Thoughtworks Arts

Thoughtworks Arts at Ars Electronica Festival 2021: Co-creation Containers

Posted by the Thoughtworks Arts Team
Tuesday, 2 November 2021

Ars Electronica’s A New Digital Deal 2021 Festival brought together Thoughtworks Arts director Ellen Pearlman, CounterPulse director Julie Phelps, and Zero1 director Shamsher Virk for Co-creation Containers - a dynamic round-table discussion on building community by digital infrastructure.

Ars Electronica is the largest and most time-honored new media arts festival in the world, going back more than thirty years. It was designed to take the Digital Revolution’s emergence as an opportunity to examine potential futures and to focus investigations at the intersection of art, technology, and society.

Adrianne Wortzel Shares How She Became A Robotic Art Pioneer On BUST’s “Poptarts” Podcast

Posted by the Thoughtworks Arts Team
Wednesday, 30 June 2021

Former robotics resident Adrianne Wortzel was a recent guest on the twice-monthly podcast “Poptarts” (aka Girl Zone) hosted by BUST magazine editors Emily Rems and Callie Watts - celebrating women in pop culture.

A portriat of Adrianne Wortzel smiling

Adrianne discussed her fascination with sentience when juxtaposed against machines and her pull to explore humanity through robotics. This passion carried over into her Thoughtworks Arts residency project, The Sentient Thespian, a film exploring attributions of sentience to robots, by humans, as a feature of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Receives Prix Ars Electronica Award for Digital Humanity

Posted by the Thoughtworks Arts Team
Monday, 21 June 2021 has been awarded the Prix Ars Electronica Award for Digital Humanity for creating the Branch online magazine.

Two magazine covers, one with cartoon figures plugging devices into a forest, and the other with figures inhabiting a futuristic landscape
Branch covers by Hélène Baum and Gica Tam

The magazine was spearheaded by Michelle Thorne, Chris Adams, Laurence Bascle, Carrie Hou, Tom Jarrett, Jack Lenox, Hannah Smith and others as part of an international community effort. was co-founded by Thoughtworks Arts Director Andrew McWilliams.

Rashin Fahandej Receives Prix Ars Electronica Award of Distinction

Posted by the Thoughtworks Arts Team
Monday, 14 June 2021

Rashin Fahandej has been awarded the Prix Ars Electronica Award of Distinction in Digital Music and Sound Art for A Father’s Lullaby. The project was incubated as part of Rashin’s residency at Thoughtworks Arts.

Rashin Fahandej standing in front of screens showing her work

The Prix Ars Electronica is the world’s most time-honored award in electronic and interactive art, with prize ceremonies going back more than 30 years, alongside showcases at the famed Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria.