History

Founded in 1997 in Brooklyn by John S. Johnson before moving to an iconic warehouse on West 21st street, Eyebeam was conceived as the very first critical space of its kind, for thinking creatively about how technology was transforming the world. As Chelsea changed, Eyebeam returned to Brooklyn and settled into a former industrial complex overlooking Sunset Park. The new studio hosted the first annual Eyebeam Award for Creativity and Courage, and the renewal of the core program. In those two decades, Eyebeam has made a habit of breaking new ground.

Contact

Eyebeam is located in Industry City, a manufacturing district in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Address is 34 35th Street, 5th Fl, Unit 26, Brooklyn, 11232.

Subway directions: take the D, N, or R trains to 36 St, and walk along 35th Street. Eyebeam is on the left near the waterfront.

Note that we are only open to the public during events. Reach out to info@eyebeam.org to learn more.

Staff Profiles

Roderick Schrock Director

Roderick (Roddy) works the frontier where tech, art and society collide.

He helps launch inventive and critical projects as director of Eyebeam and through independent exhibition organizing and occasional writing. As a former practicing artist himself, he understands that the most valuable gift to a practitioner is generous and long-term support.

Roddy has toured, spoken, and curated widely. His essays have been published by MIT Press and appear regularly in online spaces. He has acted as adjunct faculty at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, taught at STEIM, and sits on the Netherland-America Foundation Cultural Commission. He received an MFA from Mills College, Oakland and a certificate in Sonology at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague.

He makes Brooklyn home where he lives with his partner Joon and their dog.

@rddy

 

Billy Dang Senior Manager Design Technology

Billy supports Eyebeam residents with technology resources and fabrication strategies. 

He received a Bachelor of Industrial Design from Pratt Institute and an MPS from Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at NYU Tisch. He researches and develops projects concerning interactive and wearable technologies.

billy.dang@eyebeam.org

@ddaanngg_bb

 

Magali Duzant Bookkeeper Magali Duzant

Magali is a NY-based artist working with time-based processes to examine the role of technology as a mediator of our experiences.

She received a BA of Humanities and Arts from Carnegie Mellon University and an MFA from Parsons, The New School for Design. She has shown her work at the Queens Museum, the State Hermitage Museum, and the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, among many other spaces. She was awarded a Queens Council on The Arts Grant in 2015 for her public work, Live Streaming Sunset.

Lauren Gardner Associate Director of Education

Lauren is the Associate Director of Education at Eyebeam and is passionate about education.

She is a partner and co-organizer for the School For Poetic Computation and a co-owner of the videogame art collective and DIY gallery Babycastles. In a past life she spent 15+ years as a Technical Product Manager building enterprise level software for companies including Turner / Time Warner & Thomson Reuters.

Building things through collaborative process that would not be possible alone is the heart of her professional and personal pursuits.

lauren.gardner@eyebeam.org

Joanna Gould Outreach and Development Manager

Joanna Gould is an Australian arts manager who is currently based in Brooklyn working with Eyebeam on sponsor relationship development.

She has been working in the creative community in Australia for the last ten years and has a double major in History and Fine Art with a Masters of Art Curatorship.

She has held roles as Curatorial Assistant for the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Festival Director of the Gertrude Street Projection Festival and General Manager at Going Down Swinging.

joanna.gould@eyebeam.org

 

J. Soto Production Associate

J. Soto is a queer transgender interdisciplinary artist, writer, and arts organizer.

He has curated and performed work for The National Queer Arts Festival (San Francisco),  Links Hall (Chicago), as well as Vox Populi (Philadelphia) among others nationally. His collaborative writing project, “Ya Presente Ayer” can be found in Support Networks, Chicago Social Practice History Series (University of Chicago Press). His organizing projects include the Latinx Artists Retreat (LXAR), which he recently launched with a group of Latinx artists and administrators and the Latinx Artist Visibility Award (LAVA) for Ox-Bow School of Art in partnership with The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

He is also a recent fellow of the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures Advocacy Leadership Institute (ALI). His current writing can be found in Original Plumbing and Apogee Journal: Queer History, Queer Now Folio.

j.soto@eyebeam.org

Laura Welzenbach Director of Residencies Laura Welzenbach

Laura is directing, developing and implementing Eyebeam’s residency programs.

Laura is a non-profit Arts Manager and makes things happen. She has experience in strategic planning, non-profit leadership, program development and implementation and resource management. 

Before Eyebeam, Laura was Executive Manager of the sound:frame Festival from 2009 to 2013, and has been involved as a Project Manager in festivals such as Ars Electronica. She recently received a research grant from the BKA Austrian Art Management Program. She holds a Master’s Degree in Theatre, Film and Media Studies from the University of Vienna and has studied Arts Non-Profit Management.

laura.welzenbach@eyebeam.org

Matt Corwine Outreach Advisor

Matt supports Eyebeam’s outreach to donors, media and extended family.

He is a writer, technologist and communications leader working in Brooklyn, with roots in the technology, art and electronic music communities in the Pacific Northwest. He spent 15 years in various engineering and communications roles at Microsoft, most recently on the company’s strategic prototyping team.

Board

  • Joe Versace, Chair
  • Emma Canarick, Vice-Chair
  • Bradley Robinson, Treasurer
  • Jed Alpert, Chair Emeritus
  • Ellen Sandor, Secretary
  • Steve Lambert, Alumnus
  • Brennon Marcano
  • Marcy Bloom
  • R. Luke DuBois

Advisory Board

  • John Dimatos
  • Dara Freed
  • David Howe
  • Ruby Lerner
  • Ramsey Nasser
  • Tatiana Platt
  • Sally Szwed
  • Valerie White

Interns

  • Sid Chou
    Creative Technology Intern
  • Zadig Faraday
    Administration Intern
  • Ari Melenciano
    Creative Technology Intern
  • Colin Lodewick
    Communications Intern
  • Morgan O’Connell
    Administration Intern
  • Sarah O’Connell
    Residency Intern 
  • Amber Parris
    Communications Intern
  • Philippa von Siemens
    Development Intern
  • Sixing Xu
    Media Intern