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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.

How Art and Technology Predict the Future

Newsletter sent on Tuesday, 17 October 2017
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Over the summer, Director Andy McWilliams spoke at TEDxVilnius, and shared different examples of how artists are using art practice and technology as a mechanism to explore emergent futures.

Director Andrew McWilliams at TEDx
Director Andrew McWilliams at TEDx

“Sometimes looking into the future can be scary, because by definition it is unknown. But with art and technology, we can tell real stories about what is coming, and bring these issues into the light.”

Residency Director Ellen Pearlman Awarded a Fulbright Specialist Grant

Newsletter sent on Thursday, 7 September 2017
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Congratulations to Residency Director Ellen Pearlman, who has been awarded a Fulbright Specialist Grant to Liepaja University in Liepaja, Latvia. The program pairs highly qualified U.S. academics and professionals with host institutions abroad to share their expertise, strengthen institutional linkages, hone their skills, and learn about other cultures while building capacity at their overseas host institutions.

Ellen Pearlmen at NetGain Conference
Ellen Pearlmen at NetGain Conference

There she will expand her groundbreaking Art-A-Hack art and technology collaborations, assist program directors at Liepaja University with international digital project proposals, run faculty training and development seminars, and lend her expertise toward the design of an M.F.A. Program in art and technology.

Implications of AI: Meet our New Resident

Newsletter sent on Friday, 28 July 2017
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We are pleased to welcome our newest resident Karen Palmer, a London-based digital filmmaker and storyteller.

Karen Palmer speaking at TEDxSydney
Karen Palmer speaking at TEDxSydney

During her ThoughtWorks Arts Residency, Karen will be furthering development of her interactive film, RIOT. This project is an emotionally responsive live-action film with 3D sound, and uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology, machine learning, and facial recognition to allow users to navigate through a dangerous riot in progress.

Artificial Intelligence, Biometrics, VR and Brain Surveillance

Newsletter sent on Tuesday, 16 May 2017
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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.