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.


Adrianne Wortzel

Adrianne Wortzel is an artist whose works include robotic performance productions, interactive installations, photography, videos, art objects and writings. Her works are often created in collaboration with research scientists and engineers.

Wortzel has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Eyebeam Art and Technology Center, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Swiss Artists-in-Labs Program and many more. She is Professor Emeritus of Entertainment Technology and Emerging Media Technologies at New York City College of Technology.

Catie Cuan

Catie Cuan is a performer, choreographer, filmmaker, and technologist. She is interested in the physical manifestations of digital identities and the friction between discrete structures and qualitative human phenomena.

Performances of her work include the Ferst Center (Atlanta), MOCO (Genoa), CODAME (San Francisco), and Joe's Pub/Dance NOW (New York). Catie is a 2018 TED Resident and the Artist-in-Residence at the Robotics, Automation, and Dance (RAD) Lab at the University of Illinois.

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.