About the program

The ThoughtWorks Arts Residency program supports artists exploring new lines of inquiry intersecting technology and society.

The aim of this program is to facilitate dialog, partnership and collaboration at the intersection of technology and exploratory arts. By focusing on this synthesis, the program aims to empower resident artists to make work which inspires shifts in perspective and debate.

Residents

Karen Palmer

Karen Palmer is a London-based digital filmmaker and storyteller working with Artificial Intelligence. Her immersive films combine the genres of film, gaming, art, science and technology.

Her work has been honored as part of the Digital Dozen Break Throughs in Storytelling 2016, and exhibited at the V&A Museum London, Museum of Modern Art Peru and The Future of Storytelling Festival NY.

hannes bend

hannes bend is a German-born artist who has exhibited internationally, with shows in Berlin and New York.

His recent work investigates the possibilities of biofeedback in virtual reality environments, incorporating heart rate, breath and more into experiences.

Heather Dewey-Hagborg

Heather Dewey-Hagborg is an artist and educator who has shown work internationally at venues including Ars Electronica and MOMA PS1.

Her controversial biopolitical art practice includes the project Stranger Visions in which she created portrait sculptures from analyses of genetic material (hair, cigarette butts, chewed up gum) collected in public places.

Cyborg Foundation

The founders of the Cyborg Foundation are Neil Harbisson and Moon Ribas, both artists who have augmented their bodies with permanent new sensory organs.

The mission of the Cyborg Foundation is to help humans become cyborgs, to promote the use of cybernetics as part of the human body and to defend cyborg rights. The foundation believes that some cybernetic extensions should be treated as body parts, not as devices.