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Jer Thorp
Date and place of birth
b. 1974, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Current location
Brooklyn, NY
Year(s) of residency and/or fellowship
2011, Collaborator

Jer Thorp is an author, data artist, and educator from Vancouver, Canada, currently living in New York. A former geneticist, his digital art practice explores the many-folded boundaries between science and art. His work has been featured by The New York Times, The Guardian, BusinessWeek, and the CBC.

Thorp’s award-winning software-based work has been exhibited in Europe, Asia, North America, South America, and Australia, and all over the web.

Thorp has over a decade of teaching experience in Langara College’s Electronic Media Design Program, at the Vancouver Film School, and as an artist-in-residence at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design. He has presented at Carnegie Mellon’s School of Art, at Eyebeam in New York City, and IBM’s Center for Social Software in Cambridge.

In his previous life as a Flash developer and designer, Thorp produced work for a broad base of clients, including Honda, The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, FOX, and the LA Kings., Jer’s unique collection of organic Flash experiments and generative artworks, has won numerous awards and featured in many art and design publications, both online and in print. Jer is a contributing editor for Wired UK.

He was a Data Artist in Residence at the New York Times in 2012, where he created Cascade, a tool for visualizing how stories were shared across social media, and Innovator-In-Residence at the Library of Congress in 2017.

Thorp is the co-creator of a data-based public artwork called Herald / Harbinger in downtown Calgary. He co-founded The Office for Creative Research, which was a Brooklyn data management and visualization consultancy. He is one of the founders of the Eyeo festival.

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