Thoughtworks Arts

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.

Bio-feedback in VR: Meet our next Artist-in-Residence

Newsletter sent on Wednesday, 1 March 2017
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Our latest artist-in-residence, hannes bend, has now started his stay with the Thoughtworks Arts Residency. Hannes recently created one of the first Virtual Reality programs with heart-rate biofeedback in collaboration with the Neuroscience and Quantum Physics Alemán Lab, at the University of Oregon.

Portrait of hannes bend
hannes at an opening in Miami, USA

During his residency at Thoughtworks, hannes intends to extend the range of biosensors which can be used in the VR environment, and to develop the user experience of the program towards an aim of increasing personal awareness and mindfulness.

Thoughtworks Arts: Panel, Residency and Art-A-Hack

Newsletter sent on Wednesday, 5 October 2016
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Join us for a discussion with Thoughtworks Arts Residents Heather Dewey-Hagborg and the Cyborg Foundation (Neil Harbisson and Moon Ribas). The speakers will share learnings and insights from their cutting-edge work around body and technology. Event RSVP here, refreshments and snacks provided.

Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Neil Harbisson and Moon Ribas
The panel will be on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
@ Thoughtworks, 99 Madison Ave., 15th Floor, New York, NY (map)