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Eyebeam is pleased to announce the release of three mobile apps which reached completion during Kenneth Kirschner and Joshue Ott’s 2015 Spring/Summer Project Residency. The Variant apps are a new series of generative audiovisual artworks from Interval Studios featuring visuals by Joshue Ott and music by Kenneth Kirschner.

Available on iOS for iPad and iPhone, each of the apps features a unique visual composition, a different indeterminate musical composition, and a distinct approach to user interaction. All of the Variants are generative artworks that bring together chance and interactivity to create an ever-changing, ever-evolving audiovisual experience.

The Variant series is an ongoing project and will be presented in multiple Eyebeam programs this Fall/Winter season and into the new year.

  • Recently Kirschner and Ott were awarded a joint residency between Eyebeam and Times Square Arts in which they will continue to develop new Variants with the opportunity of experimenting and exhibiting in one of the most iconic public spaces in the world
  • On 23 October, Kirschner and Ott will present on the Variant series with a discussion and demo at the Museum of Modern Art
  • Beginning 19 November, a Variant installation will be on display as part of Eyebeam's exhibition 'Inside/Out' alongside other Spring/Summer 2015 Eyebeam Project Residents at 117 Beekman Street at South Street Seaport's Culture District


Variant Series

  • variant:flare is an experiment in minimalist interactivity, in which the user interacts through simple taps that move the musical composition gradually forward and alter its effects on the generatively evolving visuals.


  • variant:blue combines autonomously evolving, chance-based indeterminate music with lines drawn directly by the user to create emergent and unexpected visual complexity.


  • variant:SONiC, a free app commissioned by the American Composers Orchestra for the 2015 SONiC Festival, couples the digitally transformed sounds of the festival’s performers with tightly integrated visuals and a tactile, highly responsive approach to interactivity.

Joshue Ott is a visualist and software designer who creates cinematic visual improvisations that are performed live and projected in large scale. Working from hand-drawn forms manipulated in real time with superDraw, a software instrument of his own design, Ott composes evolving images that reside somewhere between minimalism, psychedelia, and Cagean chance. He has performed with the American Composers Orchestra at Carnegie Hall; with Son Lux at MASS MoCA; with Gina Gibney Dance at the Baryshnikov Arts Center; and frequently at venues throughout NYC, including Le Poisson Rouge and Roulette. Installation works include a large-scale audience interactive performance at the Harpa concert hall in Reykjavik, Iceland; a collaborative drawing system installed on the IAC Center's 120-foot-long video wall; and a collaborative drawing installation at the NASA Ames Research Center. Ott is also the visual mastermind behind the hit iOS apps Thicket, snowDrift, Falling Stars, and Pitch Painter.

Kenneth Kirschner is a composer of experimental music working at the intersection of avant-garde classical composition and contemporary electronic music. His work is characterized by a close integration of acoustic and electronic sound sources; a strong focus on harmony, pattern, and long-form development; and experimentation with techniques such as chance procedures, indeterminacy, and microtonality within a digital context. An advocate of open source practices, Kirschner releases all of his music freely online through his website, kennethkirschner.com, which represents a complete archive of all his published work from the 1980s to present. Recent projects include “Compressions & Rarefactions,” a nearly 7-hour album of recent compositions released on 12k Records, and “Imperfect Forms: The Music of Kenneth Kirschner,” a multimedia e-book from Berlin-based publisher Tokafi that includes essays, interviews, and artistic contributions from over two dozen journalists, musicians, and visual artists from around the world.



In the past years, Eyebeam has ignited the careers of over 300 visionary creators in emerging technology and art. As a groundbreaking incubator for creative and critical innovators at the forefront of emerging practice, Eyebeam this year brings in 16 artists and technologists – more than ever before – joining continuing residents in a wide range of disciplines, to develop seminal projects which propel creation of new digital tools and to engage emerging trends in technology and culture.

Eyebeam’s Creative Residency Program celebrates the creation of game changing platforms such as alum Zach Lieberman's co-development of OpenFrameworks, now a standard platform for programmers working artistically with code. In 2008, Research Resident Ayah Bdeir developed the prototype for littleBits, an open source platform of modular electronics connected by magnets. Since its debut at Eyebeam, littleBits has now become one of the fastest growing New York based tech startups.

This season Eyebeam will provide:

  • $25,000 in grants
  • 24/7 access to its studios, fabrication lab, and communal working environment with other Project and Research Residents
  • Full staff dedication to technical and other inquiries, promotion and exposure to new audiences
  • An established connection to its robust community of alumni and supporters

Its new light-filled Industry City studio provides a perfect environment for intensive R&D and creation by Eyebeam’s new Project Residents throughout the Fall and Winter of 2015: 

  • Brendan Byrne + Bryan Ma collaborate to develop Theseus, an open source software platform to design patch cable-based modular electronic instruments.
  • Tal Danino is developing painting and printing methods for living microorganisms to explore the connection between microbes and human identity. 
  • Nancy Diniz investigates extensions of our body as space envelopes inferring a methodology that maps both body signals and environmental data.
  • Annelie Koller develops natural biopolymers for 3D printing, such as mycelium and algae.
  • Niko Koppel will map NYPD photos of sites of murders or police-related shootings onto a 3D environment which allows a viewer to step beyond the yellow tape into the crime scene.
  • Kenneth Kirschner and Joshue Ott, in a joint residency between Eyebeam and Times Square Arts, continue to develop a smartphone app which transforms how one sees and hears Times Square and other urban places.
  • Pamela Liou’s Dot-Matrix Printer, an open-source, networked loom sets the stage for a cottage industry of independent small-batch textile producers.
  • Ayodamola Okunseinde plans to archive the technological artifacts of future African cultures.
  • Jackie Sumell, Ron Morrison, Imani Jacqueline Brown + Abigail Phillips will produce an open-source platform for exchanges between prisoners in long-term solitary confinement and un-incarcerated volunteers.
  • Richard The + Frédéric Eyl will research the cultural history of image resolution, and create a fractal-like process that seamlessly resolves one image into another depending on a viewer’s distance.

Eyebeam’s call this year elicited fantastic proposals that challenged its judges in their selection. The jury was comprised of Nancy Nowacek (2015-16 Research Resident), Torkwase Dyson (2015-16 Research Resident), Erica Kermani (Eyebeam Dir. of Comm. Engagement), David Park (Dean of Strategic Initiatives at Columbia University), Aaron Straup Cope (Head of Engineering at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian National Design Museum), Addie Wagenknecht and Marisa Jahn (Eyebeam alumni), and Roddy Schrock (Eyebeam Director).

Creative developments in technology do not arise in a vacuum — through Eyebeam’s support of presentations panels, exhibitions, workshops and other educational programs, these selected projects have a solid platform to make a real world impact.

Niko Koppel

Tal Danino in collaboration with Anicka Yi, You Can Call me F, 2015
Photo credit: Jason Mandella, The Kitchen

Pamela Liou, Doti: The Dot Matrix Loom, 2015
Photo credit: Nate Silva



Mattia Casalegno, Torkwase Dyson, Nancy Nowacek

2 October - 13 November 

Opening Reception, 1 October, 6:00PM-8:00PM

Open Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 12:00PM - 7:00PM

117 Beekman Street, Lower Manhattan (near Titanic Park)

Lines not only demarcate, they reveal intimacies between that which is bounded and its complement. This exhibition highlights three artists whose work explores the porousness between the outside and inside, by examining how digital and other technological means tend to re-map spaces, both inner and outer. The sculptural installations of Mattia Casalegno, Torkwase Dyson, and Nancy Nowacek diagram the subtle ways these re-mappings occur.

Casalegno builds frames which integrate live webcam exchanges between strangers. They examine radical transformations of social relations in emergent digital platforms. Dyson presents a wall that doubles as a research station, in which she will examine local histories, from Wall Street’s slave market to the Seaport’s trading docks to the Financial District’s banking power. Nowacek creates deconstructions of the built environment. She nestles contemplative screens into arrangements of rough construction materials.

These works by Eyebeam Residents are examples of technology in an expanded sense: they are physical and conceptual tools by which we navigate and ultimately transform our contexts. This show will be followed by an exhibition Inside/Out, opening mid-November, which further examines the intricate geometries that link technology, culture and society, focusing on the externalization of that which is hidden. 



Frédéric Eyl is a designer who investigates the aesthetic potential of technology and how it shapes the access to knowledge. His work moves along the boundaries of formats, be it images, performances, or exhibitions. He is co-founder of Studio TheGreenEyl in Berlin.

Frédéric joins Eyebeam working in collaboration with Richard The.



Richard The is a graphic and interaction designer. After having studied at MIT Media Lab he has worked at Sagmeister Inc. and co-founded the design studio TheGreenEyl in Berlin. Currently he works as a Creative Lead at Google Creative Lab in New York.

Richard joins Eyebeam working in collaboration with Frédéric Eyl.


Abigail Phillips is an artist and architect. She's studied under farmers and artists across the country, shared her passions for social justice, art and agriculture as a teacher in Minnesota, Washington and Mississippi. She is currently pursuing her masters degree in Landscape Architecture at LSU. She currently serves as the landscape designer for the Solitary Gardens in New Orleans, and hopes to continue using landscape as a tool for advocacy.

Abigail Phillips joins Eyebeam working in collaboration with Jackie SumellRon Morrison + Imani Jacqueline Brown