llen Pearlman is a new media artist, critic, curator and educator. She created Noor, an interactive immersive brainwave opera in a 360 degree theater, and AIBO, an emotionally intelligent artificial intelligent brainwave opera. Ellen is a Fulbright Specialist in Art, Media and Technology, a Zero1 American Arts Incubator/U.S. State Department Artist, a Vertigo STARTS EU Laureate, and a U.S. Alumni Ties/Fulbright/World Learning grantee. She is Director of ThoughtWorks Arts, a global technology research lab, and President of Art-A-Hack(™), a collaborative working methodology. She received her PhD from the School of Creative Media at Hong Kong City University, where her thesis was awarded highest global honors from Leonardo LABS Abstracts, is a Senior Research Assistant Professor at RISEBA University in Riga, Latvia, and a contributing editor to Performance Art Journal (PAJ) MIT Press.
While at OpenDocLab, Pearlman is working on Language Is Leaving Me, a work-in-progress investigating epigenetic, or inherited traumatic memory of cultures of diaspora.