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Wendy Whaley
Sessional Instructor
Faculty of Art


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 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 Research and Development team at IMAX. Wendy originally graduated Integrated Media in 1996 and went on to receive and MFA in Interdisciplinary Art Media and Design. She has 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. Wendy's film credits include Harry Potter 3, 5, 6, 7, Ironman, Thor, Hubble 3D, and many more. Wendy serves on the Research Ethics Board at OCAD U and on the Board of Directors at Tangled Art & Disability.