Jer Thorp

Jer Thorp


Jer Thorp is an artist and educator from Vancouver, Canada. A former geneticist, his digital art practice explores the many-folded boundaries between science and art.

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

Recently, he has produced work for WIRED UK, written for The Guardian, and been featured by the New York Times Developer Network. Jer is currently artist in residence at Emily Carr University of Art and Design and is an instructor in New York University's renowned ITP program.

Jer is a contributing editor for WIRED UK.



Emergence refers to the way that complex systems and patterns arise out of relatively simple interactions.

In this session we'll look into some of the ideas behind emergence, and will explore in detail the role it plays in the creative process.

We'll talk about the effects of emergence in a variety of diverse areas, including economies, ecologies, and, of course, barrooms.

Along the way, I'll show a variety of new generative works which tread into emergent territories, and will unravel some of the underlying code that brings these projects to life.


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