Assistant Professor, Stratford/Fine Arts

Jane TingleyJane Tingley is a recipient of the Kenneth Finkelstein Prize in Sculpture and holds a BFA honours from the University of Manitoba, as well as an MFA from Concordia University. She is an Assistant Professor in Hybrid Media in the Department of Fine Arts and teaches classes at the University of Waterloo on the main campus and the Stratford School.

Her work combines traditional studio practice with new media tools - and spans responsive/interactive installation, performative robotics, and the creation of a gestural game. Her current artistic trajectory is interdisciplinary in nature and explores the creation of spaces and experiences that push the boundaries between science and magic, interactivity and playfulness, and offer an experience to the viewer that is accessible both intellectually and technologically.

Before coming to the University of Waterloo she worked in a number of research labs at Hexagram Centre for Research-Creation in Media Arts and Technologies at Concordia University, and most recently was the Manager of the Technoculture Art and Games Research Centre (TAG). Along side this she maintained an active artistic career and participated in a number of artist residencies in North American and Europe, including the Quartier21 MuseumsQuartier in Vienna, AT. She is one of the founding members of the Modern Nomads and has participated in exhibitions and festivals in North America, Asia, and Europe - including translife - International Triennial of Media Art at the National Art Museum of China in Beijing, the Canadian Embassy and Gallerie Le Deco in Tokyo (JP), Festival Break 2.3 in Ljubljana (SL), Elektra Festival in Montréal (CA) and the Künstlerhause in Vienna (AT).

Courses taught

  • GBDA 101, Digital Media Design and Production, Fall 2014
  • DEI 613, Digital Media Solutions 1: Design Principles and Practice, Fall 2014


  • Masters of Fine Arts in Studio Arts (Sculpture), Concordia University, 2006 
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours (Sculpture), University of Manitoba, 1999, Graduated with First Class Honour

Research and teaching interests

  • Sculpture
  • Installation
  • Responsive and interactive environments
  • Networked objects

Recent publications

​Recent Presentations and Exhibitions

Upcoming shows

  • Re-Collect at ISEA 2014 – Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 2014

Solo Exhibitions

  • Plant(iPod)Installation (solo) Curator: Jennifer Gibson, 2012, IC03 Gallery at the University of Winnipeg, MB. CA. 

Group Exhibitions and Festivals

  • Currents International New Media Festival - 2014 – Re-Collect (selected), 2014, Curators: Frank Ragano and Marriannah Amster. Produced by Parallel Studios, El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.
  • Despertar/Éveil/Alive - Peripheral Response (invited), 2014. Curator: Sylvie Parent. Produced by Groupe Molior and Automatica​, SESC SANTANA. São Paulo, Brazil. Catalogue produced.
  • Culture Hub Art + Tech Festival – Re-Collect (selected), 2013, LaMaMa – 46th Great Jones St NYC, NY. USA.
  • Indie Cade (International Festival for Independent Games) – Propinquity (selected), 2013, IndieCade Village in Culver City, L.A. CA. USA.
  • Quebec Numérique – Propinquity (invited), 2013, BXL at Bozar, Brussels during BEAF 2013 (Bozar Electronic Arts Festival), Belgium.

Recent Accomplishments


  • matralab – one month residency, 2013, Concordia University, Montréal, QC, CA.

Artist lectures and workshops

  • Panel Discussion – Hedonistika at Phi Centre, Montréal, QC. CA, 2014
  • Artist Talk – at Despertar/Éveil/Alive opening SESC SANTANA. São Paulo, Brazil. 2014
  • Panel Discussion – The Digital + Physical at IndieCade LA, CA. USA, 2013
  • Artist talk at 1C03 Gallery – sponsored by Send and Receive     2012     

Projects Organized/Curated

  • Hedonistika – Festival/Symposium/Workshps – Hedonistika co-curated with Simon Laroche 2014, Musée d’art contemporain, Mtl, QC (catalogue/ peer-reviewed reader produced) - Co-produced by Elektra Festival in Montréal, QC and monochrom in Vienna, AT. Hedonistika is an exhibition and panel multi-modal brought together food scholars, artists, and roboticists to examine the innumerable (and often hidden) ways in which technology and food are related. Participating artist teams: Simon Laroche/David Szanto, Stefani Bardin/Dr. Brad Kuo, and Natalie Doonan and Ken Gregory.
  • Gaming Beyond Screens at Technoculture Art and Games Research Centre (TAG), 2013. Workshop with game designers Kaho Abe, Doug Wilson and Jim Toeple. Workshop focused on hacking Propinquity and using it as a platform for creating new games Gaming Beyond Screens Arcade at Hexagram Black Box Hit Me!, JS Joust, Dance Central3 and Propinquity

Recent Awards and honours

  • Canada Council for the Arts– Research/Creation Grant – New Media Section (2014)
  • SSHRC – Research/Creation Grant for project ‘anyWare’     (2014)

Community involvement

Community Service

  • Eastern Bloc Lab Programming Committee (2013)
  • Mentor for Jeunes Voluntaire
  • Mentor to Jen Reimer for Project – “Gerateur/Generator” (2012-13)
  • Mentor to – Julia Grey-Hines (2013)


Active art projects

  • anyWare– Collaborative work with Marius Kintel and Cindy Poremba​. anyWare will be a distributed sculpture that will include three physical objects placed in three different physical locations. These objects will be individually connected to the Internet, where they will also have a virtual presence.  The virtual objects will be accessible by a web interface that permits an on-line overview of the three installation spaces and a platform for interaction.  The objects – both virtual and physical – will mirror each other (either symmetrically or asymetrically) and will simultaneously respond to people who interact with them in any physical or virtual location.  The objects will be designed to transform in the experience of exploration (either with one person or potentially with many people) and in so doing will reveal different levels of interactivity
  • Re-Collect – Collaborative work with sound artist Michal Seta. Project prototyped at the MuseumsQuartier residency in Vienna, AT. Re-Collect is a responsive installation that uses sculptural objects, live recordings and playback to draw attention to the visitors' physical presence and movement within the installation space, and to explore lived experience in relation to memory and the passage of time.
Image from Re-Collect exhibit  Image from Re-Collect exhibitRe-Collect
In collaboration with sound artist Michal Seta

Details: electronics, fibreglass objects, computers, custom interface     
Size: 500-1000 sq feet                               
Year of Creation: 2013

For video:
Image from Peripheral Response exhibit
Peripheral Response
Exhibited SESC in Sao Paolo, Brazil. 2014

Details: Steel, taps, wire, solenoid, Pure Data, micro-controller, electronics          
Installation 56.8m2 - 75.7 m2(600 ft2 - 800 ft2 )
Year of Creation: 2006

Image from DareDroid2.0 exhibit
DareDroid2.0 created for Elektra Festival, Montréal, QC(CA) 2011

Photo | Jean-Sébastien Sénécal 
Hair | Frédéric Bélanger
MakeUp | Catherine Brunelle

In collaboration with Marius Kintel and Anouk Wipprecht – artist team MoNo

Details: Human, electronics, pneumatic valves, fabric, sensors                
Year of Creation: 2011

Image from Plant(iPod)Installation exhibit
Exhibited at the Triennial for New Media Art at the National Art Museum of China, 2011

Details: Cork, steel, glue                                               
Installation 49 -80 m2  (500 - 900 ft2)    
Year of Creation: 2008

Image from Propinquity exhibit
Play test with Break-dancers at Hexagram at Concordia University. 2012

In collaboration with Lynn Hughes, Bart Simon, Marius Kintel and Severin Smith

Details: proximity sensors, wristbands, rubber, electronics, projection etc                                                
Size: 13.4 m2 (12 f2)play space                                   
Year of Creation: 2012

For Video:
trichobothria exhibitThe Body:trichobothria
Exhibited at the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Montréal, QC.

Details: Bobbin Weave - String, screws, natural glue
Installation: 20 m2 (225 ft2 )   
Year of Creation: 2005

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