ThoughtWorks Arts

  • Residents

Each season of the program we support one resident for a 16-week cycle. We are delighted to have worked with influential artists working on a range of important contemporary issues.

As residents progress through their projects week by week, updates are posted to the blog. At the completion of each residency, the project is added to the projects archive, which documents activity and any outcomes.

Nouf Aljowaysir

Nouf is a Saudi-born, New York-based artist, a lead researcher and developer in creative applications of AI at Havas New York. Her work focuses on the impact of current and emerging technologies on society, ranging from interactive physical installations to political Twitter bots.

Her work has been shown in galleries and festivals in the US and Europe, including the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), SXSW in 2019, and was selected for a Sundance New Frontier Story Lab Residency.

James Coupe

James Coupe works with video, installation, internet, and emerging media forms, including real-time public surveillance systems, interactive deepfake installations, and collaborations with Amazon Mechanical Turk micro-laborers.

He has been on the faculty at the Center for Digital Art and Experimental Media (DXARTS) at the University of Washington since 2004, where he teaches classes in Video, Internet and Data-Driven Art.

All Possible Pathways

Three artists came together to form All Possible Pathways, a project to explore the nature of globally distributed storytelling using networked and emerging technologies. The artists are Max Razdow, Jamie Zigelbaum and Ollie Razdow.

The team worked to develop these ideas during a ThoughtWorks Arts residency in San Francisco, working with a global team of developers.

Rashin Fahandej

Rashin Fahandej is an Iranian-American multimedia artist and filmmaker. Her projects center on marginalized voices, and the role of media, technology, and public collaboration in generating social change.

Rashin is a research fellow at MIT Open Documentary Lab and the 2019 Mass Cultural Council Artist Fellow, a 2018 Public Art Resident at Boston Center for the Arts and a recipient of the Audrey Foster Prize.

Adrianne Wortzel

Adrianne Wortzel is an artist whose works include robotic performance productions, interactive installations, photography, videos, art objects and writings. Her works are often created in collaboration with research scientists and engineers.

Wortzel has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Eyebeam Art and Technology Center, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Swiss Artists-in-Labs Program and many more. She is Professor Emeritus of Entertainment Technology and Emerging Media Technologies at New York City College of Technology.

Catie Cuan

Catie Cuan is a performer, choreographer, filmmaker, and technologist. She is interested in the physical manifestations of digital identities and the friction between discrete structures and qualitative human phenomena.

Performances of her work include the Ferst Center (Atlanta), MOCO (Genoa), CODAME (San Francisco), and Joe's Pub/Dance NOW (New York). Catie is a 2018 TED Resident and the Artist-in-Residence at the Robotics, Automation, and Dance (RAD) Lab at the University of Illinois.

Karen Palmer

Karen Palmer is a London-based digital filmmaker and storyteller working with Artificial Intelligence. Her immersive films combine the genres of film, gaming, art, science and technology.

Her work has been honored as part of the Digital Dozen Break Throughs in Storytelling 2016, and exhibited at the V&A Museum London, Museum of Modern Art Peru and The Future of Storytelling Festival NY.

hannes bend

hannes bend is a German-born artist who has exhibited internationally, with shows in Berlin and New York.

His recent work investigates the possibilities of biofeedback in virtual reality environments, incorporating heart rate, breath and more into experiences.

Heather Dewey-Hagborg

Heather Dewey-Hagborg is an artist and educator who has shown work internationally at venues including Ars Electronica and MOMA PS1.

Her controversial biopolitical art practice includes the project Stranger Visions in which she created portrait sculptures from analyses of genetic material (hair, cigarette butts, chewed up gum) collected in public places.

Cyborg Foundation

The founders of the Cyborg Foundation are Neil Harbisson and Moon Ribas, both artists who have augmented their bodies with permanent new sensory organs.

The mission of the Cyborg Foundation is to help humans become cyborgs, to promote the use of cybernetics as part of the human body and to defend cyborg rights. The foundation believes that some cybernetic extensions should be treated as body parts, not as devices.