[Mar 14] ZOOM IN: OLAP #5 With guest Ellen Pearlman

Our collaboration with Experimental Intermedia continues with our fifth ZOOM IN: OLAP (Online Live Art Performance) community discussion forum. For this event we have invited artist Ellen Pearlman,  Director of ThoughtWorks Arts and a Research Fellow at MIT to share breakthrough network collaborations over the past decade including the first ever iPv6 summer institute on telematic art (2010-11), as well as experiments in dance, biometrics, sonic environments, performance, machine learning and AI, natural language processing, the Google Cloud, DIY artist networks and methods of co-creative collaborations

Date: March 14, 2021

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm New York Time (EST)

Location: online on Zoom. Free. Check back for more information or click here to RSVP.

(p.s. the link is there when you click RSVP :)


Following the presentation with Pearlman and a Q & A, the forum will be open to anyone attending who would like to discuss any online live art performance ideas or projects as well as any technical or conceptual concerns.

The discussion forum will be led by media artist and curator  Katherine Liberovskaya of Experimental Intermedia and Harvestworks Director Carol Parkinson.

About the Artist

Ellen Pearlman (PhD School of Creative Media Hong Kong City University), New Media Artist, Curator, Critic,  and Writer is a Research Fellow at MIT, Director of ThoughtWorks Arts, a Senior Research Assistant Professor at RISEBA University, Latvia, a Fulbright Specialist in Art, New Media and Technology, a Zero1 American Arts Incubator/U.S. State Department Artist, and a Vertigo STARTS (EU) Laureate. She created “Noor: A Brain Opera” in a 360 degree immersive interactive theater as part of her doctoral thesis, which was awarded Highest Global Honors by Leonardo Labs Abstracts. In February 2020 she premiered “AIBO: An Emotionally Intelligent Artificial Intelligent Brainwave Opera” at the Estonian Academy of Music, and showed it at Vertigo STARTS DAYS in Paris, France. Ellen also invented the Art-A-Hack (TM) creative collaboration methodology and runs rapid prototyping workshops around the world. Her new work “Language Is Leaving Me: An Opera Of the Skin” investigating AI, epigenetic memory, biometrics and computer vision is being developed while at MIT.


ThoughtWorks Arts

ThoughtWorks Arts runs programs incubating artist and technologist collaborations, empowering investigations into impacts of emerging technologies on industry, culture and society. Art and technology partnerships present a unique and powerful lens for engaging with technology. Art enables freedom to make large, cross-disciplinary conceptual and physical leaps across technical, scientific, industrial, creative and societal areas. The carefully designed programs in ThoughtWorks Arts cover a wide spectrum of ways of making and thinking. This starts with the accessibility of Hardware Hack Lab, moving into the facilitated design of Art-A-Hack, and continues through to the curated and deep investigations of the ThoughtWorks Arts Residency.These programs range from complete inclusivity and open access to supportive team collaborations to innovative specificity of technical and social issues. Programs are run in collaboration with a global network of art and emerging technology partners, including the thousands of employees globally across ThoughtWorks.

Twitter: @tw_arts

FB: @thoughtworksarts

Instagrams @thoughtworksarts

Photo of Noor by Vincent Mak

YouTube Video

Press Links

  1. https://www.vice.com/en/article/wnpm3w/eeg-brainwave-opera-hong-kong
  2. https://www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/pdf/10.1162/PAJJ_a_00367
  3. https://museumofnonvisibleart.com/interviews/ellen-pearlman/
  4. https://thetheatretimes.com/ellen-pearlman-brain-opera-telematic-performance-and-decoding-dreams/

ZOOM IN: Online Live Art Performance

A collaborative initiative by Harvestworks and Experimental Intermedia ZOOM IN: OLAP is an online community forum conceived by Katherine Liberovskaya and Carol Parkinson to reflect on the aesthetic and technical dimensions of live streaming and to share knowledge among the participants. The meetings feature guest practitioners from different artistic fields (music, live visuals, performance, dance, theater) who speak about their approaches and experiments with online performance (sound, video, conferencing, streaming software, aesthetic and organizational approaches), followed by Q&A. The forum is also open to hearing about new ideas and projects that are in development as well as technical and/or conceptual concerns from the participants. 

This initiative is a response to the unexpected arrival of the Covid pandemic that forced many live performance artists into live streaming as a make-shift temporary presentation alternative. Figuring it out on the fly, they were able to continue to produce some form of creative activity on the new platform… While this was so exciting, even keeping us sane in the early days of the coronavirus, the ever-increasing online live streaming events are starting to seem more and more all the same and are holding our attention less and less. We quickly found out that commercial web conferencing software was not designed for artistic performance. Worldwide, the virus seems here to stay, and the reality of in-person audiences being able to convene safely is moving further and further into the future. It is time to re-think the online presentation of live art practices and to imagine new approaches that are far better suited for the new performance stage.  

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