Thoughtworks Arts

Rashin Fahandej Awarded Volumetric Filmmaking Residency

Newsletter sent on Wednesday, 22 May 2019
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We are very pleased to welcome our newest resident Rashin Fahandej, an Iranian-American multimedia artist and filmmaker.

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Rashin Fahandej standing in front of A Father’s Lullaby

During her Thoughtworks Arts Residency, with support from Scatter, Rashin will be using Depthkit to expand her practice, furthering the development of her project, A Father’s Lullaby.

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
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.

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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.

A 3D representation of a custom BCI
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.

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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.