Lindsey French

Visual Arts Department
Assistant Professor

Office: RC 154
Phone: 306-585-5554

Research interests

Landscape, environment, ecology; multisensory and multi-species signaling and perception; plant-being and plant signaling; communications technologies; receptivity and reception technologies; radio and airborne communication media; atmosphere and climate; olfactory art; acoustic ecology; media studies.

Area(s) of Specialization Creative Technologies, Visual Arts

Lindsey French (she/they) is an artist, educator and writer whose research-based practice engages multi-sensory and multi-species signaling to consider listening, receptivity, and marginality as valid and active political and communicative positions. Drawing from media studies, olfaction, botany, field recording practices, and ecology, French makes collaborative live-streamed sonic and video performances, radio and scent transmissions, and multi-sensory installations made for plant perception.  

French earned a BA through an interdisciplinary course of study - Environment, Interaction, and Design - at Hampshire College, and an MFA in Art and Technology Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Newly based in the prairie landscape of Treaty 4 Territory in Regina, they teach as Assistant Professor in Creative Technologies.



  • MFA (Art & Technology Studies - School of the Art Institute of Chicago) 2013
  • BA (Environment, Interaction, Design - Hampshire College) 2010                  


Works of Note  

Recent book chapters 

  • Olfaction as Radical Collaboration.” Olfactory Art and The Political in an Age of Resistance. Ed. Debra Parr and Gwenn-Ael Lynn. Routledge, 2021
  • “Plant Media and Practices of Receptivity.” Ambiguous Territory: Architecture, Landscape and the Postnatural, Ed. David Salomon, Kathy Velikov, Chris Perry, Cathryn Dwyre. Actar, (forthcoming 2021)


Recent Talks

  • Poison Ivy, Risk, Consent and Whiteness, Empathy and Experimental Connections. Witnessing and Worlding Beyond the Human. Human-Animal Studies, University of Illinois, Champagne-Urbana, Panel presentation and discussion, May 28, 2021
  • Olfactory Art and the Political, Uncommon Senses III: Back to the Future of the Senses, Concordia University, Roundtable, May 9, 2021
  • “Signal to Nose”, Advances in Eco-Sensing and the Soundscape, panelist, College Art Association, Feb 14, 2020


Recent Works & Exhibitions 

  • (group exhibition) Kinship: Belonging in a World of Relations, Center for Humans and Nature, (online), curated by Andrew S. Yang, 2021
  • (solo exhibition) as long as the grass, Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburgh PA, curated by Jordyn Melino, 2021
  • (solo exhibition) phytovision, Space p11, Chicago IL, curated by Jonothan Solomon, 2018-2019