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Wendy Whaley
Sessional Instructor
Faculty of Art

Overview

Wendy's work explores the origin, function and interactivity of different states of consciousness and the use of synchronisation of sensory perceptions to integrate content into one’s sense of self. She works with physical and virtual interactive objects, wearables and immersive environments to access states of consciousness that allow us to communicate with our bodies. 

Wendy has a 20 year history in the visual effects industry, where she worked at IMAX, Cinesite UK, Digital Domain, Method Studios, Technicolour, Spin VFX, Embassy VFX, in roles of CG Lead, Senior Compositor, Head of Compositing, VFX Supervisor and Stereographer. In 2010 she co-founded String Theory VFX where she created and successfully delivered work for IMAX, Relativity Media, Paramount Pictures. Along with production and post production VFX, Wendy served as Artistic Advisor on the Reasearch and Development team at IMAX. Having originally graduated OCAD integrated Media in 1996 where she specialized in holography and interactive installation art, she returned to research and received an MFA from OCADU Interdisciplinary Art Media and Design where she worked with Virtual Reality and biometrics and created the Coenesthetic Aesthetic. The Coenesthetic Aesthetic is a multi-modal, multi-sensory aesthetic that pairs biometrics with virtual reality and surreal synesthetic content to produce revitalizing affect in the participant. In 2018 Wendy founded Prosthetics of Mind, a company with a mission of bringing biometric VR to hospitals. Wendy's film credits include Harry Potter 3, 5, 6, 7, Ironman, Thor, Hubble 3D, and many more.