Thecla Schiphorst is a Media Artist/Designer, and an Associate Professor in the School of Interactive Arts and Technology at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada.
She is the Director of the whisper* research group, which focuses on design for wearable or ‘holdable’ technologies. whisper* is an acronym for: wearable, handheld, intimate, sensory, personal, expectant, responsive systems.
Her formal education and training in computing and dance form the interdisciplinary basis of her research, which integrates the design of human experience and movement with computational models of representation. She is a member of the original design team that developed Life Forms, the computer compositional tool for choreography and has worked with Merce Cunningham since 1990 supporting his creation of new dance with the computer.
Her graduate work includes an interdisciplinary MA in computer compositional systems and computer graphics from Simon Fraser University, and a PhD at the School of Computing Star at the University of Plymouth (in completion).
She is the recipient of the 1998 PetroCanada award in New Media awarded biennially to a Canadian artist, by the Canada Council for the Arts. Her media art and design installations have been exhibited internationally in Europe, Canada, the United States and Asia in venues such as Ars Electronica, DEAF (the Dutch Electronic Arts Festival) Future Physical, Siggraph, Interaction ’97 in GIFU, Japan, the Wexner Centre for the Arts, the Montreal NewMedia Festival, ISEA, SVA in New York, the Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris, and Dance Umbrella at the London ICA.