Trevor Paglen

Trevor Paglen presented his projects and collaborations, which included his current Eyebeam commission. Joined by the Eyebeam Production Fellows, Jeff Crouse, Evan Harper, Geraldine Juárez and Chris Sugrue, his collaborators on his commissioned piece with Eyebeam, Paglen detailed the project and progress to date.


What is the Eco-Vis Challenge? Not only is there an environmental crisis, but an environmental data crisis. Viewing statistics on environmental change is usually overwhelming, unintelligible, hidden and dense. Eyebeam invited artists to collaborate with technologists to redefine what the future of tracking and visualizing the environment could be.

Project Created: 
September 2007
Projects: Edible Excess, feedback, ReBlog
People: Amanda McDonald Crowley, Annina Rüst, Brooke Singer, Carmen Trudell, Douglas Repetto, Eve Mosher, Forays, Green Map, Jennifer Broutin, Leah Gauthier, LoVid, Michael Mandiberg, Mushon Zer-Aviv, Natalie Jeremijemko, Natalie Jeremijenko, Oz Etzioni, Paul Amitai, The Studio for Urban Projects, Tiffany Holmes, Timm Kekeritz, Zach Lieberman
Research: Sustainability
Project Type: Data Visualization, Exhibited Project
Tags: activism, Data Visualization, environmental design, feedback, sustainability, Upgrade!
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Graham Harwood

Graham Harwood presented his projects and collaborations, including his Eyebeam commission with MediaShed, and work with free media. Joined by the Eyebeam Production Fellows, his collaborators on his commissioned piece with Eyebeam, Harwood presented Gearbox, an open source video editing resource.

A representative from Picture New York made a special appearance to discuss proposed restrictions on photographing rights in public space.


Simple Text

Eyebeam R&D OpenLab Fellow Jonah Brucker-Cohen presented his and Tim Redfern’s SimpleTEXT: A Cell Phone Enabled Interactive Performance.

The event was free and open to the public. Guests were invited to bring their cell phone to take part!


real cost

Eyebeam Resident Michael Mandiberg presented a talk and workshop about his new project Real Costs. Attendees were encouraged to bring a laptop to play along. Programming knowledge was useful.

This hybrid talk/workshop included a 30 minute presentation of the project, and how it related to Michael’s previous work, followed by guided mod’ing of the script. Michael provided a focused walk through of the code, and then set everyone free to make some modifications and provided feedback for the project.

Start Date: 
8 Nov 2007

Upgrade! NY
November 8, 2007

Eyebeam hosted a public critique for the Eco-Vis Challenge submissions as part of the Upgrade! series of public programming.

A distinguished panel of New York-based artists and designers discussed what role an art and technology center can play in raising public awareness on environmental issues, and how visualizing environmental data can address the crisis. The guest critics not only dicussed their criteria for a useful, engaging, and successful visualization project, but were available to give in-depth feedback to the Eco-Vis Challenge participants. Panelists included: Michael Mandiberg, Natalie Jeremijemko, Zach Lieberman, and Upgrade! member Mushon Zer-Aviv.


leon reid

Presenting a discussion and critique with Open City artist Leon Reid IV.

Reid presented his talk “The Call to Duty in the 21st Century”. How has the practice of street art redeemed the position of the Artist in contemporary society? Take a ride through history with street artist Leon Reid (Darius Jones) and explore what art has meant to civilizations of the past, where it got lost in contemporary Western society, and how the street artist is redefining what it means to be an “Artist”.



A celebrity-centric Upgrade! with artists Jillian Mcdonald and Eyebeam Resident Jamie O’shea.

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