Thecla Schiphorst


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Thecla Schiphorst is a Media Artist/Designer and Faculty Member in the School of Interactive Arts and Technology at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. Her background in performance and computing forms the basis for her research which focuses on embodied interaction, sense-making, and the aesthetics of interaction. She is particularly interested in the poetic forms that cultivate affect, materiality and experience-modeling within human computer interaction. She is a member of the original design team that developed Life Forms, the computer compositional tool for choreography and has worked with Merce Cunningham since 1990 supporting his creation of new dance with the computer.

She is the recipient of the 1998 PetroCanada award in New Media awarded biennially to a Canadian artist, by the Canada Council for the Arts. Her media art installations have been exhibited internationally in Europe, Canada, the United States and Asia in many venues including Ars Electronica, the Dutch Electronic Arts Festival (DEAF), Future Physical, Siggraph,, the Wexner Centre for the Arts, the Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris, and the London ICA. Thecla Schiphorst leads the whisper[s] research group an acronym for: wearable, handheld, intimate, sensory, personal, expressive, responsive systems.

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Calvert, Tom W., Bruderlin, Armin, Mah, Sang, Schiphorst, Thecla, Welman, Chris (1993): The Evolution of an Interface for Choreographers. In: Ashlund, Stacey, Mullet, Kevin, Henderson, Austin, Hollnagel, Erik, White, Ted (eds.) Proceedings of the ACM CHI 93 Human Factors in Computing Systems Conference April 24-29, 1993, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. pp. 115-122.

Calvert, Tom W., Welman, Christopher, Gaudet, Severin, Schiphorst, Thecla, Lee, Catherine (1991): Composition of multiple figure sequences for dance and animation. In The Visual Computer, 7 (2) pp. 114-121. http://

Schiphorst, Thecla, Calvert, Tom W., Lee, C., Welman, Chris, Gaudet, S. (1990): Tools for Interaction with the Creative Process of Composition. In: Carrasco, Jane, Whiteside, John (eds.) Proceedings of the ACM CHI 90 Human Factors in Computing Systems Conference , 1990, Seattle, Washington,USA. pp. 167-174.

Aroyo, Lora, Nack, Frank, Schiphorst, Thecla, Schut, Hielke, KauwATjoe, Michiel (2007): Personalized ambient media experience: case study. In: Proceedings of the 2007 International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces , 2007, . pp. 298-301.

Schiphorst, Thecla, Nack, Frank, KauwATjoe, Michiel, Bakker, Simon de, Stock, A, Aroyo, Lora, Rosillio, Angel Perez, Schut, Hielke, Jaffe, Norm (2007): PillowTalk: can we afford intimacy?. In: Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Tangible and Embedded Interaction , 2007, . pp. 23-30.

Schiphorst, Thecla (2007): Really, really small: the palpability of the invisible. In: Proceedings of the 2007 Conference on Creativity and Cognition , 2007, Washington DC, USA. pp. 7-16.

Schiphorst, Thecla (2009): soft(n): toward a somaesthetics of touch. In: Proceedings of ACM CHI 2009 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems , 2009, . pp. 2427-2438.

He, Yin, Schiphorst, Thecla (2009): Designing a wearable social network. In: Proceedings of ACM CHI 2009 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems , 2009, . pp. 3353-3358.

Schiphorst, Thecla, Motamedi, Nima, Jaffe, Norman (2007): Applying an Aesthetic Framework of Touch for Table-Top Interactions. In: Second IEEE International Workshop on Horizontal Interactive Human-Computer Systems Tabletop 2007 October 10-12, 2007, Newport, Rhode Island, USA. pp. 71-74.

Nack, Frank, Schiphorst, Thecla, Obrenovic, Zeljko, KauwATjoe, Michiel, Bakker, Simon de, Rosillio, Angel Perez, Aroyo, Lora (2007): Pillows as adaptive interfaces in ambient environments. In: Proceedings of the 2007 ACM International Workshop on Human-Centered Multimedia , 2007, . pp. 3-12.

Castellanos, Carlos, Schiphorst, Thecla (2009): BodyDaemon. In: Proceedings of the 2009 Conference on Creativity and Cognition , 2009, . pp. 423-424.

Schiphorst, Thecla (2011): Self-evidence: applying somatic connoisseurship to experience design. In: Proceedings of ACM CHI 2011 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems , 2011, . pp. 145-160.

Corness, Greg, Carlson, Kristin, Schiphorst, Thecla (2011): Audience empathy: a phenomenological method for mediated performance. In: Proceedings of the 2011 Conference on Creativity and Cognition , 2011, . pp. 127-136.