Wednesday, May 17 • 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Biometrics and Immersion: Three Views

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Biometrics and Immersion in Creative Tech can mean many things to many people. Here three experts, Ellen Pearlman, Andy McWilliams, and hannes bend share their experiences working with brain waves, body glucose levels, and meditation and the breath, to discuss the future of the physical body and immersive art practices. Ellen's "Noor: A Brain Opera" (2016) was an immersive, interactive brainwave opera inside a 360 degree theater. Andy's "Insulin" works with the numbers emitted by a sensor that act as triggers for feelings of guilt, fear, or pride in daily decisions, such as eating or injecting insulin. hannes's VR project 'mYnd' currently under developed at the ThoughtWorks Arts Residency is a VR experience that integrates dynamic and adaptive biofeedback via biosensors into the immersive experience.

Ellen Pearlman is a new media artist, curator, writer and critic. She received her PhD from the School of Creative Media, Hong Kong City University, where she premiered her brain opera "Noor", an interactive immersive performance in a 360° theater. Ellen is on the faculty of Parsons/New School University, Director of the Volumetric Society of New York, and President of Art-A-Hack™.

Andrew McWilliams is a New York-based artist, technologist and program director. He is Director of the ThoughtWorks Arts Residency and a Lead Consultant at ThoughtWorks. Andrew has exhibited work at HarvestWorks New York, Currents New Mexico, and AlphaVille Festival in London. He is Director of Art-A-Hack™ and the Hardware Hack Lab.

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.

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hannes bend

Founder, breathing.ai
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Andrew McWilliams

Artist + Technologist, ThoughtWorks
Andrew is a New York-based artist and technologist, and a founder and director of the ThoughtWorks Arts Residency. He is a lead technical consultant for ThoughtWorks, specializing in innovation in technology and the arts. Andrew is also a founder and director of Art-A-Hack, and of... Read More →
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Ellen Pearlman

Director/Faculty, ThoughtWorks Art Residency/Parsons MFADT
Ellen Pearlman is a PhD Candidate at the School of Creative Media, Hong Kong City University. Her brain opera “Noor”, a fully immersive interactive performance recently premiered at ISEA HK in a 360 degree immersive theater. Ellen is Co-Director of the ThoughtWorks Arts Residency... Read More →

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ThoughtWorks Arts Residency

The aim of the ThoughtWorks Arts Residency program is to facilitate dialog, partnership and collaboration at the intersection of technology and exploratory arts. By focusing on this synthesis, the program aims to empower resident artists to make work which inspires shifts in perspective... Read More →

Wednesday May 17, 2017 6:30pm - 9:30pm
ThoughtWorks 99 Madison Avenue, 15th Floor, between E. 29 and E. 30th Street

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