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How Art Programs Drive Innovation at ThoughtWorks

Andrew McWilliams
Posted by Andrew McWilliams
Thursday, 28 June 2018

Artists working with emerging technologies frequently generate new insights on the future of culture, industry and society.

Cyborg artists Neil Harbisson and Moon Ribas during their residency at ThoughtWorks
Cyborg artists Neil Harbisson and Moon Ribas during their residency at ThoughtWorks

At ThoughtWorks we regularly engage with artists, collaborating on cutting edge technology projects, and enriching the perspectives we bring to our clients. Our recent explorations have taken us on journeys into cyborgism and transhumanism, bias in machine intelligence, movement in robotics, and more.

How Artists Are Reshaping Emerging Technology Research

Andrew McWilliams
Posted by Andrew McWilliams
Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Waves of technology-driven change now regularly disrupt industry, culture and society. The challenge of navigating this turbulence grows increasingly complex, requiring deep examination of overlapping trajectories in search of hidden insights.

TEDxVilnius: How art & technology predict the future

Research of this kind necessitates synthesis from varied disciplines, viewpoints and areas of expertise. However as the speed of change accelerates, new forms of collaboration are required — forms capable of producing original, far-reaching perspectives from the cutting edge of cultural and technological transformation.

Robotics Artists Begin Their Residencies at ThoughtWorks

Posted by the Residency Team
Wednesday, 13 June 2018

The robotics artists Adrianne Wortzel and Catie Cuan have begun their dual residencies at ThoughtWorks.

Adrianne has been exploring the expressive potential of the non-humanoid MekaMon, manufactured by Reach Robotics. During her residency, Adrianne will be initiating a project to develop a social and psychotherapeutic tool for nonverbal expression through gesture.

Karen Palmer: The Film That Watches You Back

Posted by the Residency Team
Friday, 25 May 2018

In her TED talk, former resident Karen Palmer discusses the inspiration behind her immersive, emotionally responsive film RIOT.

Karen begins the presentation with a simple question, ‘how would you respond in a riot situation?’ This is the question she asked herself beginning in 2014 as she watched riots unfold across the world.

Adrianne Wortzel and Catie Cuan Awarded Robotics Residency

Posted by the Residency Team
Thursday, 26 April 2018

We are pleased to announce that the Mechanical & Movement: Robotics residency has been jointly awarded to two artists, Adrianne Wortzel and Catie Cuan.

Adrianne Wortzel and Catie Cuan

The ThoughtWorks Arts team made their final decisions on April 16th in collaboration with input from jurors at Baltan Labs in Eindhoven, Netherlands and the Consortium For Research and Robotics hosted by Pratt Institute at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

ThoughtWorks Arts Exhibition at SPRING/BREAK for Armory Week 2018

Posted by the Residency Team
Monday, 9 April 2018

The work of ThoughtWorks Arts artists were exhibited together at the closely-watched SPRING/BREAK Art Show in March 2018. The exhibition took place at 4 Times Square as part of New York’s Armory Week.

The exhibition space just prior to opening
The exhibition space just prior to opening

The exhibition, sponsored by the media art center Harvestworks, was comprised of works incubated by ThoughtWorks Arts programs over the last four years. This includes work from Art-A-Hack and the ThoughtWorks Arts Residency, and by the directors of these programs, Andrew McWilliams and Ellen Pearlman, who are also practicing artists.