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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.

ThoughtWorks Arts at SPRING/BREAK Art Show in NYC

Newsletter sent on Thursday, 1 March 2018
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We are thrilled to announce that ThoughtWorks Arts has teamed up with Harvestworks to stage ThoughtWorks Stranger Than Life Hacks, a special projects exhibition for the 7th annual SPRING/BREAK Art Show (part of Armory Arts Week) at 4 Times Square, March 6 - 12, 2018.

Dual Brains by Eva Lee and Aaron Trocola
Dual Brains by Eva Lee and Aaron Trocola

For the opening night VIP event on March 6th, 5pm - 9pm, we will be presenting alive performance of Dual Brains, an Art-A-Hack project that uses shared empathy between two brains to create a visual and sonic environment.

ThoughtWorks Arts at RIXC Art Science Festival

Newsletter sent on Thursday, 7 December 2017
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This fall the RIXC Art Science Festival, Virtualities and Realities, in Riga, Latvia hosted three members of the ThoughtWorks Arts community. RIXC Art Science Festival is an internationally renown gathering for artists and scholars working at the intersection of arts, digital humanities, and science. The Festival includes conferences, exhibitions, performances, and VR artwork showcases.

TWA Director, Ellen Pearlman, at the RIXC Center for New Media Art in Riga, Latvia
TWA Director, Ellen Pearlman, at the RIXC Center for New Media Art in Riga, Latvia

Director Ellen Pearlman was a conference keynote speaker with her topic: The Approaching Storm: AI, Biometrics, Big Data, Immersion and Surveillance. Director Andrew McWilliams’s multimedia installation Insulin, and Art-A-Hack alum Annie Berman’s video and VR experience, Utopia 1.0, were all included in the festival’s contemporary digital art exhibitions.