Colton Hash is a digital artist who currently resides as an uninvited guest on Lekwungen territories of Vancouver Island. Hash’s multimedia practice is inspired by the wild and anthropogenic landscapes that surround him. Exploring generative simulation and environmental data as digital material, Hash strives to create accessible works for viewers to consider their cultural relationships with nature. Through a unique coding process, Hash creates impactful digital installations to foster nuanced thinking about ecological relationships. Programming his own creative tools, Hash produces interactive simulations that visualize complex realities and depict imaginative futures.
Hash was the inaugural artist-in-residence for Ocean Networks Canada, where he worked with scientists to create interactive data artworks that communicate ecological relationships. In recognition of his politically based practice, Hash received the Witness Legacy Award for Social Purpose and Responsibility Through Art (ProArt Alliance, 2019). Hash received his MFA in Visual Arts from the University of Victoria in Canada, and also has multi-disciplinary foundations in Computer Science and Environmental Studies.