Lily Díaz was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She grew up in Caracas,
Venezuela and in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She is married and has
She has a Bachelor of Arts with honors in anthropology from Brandeis
University (1981). Her honors essay (unpublished paper) was A Structuralist Analysis of the Cult of Puerto Rican Santeria. She has a Master of Fine Arts in Computer Arts from the School
of Visual Arts in New York City. Her final work for the M.F.A.
degree was an essay, Pictorial Space in Computer Art, and a series of computer-generated stereographs. She is also
an alumnae (1989) of the Studio Program of the Independent Study
Program of the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Lily Díaz works with technologically-derived artforms such as
photography, video and digital media. Her interests focus on the
areas of history, myth and representation. In 1985, as artist-in-residence at the Museum of Holography
in New York City, she produced a holographic installation piece,
A Tribute to Spiderman.This piece is now part of the Holography Collection at the MIT
Museum of Art and Science.
During 1987, as part of a residency at Film/Video Arts (New York
City), she created Afterimages, a VideoPoem. The video uses poetry to explore aspects of the Puerto Rican
bilingual/bicultural identity. The piece has been exhibited widely
and is part of the anthology Latin American Video during the Eighties of the Instituto de Cooperación Iberoamericana, ICI, in Madrid,
In 1990, she received a Fulbright fellowship to conduct research
in the archives in Spain for A Simultaneous View of History, a hypermedia work about science in 16th Century America and
Spain. The work investigates scientific techniques utilized by
the Europeans to visualize the newly acquired lands.
In 1994, she was commisioned by the Arts Festival of Atlanta to
create @rt Auction, an interactive computer art piece that explores the topic of
how price informs our perception of art.
She has taught at the Pratt Institute of Design in Manhattan,
the Universidad de Guadalajara in México, and has lectured in
Finland, Norway, Puerto Rico, Spain and the United States. Currently
she is pursuing post-doctoral studies at the Media Lab of the
University of Art and Design in Helsinki, Finland. Illuminating History: Through the Eyes of Media is the title of her doctoral work at UIAH.
Her hobbies are: cooking, sewing, collecting old books, stamps,
and postcards. She has a green belt in karate.
SYSTEMS OF REPRESENTATION:
The topics that my research deals with are:
- Transfer of culture heritage materials into the virtual domain.
- Collaborative work among artists and scientists.
- Applications of 3-D representation.
- Knowledge structures and classifications systems.
- Virtual networked environments.
- Translation of knowledge from diverse knowledge domains, such
as the art practice, and anthropological literature to diverse
aspects of human computer interface design.
- The use of Activity Theory in design research.
ABSTRACT OF THESIS PROPOSAL:
Through the Eyes of Media: Illuminating History is an example of a synergistic collaboration that involves the
Media Laboratory, the University of Turku, Department of Archeology,
Raisio City Hall and the Academy of FInland. The project investigates
new forms of representation of information in the humanities.
The combined efforts include the creation of a digital archive.
This involves a media transfer of archeological, historical and
ethnographic data from an excavation site, archives, museums,
and other repositories in Finland into digital multimedia data
sets such as video clips, three-dimensional models of architectural
structures, two dimensional images such as photographs, and recordings
of reconstructions pertaining to the sites. The archeological
point of view provides theoretical and material knowledge about
artifacts from the past. Anthropological and cognitive science
discourses supply concepts that allow for better understanding
of collaborative processes among humanists, artists, and designers.
A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE CONTENT MATERIALS USED:
Initially the main area for the content development has been the
history of everyday life in Finland from the late Iron Age to
the early Middle Ages. Artifacts from the Mulli Archeology Site
have been utilized. The excavation work at the site has concentrated
on history from the point of view of two thousand years of continued
habitation. The site contains archeological remnants of diverse
typology such as loom weights, 16th century ceramics, a cremation
cementery, an inhumation cementery, and a medieval church. Other
archival materials such as maps and coin hoard, once located at
the site but now stored in diverse repositories throughout Finland,
have been brought together in the digital archive.
University of Turku, Department of Archeology
Raisio City Hall
Researchers from the National Board of Antiquities
SOURCES of FUNDING
Academy of Finland, stipend through Information Research Programme(1997-2000)
Research Institute, The University of Art and Design Helsinki/UIAH
Raisio City Hall
Center for International Mobility CIMO(Young Researcher award
Fulbright Research scholarship (Spain, 1990-91)
DEMONSTRATIONS RELATED TO RESEARCH (In chronological order with most recent first)
- 2000, "Digital Archaeology", One day workshop, Media Studies Department, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway.
- 2000, "Mapping Expression in the Culture Heritage Domain", Media Arts and Sciences Panel , EVA Gifu, Japan.
- 2000, "Mapping the Americas, The Map of Mexico 1554", 8th Maple Leaf and Eagle Conference on North American Studies
at Renvall Institute, University of Helsinki.
- 1998, "Can the Muses be Revived?" Presentation at IV International Symposium on Virtual Systems Multimedia (VSMM),
- 1998, Presentation to the Minister of Culture, France.
- 1998, "Illness and Representation", Web project and roundtable
discussion held at the 9th International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA 98) in Manchester, England. In collaboration with Hanna Holm and
- 1998, Prisma, TV1-Finland. Presentation of research in National
- 1998, Net Plus Ultra EM 62, Presentation on National French Television,
Feb. 1998. Philippe Tourancheau, producer.
- 1997, "Designing Telematics", Fourth International Conference on Hypermedia and Interactivity
in the Museum held at the Louvre, Paris, France.
- 1996, "Cross-cultural comparison of the art of memory", 7th International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA '97), Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
- 1996, Presentation to the Association of Museum Directors of Finland. A demonstration of applications of new media techology in the
museum. Presentation on "The Land of the Wild Honey" an exhibition
about the myths and dances of Australian Aborigines held at the
Children's Museum of the Tropical Institute of Amsterdam, The
Netherlands. Designed and coordinated videoconference with Sanette
Naeye, Head of the Children's Museum of Amsterdam.
- 1995, Invited speaker, Compuexpo, Guadalajara, Mexico.
- 1994, "A Simultaneous View of History", 4th International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA ´94), Helsinki, Finland.
- 1994, "The Artist as Historian", 83rd Conference, College Art Association, San Antonio, TX.
PUBLICATIONS (In chronological order, most recent first)
- The Material Life of Artifacts, Brian Shiffer, Book Review, Fennoscandia Archaeologica, 2000. (In Press)
- Díaz, Lily, "Designin ja antropologian välimaastossa", Semana santa, pääsiäinen Carúpanossa, Venezuelassa: matkaopas
näyttelyyn, Eija-Maija Kotilainen (ed.), Helinä Rautavaamuseo, Espoo, 2000.
- Díaz, Lily, "New Media Interpretation of Historical Materials",
Reports of the Information Research Programme of the Academy of
Finland, Eero Pantzar (ed.), Tampereen yliopisto Tietoyhteiskunnan tutkimuskeskus,
No. 3, 1999. Pp. 43-50.
- Díaz, Lily., "Jumping over the edge: the self in cyberspace" Reframing Consciousness, Intellect, Bristol, UK, 1999. PP 71-76.
- Díaz, Lily, "Can the Muses be Revived?", Reports of the Information Research Programme of the Academy
of Finland, Eero Pantzar (ed.), Tampereen yliopisto Tietoyhteiskunnan tutkimuskeskus,
No. 2, 1999. Pp., 277-288.
- Díaz, Lily, "Religion and ritual as interface, avatars as possesed
selves?" Arttu: Design Research: Consuming Media, Minna Tarkka, Mika Pantzar (eds.), No. 5/6, 1998. P. 22-23.
- Díaz, Lily, "Illuminating History: through the Eyes of Media",
Arttu: Design Research: Consuming Media, Minna Tarkka, Mika Pantzar (eds.), No. 5-6, 1998. P. 46-47.
- Díaz, Lily "Digital Archeology: Design Research and Education,
Connecting Historical Narratives and Digital Environments" in
Leonardo, International Journal of Arts and Sciences, Vol. 31, No. 4, 1998, pp. 283-287.
- Díaz, Lily, "Cross-cultural Analysis of the Art of Memory: Ars
Memoria, Itoloca and Xiuhámatl", Proceedings of the 6th International Symposium on Electronic
Art (ISEA 96), The Netherlands, pp. 69-72.
- Diaz, Lily, "Digitaalista esihistoriaa", Arttu, No. 5/6, 1996,
p. 29. Diaz, Lily, "Through the Eyes of Media Illuminating History"
in Form/Function Finland, No. 64 4/1996, p. 25.
- Díaz, Lily A Simultaneous View of History: The Creation of a Hypermedia
Database, Leonardo, International Journal of Arts and Sciences, 1995, Vol. 28, No. 4, pp 257-263.
PUBLICATIONS ABOUT RESEARCH (In chronological order, most recent first)
- Refland, Scot, Computer Graphics, Association for Computing Machinery, Nov. 1998.
- Norman, Sally Jane, "Culture and the New Media Technologies",
Special Report, The Power of Culture, Recasting Our Cultural Policies, UNESCO, 1998.
- Sichel, Berta, "Antilinear", Flash Art, International Journal of the Arts, Vol. XXX, No. 193, March 1997, Milan, Italy, pp. 71-72.
- Sichel, Berta, "Entre aquí y allá", Revista Internacional de Arte Lápiz, No. 128/1997, Madrid, Spain, pp. 44-51.