ThoughtWorks Arts

Showcase of Art & Emerging Technology Projects at ThoughtWorks Germany

Posted by the ThoughtWorks Arts Team
Monday, 6 April 2020

ThoughtWorks Germany recently hosted public and internal presentations looking at the emerging technology research work done by artists as part of ThoughtWorks Arts.

Andrew McWilliams speaks on ThoughtWorks Arts

The video above is from an event which took place about two weeks before Berlin began shuttering public gatherings due to COVID-19.

A.I. Brainwave Opera Has World Premiere at the Estonian Academy of Music

Posted by the ThoughtWorks Arts Team
Thursday, 2 April 2020

Ellen Pearlman’s new “emotionally intelligent artificially intelligent” brainwave opera AIBO had its world premiere on February 22nd at the Estonian Academy of Music’s state of the art Black Box Theater in Tallinn.

Sniedze Strauta performing at the premiere wearing a bodysuit of light. AIBO’s emotion of frustration (red) is in the background (photo by Taavet Jansen)
Sniedze Strauta performing at the premiere wearing a bodysuit of light. AIBO’s emotion of frustration (red) is in the background (photo by Taavet Jansen)

The opera investigates Artificial Intelligence and its effects on both fascism and love. In the performance viewers take part in an interaction between Eva, played by actor Sniedze Strauta, and AIBO, a ‘sicko’ AI. Eva is wearing an Emotiv EEG brainwave headset connected to a bodysuit of light, designed by smart textiles designer Dila Demir.

Rachel Uwa Shares the Origins of Her Berlin Art and Technology School

Posted by the ThoughtWorks Arts Team
Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Rachel Uwa, founder of the School of Machines, Making and Make-Believe, presented as a guest of ThoughtWorks Arts in Germany. The event took place about two weeks before Berlin began shuttering public gatherings due to COVID-19.

Rachel Uwa of the School of Machines, Making and Make-Believe

Rachel’s talk looks at the origins of the school, drawing from her childhood in Texas, her rejection of the political and military status quo and subsequent immigration to Germany in the early-to-mid 2000s.

Ellen Pearlman Presents at U.S. Fulbright Alumni Exchange Seminar

Posted by the ThoughtWorks Arts Team
Tuesday, 14 January 2020

As a Fulbright World Learning Specialist, ThoughtWorks Arts Director Ellen Pearlman was selected from a competitive pool of Fulbright Alumni throughout the country to present at The U.S. Alumni Thematic International Exchange Seminar (Alumni TIES) on the topic of "Art, Culture, and Transforming Conflict".

Alumni TIES: Art, Culture, Transforming Conflict
Alumni TIES: Art, Culture, Transforming Conflict

The Exchange Seminar took place in Santa Fe, New Mexico on December 10th - 14th, bringing together Fulbright alumni to share initiatives supporting social change and transforming conflict through the arts.

Andrew McWilliams Shares Our Work at San Francisco Tech Ethics Seminar

Posted by the ThoughtWorks Arts Team
Wednesday, 4 December 2019

As a guest of the tech ethics summit All Tech Is Human in San Francisco, program director Andrew McWilliams spoke recently about projects incubated by ThoughtWorks Arts.

Andrew McWilliams speaks on ThoughtWorks Arts

The talk centers on example projects which help to illustrate the mission of ThoughtWorks Arts, and its role in incubating research projects into emerging technologies, driven specifically by artistic inquiry.

Ellen Pearlman and Rashin Fahandej Selected for ZERO1 2020 Incubator

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.

American Arts Incubator Lead Artists 2020
American Arts Incubator Lead Artists 2020

Of the six artists selected, Ellen will be working in Ukraine, and Rashin will be working in Austria.

Karen Palmer Exhibits at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York

Posted by the ThoughtWorks Arts Team
Thursday, 3 October 2019

Karen Palmer, working with a team at ThoughtWorks Arts, is exhibiting her recent project Perception iO at the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum in New York, Sept. 20, 2019 - May 17, 2020.

An installation shot of Face Values at the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum.
An installation shot of Face Values 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.