designer media artist unreliable translator


Daniel Shane is a lazy pseudonym for designer, digital media artist, educator and unreliable translator Daniel McCafferty. He is based in Winnipeg, Canada, Treaty One territory.

Thanks to the support of several lovely friends and colleagues, he is a recent recipient of the University of Manitoba's prestigious Falconer Award, awarded to "faculty in the early stages of their careers who display exceptional innovation, leadership and promise in their chosen fields. He is currently an Artist in Residence at Video Pool Media Arts Center. He is the founder of an artist publishing venture CounterAct and operates a Riso RZ1090 from his studio.

In 2017, he was awarded a significant award from the Indigenous Initiatives Fund to develop and run the Indigenous Designer in Residence Program. This program brought designers Sebastien Aubin for a six-month paid residency; and Justin Bear L'Arrivee for a three-week residency.

He is a co-founder of Different Data with Rachele Riley and Joshua Singer. He also co-founded the critical design and cartography collective Public Design Unit with Patricio Davila.

He is currently an Assistant Professor teaching graphic design in the School of Art at University of Manitoba. In 2019, he initiated void draw a creative coding club for School of Art students. He has taught Studio courses in design and typography, Design Theory and in 2019 will be develivering Material Studio: Code, a new course that introduces creative coding. Previously he worked as Assistant Professor / Co-ordinator of Graphic Design at Wayne State University in Detroit and has also taught at Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto.

He has attended North Carolina State University where he received his MFA in design, and Nova Scotia College of Art and Design where he received a BFA Honours in Communication Design.


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dan [ at ] danielshane [ dot ] ca

Artist Statement.

I am a graphic designer by training, and while I maintain a strong connection to the discipline and the potential of design, my practice is more a form of inquiry, rooted in critique, that uses print, publishing, video, photography, data, mapping and programming, to explore relations between communication, community and power. My process and the outcomes of my work tend to be reflections on forms of agency that are embedded or extracted through these relations. Projects exist as an attempt to open discursive spaces that could destabilize the mostly euro-centric modes of participating in the world. My practice is relational, so I understand collaboration and pedagogy as form, which can materialize as workshops that attempt to create situations through which (micro) communities may emerged. My interest in co-creation, and more recently open source technologies and their associated communities of practice, is in the political potential within them. Specifically, they represent an alternative the typical modes of participating in cultures of austerity, favouring cooperation over competition, interdependence over independence.