. Canada.
Love the Robots Show, Dock18. Zurich, Switzerland.
23 FILMWINTER Festival for Expanded Media. Stuttgart, Germany
Neighbourhood Science Interactivos’10. Medialab Prado, Madrid. Spain
2009 Garage Science Interactivos’ 09, Medialab Prado, Madrid. Spain
Net Art Features09. Java Museum. javamuseum.org. Koln, Germany
22. FILMWINTER Festival for Expanded Media. Stuttgart, Germany
2008 PRAIRIESCAPE. Cornershop Projects. Vancouver, Canada.
PRAIRIESCAPE. Platform Center for Digital Photography. Winnipeg, Canada.
1. Bild-rausch Videofestival, Kino 81/2. Saarbrucken, Germany
2007 Green Desert, Pixxelpoint Festival. Kulturni dom. Nova Grozia, Slovenia.
Eminant Domain. Dispatx Art Collective. England/Spain.
2006 Women in Film and Video. Screening Cinematheque. Winnipeg, Canada.
2005 Bug City. Winnipeg Art Gallery. Winnipeg, Canada
ArtBots: The Robot Talent Show. Dublin, Ireland.
2004 Saturated in Electricity; Experimental film and video. Cinematheque. Winnipeg, Canada.
AudioMoblie, Artist Run Limo. Send+Receive Festival of Sound. Winnipeg, Canada.
Frottements:Objets et Surfaces Sonores, Musee National des Beaux-arts du Quebec.
The Last Annual, The Annex. Winnipeg, Canada.
2003 Young Winnipeg Artists, Plug-In ICA. Winnipeg, Canada.
2002 Women in Film and Video, Screening. Cinematheque. Winnipeg, Canada.
2001 Vancouver Underground Film Festival. Vancouver, Canada.
Grants and Awards
Canada Council for the Arts. 2019, 2014, 2011, 2008, 2006, 2002, 2000.
Manitoba Arts Council. 2021, 2017, 2012, 2010, 2005, 2003, 2001, 1999.
Sobey Art Award Nominee, Nominated by Winnipeg Art Gallery. 2009.