Activist Technology Demo Day

January 28, 2012 At Eyebeam

Eyebeam hosts the third TEDxMidTownNY event, sponsored by the Space Frontier Foundation (SFF), discussing progress towards sustainable space settlement with best-selling author Howard Bloom and award-winning space glove designer Ted Southern.

TEDxMidTownNY is a local, independently organized event in which a diverse group of scientists, artists, entrepreneurs, adventurers, investors, teachers, and students will share their perspective and leave the event inspired to improve the collective future of humanity through space exploration and settlement. Advance tickets will be available shortly.

The SFF encourages those who wish to attend to purchase tickets in advance, as admission numbers are limited. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $5 for students under 25 (with valid student ID). Go here to purchase tickets.

Howard Bloom is a leading activist for the development and implementation of Space Solar Power whose enthralling books intertwine science, spirituality, economics, and social evolution. “Howard Bloom personifies America’s entrepreneurial genius; following him will lead us to a new world of wealth creation.”. -Rich Kirby, President, Kepler Space University

“Howard Bloom’s books are a gift to civilization. The Genius of the Beast is the best business history I’ve read, and I’ve read many.” -Alex Lightman, author of Brave New Unwired World: The Digital Big Bang and the Infinite Internet.

Ted Southern is a sculptor, costume maker, and inventor from Brooklyn, New York. For the last 4 years, Ted has been developing a new generation of space suit gloves, in coordination with Nikolay Moiseev, a Russian spacesuit fabricator. In November 2009, Ted and Nik outperformed NASA’s current Phase VI spacesuit gloves, and won second place in NASA’s Astronaut Glove Challenge. While at Eyebeam, Ted will be digitally developing the complicated patterns for these gloves, including pressure restraints and the Thermal Micrometeoroid Garment, and modeling hard and soft patterns for a new, complete low cost pressure suit.

From Arab Spring to Occupy Wall Street, technology has played an important role in shaping contemporary resistance and the representation of these events in the media. What new tools of protest and occupation have emerged over the past year? How does their use help to shape tomorrow’s democracies? The Urban Research Group @ Eyebeam and The Public School New York have invited activists, technologists, artists, designers, and community organizers who have a working prototype of an activist technology to occupy a worktable at Eyebeam and share their work with the public. Drawn from proposals submitted through an open call, we have selected a group of projects and communities that extend the creative use of technology and its social implications. Our interest is in creating a platform for encounter, conversation and collaboration.

This public event will culminate with a panel discussion at 5pm with special guest Stephen Duncombe, Associate Professor at the Gallatin School and the Department of Media, Culture and Communications of New York University and co-creator of the School for Creative Activism; Mary Mattingly, Eyebeam Fellow and the creator of Waterpod; and moderated by Taeyoon Choi, Eyebeam Fellow and member of The Public School New York committee.