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It has been a quiet day at Eyebeam today, with Luther and Zoe offsite working on Luther's fashion show, and Spencer (hacking away at DJ Hero) and Jade (making small machines with Dustyn) TOTALLY absorbed in what they are up to.


Michael Mandiberg showing us how its done over pizza.


Tonight we gathered at Eyebeam to load up on our senior fellows' pro skills before they leave us this summer... (sniff). Here was the agenda:



Last Thursday was our first session in Electronic Music Production in LMMS.  Musician and writer Jace Clayton (aka DJ/rupture) introduced students to the free, cross-platform software for music production. Students dove right in to creating custom beats, utilizing instrument tracks, and began creating compositions of their own design. There was a wide range of interests from mixing tracks, creating instrumental harmonies, to sampling... and you can listen to some of the amazing work here! Jace will be talking about sampling, FX processing, compositional elements, and other music production techniques in the remaining workshops this May.

The drop-in program runs every Thursday from 4-6PM. Doors open at 3PM.


The past few weeks have been crazy with my recession plinko board project.

It's rapidly morphed from a sloppy idea with the uncertainty of completion to a stellar well though out project that seems to be coming together.
Jamie has helped me make all of my wood cuts and laser cut my circular playing pieces. I've been sawing away at the dowels I purchased to create the small rods which will intercept the the circular playing pieces every which way. Kaho has helped and is helping BIG TIME with almost everything. From technical support to conceptual advice Kaho always has helpful ideas. Kaho and I will be purchasing the switches we need and then its on to coding. Next up is hooking up the LEDs to give the plinko board the carnival feeling. A lot still needs to be down to create the dream of a plinko board that create commentary on the recession but its well on its way to becoming quite possibly the best plinko board known to man. 


It's come the time for the wonderful BLOGPOST TIME.
I've been working with Abhu and Leo for the past two weeks, and I've been photoshopping their images onto shirts and chiz.
It's been fun, but it's time for this old dog to find a new bone! (If you know what I mean.)



This year's Girls Eye View program, led by Eyebeam Alum Tali Hinkis (LoVid) in partnership with Good Shepherd services has been rocking along! We have challenged young women to express their ideas through visual language exercises, sharing questions and statements online through Facebook, and focusing on transforming words into meaningful images in digital messages and back again. What follows is a visual journey through the past few weeks with our group:


We worked together to identify one single word that is meaningful to us. After discussing the meaning of each word, we talked about how that meaning could be represented visually. We chose words like: FREEDOM, FEARLESS, LIFE, PASSION, LOVE and DEATH.


FabAgit invited Eyebeam Student Residents to take over the Gottesman Library’s Elevator at Teachers College, Columbia University and turn it into a Pop Up Library and Instant Publishing House with live knowledge sharing, some conflict management, 5 publications and 13 Okays!

Thanks to FabAgit (Christina Kral) for the excellent video and counting of Okays!


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Eyebeam Fellow Kaho Abe worked with Australian students from Christ Church Grammar School to learn about potato voltage and current and how to boost either of these to create tone generators. They also used transistors, dials, and photo resistors to create other tone generators for a unique orchestral experience.  At the end of the workshop. students participated in a Potato Orchestra using the devices they created.




Eyebeam's annual Summer School program offers a lively mix of youth programs, master classes, public lectures, & hands-on workshops. This year’s program has been organized as part of our upcoming exhibition Re:Group: Beyond Models of Consensus which will "examine models of participation and participation as a model, presenting work that encourages subversive participation, intervenes into existing systems, or envisions new alternatives."

Program offering includes:


Eyebeam Fellow Aaron Meyers and students at the drop-in program began a two-week coding endeavor to create the classic Pong game in Processing.  Using the logic & coding language learned in previous weeks, students created the fundamental elements of the game, including the pong ball, velocity, and bouncing.  Other game-mode features like gravity, pull, and interaction with a user's mouse defined the interactive possibilities that Processing has to offer. Next week, we'll be continuing work with the Pong game by creating more interactive elements.

There's only one week left! Be sure to check out the amazing finale to this month's workshop into the free, open source programming language Processing next Thursday at 4pm.

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