Department of Fine Arts
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Congratulation to Fine Arts Professor Jessica Thompson whose work has been recognized with an Early Researcher Award from the provincial government. The program gives funding of $140,000 to new researchers to build a research team. Jessica is one of fifteen University of Waterloo researchers to receive provincial grants to advance the Ontario's knowledge-based economy.
Jessica's project, Borderline, is a research-creation project that uses the sonification of algorithmic data to create new understandings of place. Algorithms have inextricably changed urban experience, identifying patterns in data capable of creating new economies, but also, sometimes, reinforcing social and economic disparities. Drawing from her prior research, Borderline will locate uneven geographies in four of Ontario’s largest urban centres, and will make these areas audible through data-triggered musical systems embedded in mobile and wearable technologies. Audiences will be able to listen ‘in place’, discovering invisible borders in their communities that affect social and economic mobility.
The University of Waterloo acknowledges that much of our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our main campus is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is centralized within our Office of Indigenous Relations.