Martha Ladly is an interdisciplinary artist and designer whose research career commenced in the music and software industries as Head of Design with Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios in the U.K., where she won numerous awards with colleagues, including a Grammy Nomination and BAFTA and Milia d’Or awards for their achievements in interactive entertainment. During her early career as a recording artist with Toronto new wave band Martha and the Muffins, she won a Canadian Juno award.
Martha has been a Professor at OCAD University since 2003, and was appointed as full Professor in 2011. She has the pleasure of leading the Interdisciplinary Masters in Art, Media & Design in her second term as Director. She has served as Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, and led the working group for the development of the Digital Futures Graduate Program, for which she also served as Director. She has been Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto, and is currently a Visiting Professor in the Department of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy at University College, Dublin.
Martha’s creative practices and research are guided by feminist philosophy coupled with her fascination with the creative potentials of new technologies, always mindful of their impacts on bodies, cultures, and societies. Martha was awarded her Master’s degree, and her doctoral degree in the Philosophy of Technology, through the Joint Program in Communication and Culture at York and Ryerson Universities; she is also a proud alumna of the Ontario College of Art.
In her role as a Principal Investigator in the Visual Analytics Lab, Martha leads research teams and works with industry and institutional partners including the CBC, GestureTek Technologies, Trent University, the University Health Network, University of Toronto, and York University. Martha and her research collaborators have recently been awarded three SSHRC Insight grants for their data-driven visualization research which addresses the enduring effects of personal and cultural identity loss resulting from the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Martha’s collaborative research and media installation works have been presented and shown at prominent international exhibitions and conferences in Banff, Buenos Aires, Dubai, Dublin, Freetown, Florence, London, Los Angeles, Milan, Montreal, New York, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, and Venice.