Thoughtworks Arts


Artificial Intelligence, Biometrics, VR and Brain Surveillance

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Thoughtworks Arts is currently seeking an artist/technologist wishing to work on issues surrounding the design, use and implementation of artificial intelligence (AI). AI can enhance the human experience, but can also contribute towards amplifying pre-existing social prejudices and biases, thereby restricting the free flow of individuals, communities and entire populations in untold ways.

View the open call here, and also review this article from the Directors explaining our perspective on this critical issue. Note that we have designed the call to be open-ended, so as to allow artists to surprise us with their proposals. Applications are due by June 8, 2017.

Biometrics & Immersion: Three Views

Join us on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at Thoughtworks, 99 Madison, New York, for three views on Biometrics and Immersion in tech. Current resident hannes bend, along with residency directors Ellen Pearlman and Andrew McWilliams will share their experiences working with brain waves, blood-glucose levels, and meditation & breath, to discuss the future of the physical body and immersive art practices. This event is a part of the city-wide Creative Tech Week.

Three stills of a blood glucose reponsive visualzation in a gallery
Insulin, an blood-glucose visualization by Andrew McWilliams

Creative Tech Week Lightning Talks

You can also join the Creative Tech Week conference on Saturday, May 20, 2017 to hear the residency directors Andrew McWilliams and Ellen Pearlman talk about their work. Creative Tech Week is an industry-wide gathering for the creative technology field, held annually in New York City.

A female face leans backward with the word “surveillance” in the background
Noor: A Brain Opera by Ellen Pearlman

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