Ellen PearlmanDirectorat Thoughtworks Arts
Ellen Pearlman is a New York based media artist, curator, writer and critic. She is a Research Fellow at MIT, Senior Research Assistant Professor at RISEBA University in Riga, Latvia and a Contributing Editor to Performance Arts Journal (PAJ) MIT Press. Ellen is the Director of ThoughtWorks Arts, a global research and innovation lab that includes the well regarded ThoughtWorks ArtsResidency. An EU Vertigo STARTS Laureate (Horizon 2020), she is a Fulbright World Learning Specialist in Art, New Media and Technology, a Zero1 American Arts Incubator/U.S. State Department cultural envoy to Kyiv, Ukraine, and a Fulbright Alumni Ties grantee. Ellen received her Ph.D. in Digital Media from the School of Creative Media at Hong Kong City University where she received two outstanding academic achievement awards. She premiered her brain opera "Noor", a fully immersive interactive brainwave opera at ISEA Hong Kong and the Microwave International Festival, HK. Her PhD thesis, "Is There A Place In Human Consciousness Where Surveillance Cannot Go?" was awarded highest global ranking from Leonardo LABS abstracts. "AIBO", an emotionally intelligent artificial intelligent brainwave opera premiered at the Estonian Music Academy's state of the art black box theater, and was presented at Vertigo STARTS Days in Paris, France.