Jer is a generative software artist and educator from Vancouver, Canada, currently living in New York. A former geneticist, his work explores the boundaries between science, mathematics, and art using custom-written computer programs. Thorp is currently Data Artist-in-Residence at The New York Times, the first Artist-in-Residence at the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) of NYU, and a contributing editor for Wired UK. His award-winning software-based work has been exhibited internationally.
At Resonate, Jer talked about the summer of 1985, when his father came home with a classic Mac. Loaded on that machine was a revolutionary program called HyperCard, which for him (and thousands of others) opened a door to expressivity through programming. He also presented latest work including a custom system built to analyse sharing of New York Times content over social space, 9/11 victims name visualisations for World Trade Centre memorial and work created whilst being an artist-in-residence at EdLab, a research group which is part of Teachers College at Columbia University.
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