Jessica Thompson is a media artist whose projects facilitate social situations in public space through sound, performance and wearable technologies. Her studio practice involves the creation of interactive sound pieces that audience members are invited to borrow and use within urban environments, and large-scale collaborative performances.
Her research investigates how the expressive potential of ordinary objects can facilitate new modes of performativity in public space through interactions between body and site, embodied gesture through mobile devices, the creative misuse of objects and the politics of broadcast. She holds a BFA in Visual Art from York University in Toronto and an MFA in Emerging Practices from SUNY at Buffalo.
Her work has been shown in exhibitions and festivals such as Art Basel Miami Beach (USA) ISEA 2006, (San Jose, CA) FINE/LINE (Denmark) the Conflux Festival, (New York), Thinking Metropolis, (Copenhagen) (in) visible Cities, (Winnipeg) Beyond/In Western New York, (Buffalo) the Deep Wireless Festival of Radio and Transmission Art, (Toronto) and most recently at the Norsk Teknisk Museum. (Oslo) Her projects have appeared in publications such as Canadian Art, c Magazine, Acoustic Territories, and numerous art and technology blogs