Aaron Hughes is a former Illinois Army National Guard (ILNG) Sergeant who after serving six years was discharged in June of 2006. He joined the ILNG in order to serve his community and get an education. In 2003 he was involuntarily deployed to Kuwait and Iraq with the belief he would provide humanitarian relief for the Iraqi people. As a truck driver he traveled throughout much of Iraq and quickly came to the realization that he was not providing any type of humanitarian relief, but in stead was contributing to the oppression, destruction, and dehumanization of the Iraqi people. Following a fifteen-month deployment Aaron returned home committed to ending the occupation and US corporate pillaging. He has dedicated his life to creatively fighting dehumanization and oppression.
Ava Bromberg's research and practice focus on creative local economies, public and social goods, community-driven planning and responsible development. She is an institutional entrepreneur hybridizing ownership, governance, and financing innovations that stimulate dynamic community growth and grassroots investment. Ava is presently working on a social entrepreneurial model for commercial real estate, aimed at reinventing strip malls as neighborhood nodes for living local economies where people can shop, learn, socialize and create with the chance to own a piece of the value they help to generate with their presence and participation.
Summer School @ NightA series of free evening lectures open to the public led by hosts from Eyebeam’s Summer School program and friends of Eyebeam. Thurs., July 2, 2009A mind shredding evening with the College of Tactical Culture, hosted by Eyebeam senior fellow Steve Lambert and Eyebeam research associate Stephen Duncombe. Lambert and Duncombe discussed tools and techniques in creative activism and the work happening at their new College.
Summer School @ Night A series of free evening lectures open to the public led by hosts from Eyebeam’s Summer School program and friends of Eyebeam. No registration necessary.
All events were on Thursdays, from 6:30–8:30PM at Eyebeam, 540 W. 21st St., NYC.
SCHEDULE: Thurs., July 2, 6:30–8:30PM | WATCH VIDEO A mind shredding evening with the College of Tactical Culture, hosted by Eyebeam senior fellow Steve Lambert and Eyebeam research associate Stephen Duncombe. Lambert and Duncombe discussed tools and techniques in creative activism and the work happening at their new College.
Working across media and disciplines, Brooke Singer creates platforms for local knowledge to connect, inform and conflict with official data descriptions. She engages technoscience as an artist, educator, nonspecialist and collaborator. Her work lives “on” and “off” line in the form of websites, workshops, photography, maps, installations and performances that involves public participation in pursuit of social change. She is co-founder of the art, technology and activist group, Preemptive Media and a professor of New Media at Purchase College, State University of New York.
Ricardo Miranda Zúñiga approaches art as a social practice to establish dialogue in public spaces. As a child of immigrant parents and brought up in Nicaragua and San Francisco, Zúñiga’s awareness of inequality and discrimination was established at an early age. Themes such as immigration, discrimination, and the effects of globalization extend from highly subjective experiences and observations into works that tactfully engage others through populist metaphors while maintaining critical perspectives.
Artists have set out to start a window farm craze in NYC. Britta and Rebecca will work with agricultural, architectural and other specialists to create high-profile prototype window farms and means for sharing design ideas to meet varying local situations around the city. This project fits within the larger context of the artists' collaborative work: crowdsourced R&D solutions for environmental issues. Their inspiration for community involvement derives from concepts of local production (think of the coming network of 3-D multi-material printers), mass customization, and mass collaboration enabled by Web 2.0.