ThoughtWorks Arts

Ellen Pearlman and Rashin Fahandej Selected for the ZERO1 AAI 2020 program

Posted by the ThoughtWorks Arts Team
Monday, 14 October 2019

We’re thrilled to announce that both Ellen Pearlman and Rashin Fahandej have been selected for the highly competitive ZERO1 American Arts Incubator 2020 program in collaboration with the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Of the six artists selected, Ellen will be working in Ukraine, and Rashin will be working in Austria.

Lead Artists 2020 AAI
Lead Artists 2020 AAI

American Arts Incubator (AAI) is an exchange program created for new media and digital artists to collaborate with communities abroad, and to develop community-driven public art projects that address a multitude of challenges at the local level.

A.I. Resident (TWA'17) Karen Palmer Exhibits Perception iO at Cooper Hewitt Design Museum in NYC

Posted by the ThoughtWorks Arts Team
Thursday, 3 October 2019

Artist Karen Palmer (TWA’17) who works in facial recognition and AI is exhibiting her recent project Perception iO at the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum in NYC Sept. 20, 2019 - May 17, 2020

Cooper Hewitt Design Museum
An installation shot of Karen Palmer’s emotional detection video at the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum.

Perception iO is a facial emotion detection and eye tracking immersive film. Over the summer Karen teamed up with a dedicated team of programmers at ThoughtWorks to develop Perception iO, and to integrate the Tobii Pro eye gazing hardware into her installation.

The ICA's Biennial Exhibits A Father’s Lullaby by Rashin Fahandej in Boston

Posted by the ThoughtWorks Arts Team
Wednesday, 2 October 2019

The 2019 installment of ICA’s Biennial - James and Audrey Foster Prize exhibition showcases the work of four Boston-area artists, including ThoughtWorks Arts current volumetric filmmaking resident, Rashin Fahandej

Installation shot
An installation shot of A Father’s Lullaby at ICA

Rashin’s multi-platform, community engaged interactive volumetric work, A Father’s Lullaby underscores the role of men in raising children and their absence due to the racial disparities in the criminal justice system with its direct impact on children, women and lower income communities.

Max Razdow, Ollie Razdow, and Jamie Zigelbaum awarded The Democratization of AI via Blockchain Residency

Posted by the ThoughtWorks Arts Team
Monday, 30 September 2019

ThoughtWorks Arts new San Francisco based residency has been awarded to a team of three artists working across media with a focus on remote collaboration and distributed story-telling.

Portraits of Max Razdow, Jamie Zigelbaum, and Ollie Razdow
Artists Max Razdow, Jamie Zigelbaum, and Ollie Razdow

During their residency, Max Razdow, Ollie Razdow, and Jamie Zigelbaum will work together developing a generative story-telling project, titled, All Possible Pathways. The project is a science fiction based narrative concerning A.I.’s future, co-authored and illustrated by Zigelbaum and M. Razdow and input into a decentralized public blockchain ledger.

Rashin Fahandej Awarded Volumetric Filmmaking Residency

Posted by the ThoughtWorks Arts Team
Tuesday, 14 May 2019

ThoughtWorks Arts Residency, in conjunction with Scatter, is pleased to announce that Rashin Fahandej as been awarded our Volumetric Filmmaking Residency to expand her project A Father’s Lullaby.

Rashin Fahandej standing in front of A Father’s Lullaby
Rashin Fahandej standing in front of A Father’s Lullaby

A Father’s Lullaby is a multi-platform, community engaged interactive work that highlights the role of men in raising children and their absence due to the racial disparities in the criminal justice system with its direct impact on children, women and lower income communities.

Why We Are Investigating the Democratization of AI via Blockchain

Andrew McWilliams Ellen Pearlman
ThoughtWorks Arts Directors
Monday, 29 April 2019

ThoughtWorks Arts has published an open call for artists to investigate the monopolization and centralization of artificial intelligence by a small number of corporate giants and state actors.

Image by Radek Bet
Image by Radek Bet

A key theme in the open call is for an artist to explore how this control of AI could impact society, and the potential impacts of alternative and open approaches.

PBS Features ThoughtWorks Arts Resident & Interaction Technology

Posted by the ThoughtWorks Arts Team
Monday, 17 December 2018

Over the summer ThoughtWorks Arts collaborated with dancer and roboticist Catie Cuan, exploring new modes of human-robot interaction.

PBS NewsHour feature of Catie Cuan and CONCAT

ThoughtWorks developers created a 3D visualization toolkit, enabling Catie to rehearse her own bodily movements alongside those of industrial-scale robots.