Sara Diamond received her post-secondary education in Canada and the United Kingdom as a social historian, communications and new media theorist and creative practitioner. Diamond comes to the Ontario College of Art and Design from The Banff Centre, Canada’s national and international premier professional development institution. Diamond began her work there in 1992 and served as the Artistic Director of Media and Visual Art until 2003, and then as Director of Research for the entire Banff Centre from 2003 to 2005. She created the renowned Banff New Media Institute (BNMI) in 1995 and led this research and development centre for ten years. Diamond developed international summits and workshops that explored the near future of new media. She built alliances between artists, designers, architects, scientists, social scientists, and international and Canadian businesses. Under her leadership, BNMI developed award winning new media co-productions. She led research teams in data visualization, mobile new media content and engineering, fashion and technology, distance learning, collaborative methods and tools [in] art and technology. Diamond established new media and business development models and built and funded Accelerator initiatives. Diamond created and was Editor-in-Chief of www.horizonzero.ca an on-line showcase for new media art and design, in collaboration with Heritage Canada.
Diamond taught at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, The California Institute for the Arts and remains Adjunct Professor, University of California, Los Angeles in the Design/Media Department. Diamond is a practicing artist and designer, working in video installation, artist’s television and most recently conversation visualization software, artificial intelligence and performance. She has represented Canada in international biennials and festivals and her art and design work has won awards in Canada and abroad. Her work resides in collections such as the National Gallery of Canada and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. She contributes to scholarly journals and books, speaks about media history and practice around the world and is the curator of video and new media exhibitions in Canada and abroad. She has acted as a new media consultant to Heritage Canada, and DFAIT, as well as international governments, institutions and agencies as diverse as China, United Kingdom, Argentina, Finland, Australia, Brazil and the USA.