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ThoughtWorks Arts Presents at Bozar Labs in Line With STARTS Prize 2020

Posted by the ThoughtWorks Arts Team
Tuesday, 12 January 2021

In congruence with the Starts Prize 2020 exhibition held at Bozar this Fall, Bozar Lab organized a webinar on the topic of artist and technologist collaborations as a model for innovation.

Catie working on-site with the industrial robot arm

Artist and ThoughtWorks Arts A.I. resident, Karen Palmer (Storyteller From The Future), presented her immersive film project Perception IO, and shared how it explores the intersection of A.I., bias, policing, and new, innovative forms of storytelling.

Perception IO, which was developed at ThoughtWorks Arts, received a Starts Honorary Mention and was included in the exhibition, Starts Prize ‘20 Speculating On The Future Through Art And Science.

ThoughtWorks Arts Director Andrew McWilliams shared how cross-collaborative programs at ThoughtWorks Arts involving artists and technologists create powerful work driven by issues facing technology and society. Andrew detailed how such interactions are a critical tool for harnessing innovation.

The webinar, which took place on Saturday 28th November, also brought together Paul Dujardin (BOZAR), Ruth Reichstein (EU Commission), Christophe De Jaeger (BOZAR LAB), Emma Dumartheray (BOZAR LAB), Stefan Grosjean (Smappee & Snowball), Alexandra Vanhuyse (Snowball), Piet Haerens (HAEDES), and Jonathan Berte (Robovision).

The participants of the webinar also reflected on the historical Bauhaus movement and how it encouraged interdisciplinary collaborations between artists, scientists, engineers, architects, etc. This generated ideas around how to sustain innovation - concluding that consistent collaboration is key.

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