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Today wrapped up a month of website design with Wordpress.  Students spent the past month learning about design, content, and functionality of Wordpress.com  Now they each have a fully-functional blog with interactive widgets featuring a wide array of subjects.

 

Eyebeam & the Institute of Play collaborated to produce some amazing workshops at Q2L... and here are the links to the event videos!  Superhero Costume Design Using Crazy-Cool Paper Folding Techniques, led by Diana Eng, taught students the mechanical engineering behind deployable structures.

 

While our preparations seemed endless for U.W.A.C. day, it came and went all in an instant. Not only did we successfully reach our goals of reiterating nature into an urban environment, but we were able to peek the interests of viewers of all ages. From infants to the elderly, even a few dogs joined in on the fun with their owners. More importantly we were able to get our point across and people were able to appreciate the project and in many cases join in on our cause. Our original design of news and tissue paper flowers acted as the perfect decorative shell for the plant pods we placed in the center. The wires wrapped around the center of the flowers acted as stems; allowing us to place them on scaffolding, gates, fences, etc. Everyone left our workshop with either their very own paper flower planter or a sense of accomplishment by donating their paper flower planters to us. A few hours into the event we ventured to 10th Avenue between 24th and 25th street.

 

It was another great afternoon as a group continued developing their blogs and websites.  Blogs from sports to crafty creative projects to documenting an-animation-in-process are coming together and looking fantastic. The drop-in program runs every Thursday from 3-6PM, so be sure to drop by! http://eyebeam.org/events/youth-drop-in-program

 

Thursday wrapped up a month of NES graphic and music hacking here at
Eyebeam. Students immersed themselves into the music program
FamiTracker (seen here), allowing them to create NES music tracks.
With graphic hacking and music creation, I think we'll have a handful
of new video game creators out there.

Remember, Eyebeam's drop-in program runs EVERY Thursday from 3-6 and
the workshops begin at 4PM. This March, Georg Pedersen will introduce
students to web design using Wordpress -- don't miss it!

-Brian

 

The Eyebeam Action Lab is a community engagement project where creative practitioners working in open source software design and art activism will collaborate with teen communities to design software-based solutions for social challenges. During a one-year period we will complete 5-8 projects.

 

Dear Urban Interventionists, Tactical Magicians, Liberators of Flora & Fauna, and Rebels without a Cause,

We at the Urban Wilderness Action Center are interested in how you define Urban Wilderness.

The Urban Wilderness Action Center (UWAC) is a guerilla gardening project initiated by Eyebeam alum Jon Cohrs, in collaboration with the Eyebeam Student Residents, and artist Kai-Oi Jay Yung. The actual "Action Center" is a virtual platform for developing and sharing urban wilder

 

So now that I've gotten that off my chest. I can let all you AMAZING READERS (2 or 3?...Just Kidding...) out there in cyberspace know what I've been up to for the past few Months. I'm going to compress it because it's been a lot and I don't want to write for hours. So, if this feels short, it's at your connivence. 

SO. I've been meeting with Diana every thursday, and we've also been hanging out after hours, wether it's been going to fabric stores and marveling at the zipper section, walking through Macy's criticizing handbags we could never afford, or riding home on the Q, since we live a stop away from each other in Brooklyn. On Thursdays, we've been preparing for our fashion show later this month...I've even learned how to cut out patterns, the right way. It was like the Karate Kid, but with tons of felt and blood....just kidding.

 
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