About Sara Schnadt

Sara Schnadt is an artist and UX designer who has been working since 2004 overseeing and designing for large-scale civic data projects alongside her installation art practice.

Sara Schnadt explores technology in her work both as subject and media. Her installations and performances use found objects, interactivity, projection, spatial illusions, and movement derived from common gestures. Much of her work involves representations or data that translate large quantities of socially resonant information into poetic forms, including data visualization. Sara often performs within accompanying sculptural environments, or sites works within functioning everyday spaces, attempting to articulate the personal within virtual and technological innovation.

US projects include: 'Network' at Boston Cyberarts Gallery; ‘Drafting Universes’ at Perform Chinatown and Adjunct Positions in LA; 'Travelogue' at Torrance Art Museum; MCA Chicago’s ‘12x12: New Artists New Work’ and 'Without You I Am Nothing: Interactions'; ‘Site Unseen’ Performance Festival, Chicago; ‘Spatial City, An Architecture of Idealism’ at MOCAD Detroit; 'Travel Patterns' at Counterpath in Denver; and ‘Exchange Rate’ public projection series in LA and NY. International projects include: ‘Upgrade! - Chain Reaction’ in Skopje, Macedonia; 'Upgrade! Soft Borders' in Sao Paulo, Brazil; CINEA Paris; FreeManifesta, Frankfurt; and the Busan Biennale in South Korea.

Sara recently joined the Human Interfaces Group at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a lead designer for software systems for a mission to explore Europa, one of Jupiter's moons. Previously she built the first design team and helped launch the first public web interface at Planet Labs, an aerospace startup that is imaging the entire earth every day in order to monitor climate change and other planet-scale dynamics in real time. Before Planet, she worked at Continuum Analytics (who make the Anaconda python distribution), researching and designing solutions for a data visualization authoring tool for scientific big data analytics. Other projects include Census Reporter, a data vis interface and exploration tool to help journalists incorporate census data in their work, OpenElections, an election data access project, and Chicago Artists Resource at the Chicago Dept. of Cultural Affairs, where she was co-founder and CTO for a city-wide online resource for artists' business information and opportunities.

More on her design work here (saraschnadt.me), and her art work here (saraschnadt.com).

Sara Schnadt has been a guest on 1 episode

Swallow the Frog: Tackle the important and uncomfortable in your creative practice.

December 5th, 2017  |  1 hr 27 mins
backup, hard drives, mirrors, mood boards, nas, photography, screwdrivers, style guides, ui kit

Sara Schnadt is our guest this week! Los Angeles in the house!
Sara, Taylor and Rob talk about tackling things we don't want to tackle. We also chat about collaborating with non-artists and merging the work-life with the art-life. Mirrors are pretty cool, even in the 21st Century. It seems Colonel Sanders had a proclivity for the pistols. We also fit Daredevil and Systems Engineering into the conversation... somehow!

Taylor decides he should really get his archive situation in order before entropy wins the battle. Sara shares the thinking and re-thinking she's been doing on her art practice after multiple moves, life changes and health hurdles. Rob spends two weeks creating a new sandbox for himself and decides he needs more road trash and hot pink in his work. WARNING: The phrase "mood boards" was used more than once during the recording of this episode.

Also, it is our 20th episode! Thanks to all our previous guests! You can hear a brief update from Meghan Trainor, Huong Ngo, Dan Bustillo, Federico Tobon, Matt Steinke, Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen (the Root Simple posse!), Violet Juno and Ranjit Bhatnagar on this episode!

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