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New Trajectories in Volumetric Filmmaking with Scatter

Newsletter sent on Tuesday, 2 April 2019
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ThoughtWorks Arts in collaboration with groundbreaking film studio Scatter teamed up on March 16-17 to run a free community workshop for 24 participants. Together, they taught artists, technologists, designers and filmmakers the newest version of the Depthkit technology.

Jillian Morrow of Scatter providing an introduction to workshop participants
Jillian Morrow of Scatter providing an introduction to workshop participants

Scatter, a Brooklyn-based creative company, produces immersive experiences, provides tools and training, and empowers creators using volumetric filmmaking techniques.

Robotic Artist Residents in the News

Newsletter sent on Tuesday, 22 January 2019
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Robotics resident Catie Cuan was recently featured in a video feature for Engadget, highlighting the importance of machine movement.

Catie working with the 15-foot Wen robotic arm, in conjunction with our sponsoring partner, The Consortium for Research & Robotics hosted by Pratt Institute - photo by Kevin Barry
Catie working with the 15-foot Wen robotic arm, in conjunction with our sponsoring partner, The Consortium for Research & Robotics hosted by Pratt Institute - photo by Kevin Barry

In the interview, Catie explains her ideas on how robotics are impacting society and how choreography can change the way we understand human-robot interactions.

ThoughtWorks Arts Artists Recognized for Work with BCIs

Newsletter sent on Wednesday, 30 May 2018
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Art-A-Hack project Dual Brains by Eva Lee and Aaron Trocola, and Noor: A Brain Opera by ThoughtWorks Director Ellen Pearlman were highlighted in a Redshift article exploring the use of brain-computer interface technology (BCI) in art.

3D rendering of the headsets used in Dual Brains
3D rendering of the headsets used in Dual Brains

BCIs enable a communication pathway between a wired brain and an external sensor device. Artists like Lee, Trocola and Pearlman are using this emergent brainwave technology to create new artistic experiences and are currently leading the charge in exploring potential applications of the technology.

Mechanics & Movement: Announcing Our New Robotics Residents

Newsletter sent on Thursday, 26 April 2018
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We are pleased to announce that Adrianne Wortzel and Catie Cuan will join ThoughtWorks Arts this summer as our newest residents, exploring issues of movement and robotics.

Adrianne Wortzel and Catie Cuan
Adrianne Wortzel and Catie Cuan

Adrianne Wortzel is an acclaimed artist who creates unique and innovative interactive web-based works, robotic and telerobotic installations, performance productions, videos, and writings. During her residency at ThoughtWorks Arts, Adrianne will be initiating a project to develop a social and psychotherapeutic tool for nonverbal expression through gesture.

Karen Palmer’s AI Residency Comes to a Close

Newsletter sent on Tuesday, 10 April 2018
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Karen Palmer, filmmaker and “storyteller from the future” has spent the last 6 months at ThoughtWorks as our Artist in Residence, focused on AI for her emotionally responsive immersive film, RIOT.

RIOT at the ThoughtWorks Arts booth during SPRING/BREAK Art Show in March 2018
RIOT at the ThoughtWorks Arts booth during SPRING/BREAK Art Show in March 2018

During the residency, ThoughtWorks developers have written and open-sourced an emotional expression analysis system named EmoPy, building on the work Karen did with AI researcher Dr. Hongying Meng of Brunel University in London.