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Joanne McNeil is a writer and researcher interested in the ways technology is shaping culture and society. Her work has appeared in Dissent, Wired, Jacobin, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, and other web and print publications. She created Learn to Search (http://learn-to-search.com) with Divya Manian and was one of the authors of About Feminism (http://aboutfeminism.me/). At Eyebeam, she will develop and curate a series of digital art projects on gender and internet culture.

 

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Eyebeam is pleased to announce the recipients of its Fall/Winter 2014 Eyebeam Residencies. Residents are chosen through a highly competitive twice-yearly call open to artists, creative technologists, designers, curators, urbanists, architects, and policy thinkers. Recipients receive 24/7 access to Eyebeam's design, digital research, and fabrication studios, as well as $5000 each to produce new works.

Incoming Residents:

Joanne McNeill is a writer and researcher interested in the ways technology is shaping art, politics, and society. At Eyebeam, she will develop safe spaces for women in art and technology, on and off the internet, including digital art projects and community organizing that focuses on fighting structural prejudice with structural solutions. http://joannemcneil.com

Allison Burtch has worked on projects such as the Dumb Store - a mobile app store for dumbphones™, co-organized the Drones and Aerial Robotics Conference at New York University and was the editor of the “Occupied Wall Street Journal”, a six-edition print publication translated into six languages. At Eyebeam, she will make a sine-wave generator that creates frequencies at 24khz, enough to block iPhones and Androids microphones from audio recording, protecting people from self-censorship in an age of constant surveillance. http://www.allisonburtch.net/

Chloe Varelidi designs and produces playful experiences. Like games, products and events. Chloe, in collaboration with Atul Varma, will build themed arcades with teens in Brooklyn by developing a browser based tool called Minicade that makes it easy to collaboratively create an arcade of mini games with friends while learning to code along the way. http://varelidi.com/

Atul Varma enjoys building bridges of understanding between humans and machines. He has written software that's been used as the centerpiece of TED Talks, in maker events around the world, and by individuals who are just trying to have a less frustrating time using their computer. But his favorite moments are very personal: understanding where another person is coming from, constructing a metaphor they can relate to, and using it to explain technology in a way that liberates, excites, and empowers. http://www.toolness.com/wp/

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Opening Saturday, 6 September 12:00PM-5:00PM

Exhibition open thru 28 September, Friday-Sunday, 12:00PM-5:00PM

Eyebeam artists are presenting work in an environment that feels as though it is from another era. Eyebeam Off-The-Grid, on Governors Island, is an exhibition to critically investigate cultural change and emergent technologies within a situation far outside the urban comfort zone of wired high-speed life. The island is without a dedicated internet connection or much cell phone coverage and is accessed only by ferries which run on the hour. It is the perfect place for Eyebeam to go unplugged!

Torkwase Dyson
Solar Day is a sculptural installation by Torkwase Dyson addressing the intersection of and mutual relationship between sunlight, interior architecture, space, belonging, and periodicity. Site-specifically located in a mildly sunlit room with east facing bay windows, Dyson experiments with the physical phenomenological conditions of the sun’s behavior during 20 solar days.

Ingrid Burrington
LittleNets is a show of alternative networks, offering different ways of being and making online. Rather than wire Eyebeam’s temporary Governor’s Island space with internet access, LittleNets sets up site-specific mesh networks with things that might be useful to have on a remote island–-simple communication tools, artworks, and games. Visitors to the island can view and contribute content to these networks. LittleNetswill also host workshops to teach people about different kinds of networks and how to build them (dates to follow).

Marisa Olson
Marisa draws on the site-specific context of Governors Island's history as a former military base, fusing it with the history of personal entertainment technology's origin as (de)militarized inventions. This intervention will play out in two forms, firstly by echoing the dystopian fantasy of the deserted island by creating a micro-flotilla of defunct & discarded electronic equipment meant to resemble the floating landfills these previously-beloved tv's and boomboxes would otherwise occupy. The sculpture will be accompanied by a mobile photo series entitled "Rescue Complex," capturing the often uncannily delicate mise-en-scene of technology abandoned on the streets of New York.

 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

September 6, 12-3pm
Subnodes workshop with Sarah Grant. The Subnodes project is an open source initiative focused on streamlining the process of setting up a Raspberry Pi as a wireless access point for distributing content, media, and shared digital experiences.

Register here.

September 20, 12-3pm
occupy.here workshop with Dan Phiffer. Occupy.here is a project designed to be replicated: purchase a supported wifi router, download the software, and follow the DIY guide to create a new open wifi network, OCCUPY.HERE.

Register here.

September 27, 12pm
Talk by Aaron Straup Cope: this is my brick / there are many like it but this one is mine. Aaron is currently Senior Engineer (Internets and the Computers) at the Smithsonian Institution's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.  He spends a lot of time thinking about archiving social software and looking glass archives, in the form the Parallel Flickr and Privatesquare projects.

 

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Opening Day: Saturday, September 6, 12pm - 5pm @ Governor's Island: House 15

Eyebeam artists are presenting work in an environment that feels as though it is from another era. Eyebeam Off-The-Grid, on Governors Island, is an exhibition to critically investigate cultural change and emergent technologies within a situation far outside the urban comfort zone of wired high-speed life. The island is without a dedicated internet connection or much cell phone coverage and is accessed only by ferries which run on the hour. It is the perfect place for Eyebeam to go unplugged!

Torkwase Dyson
Solar Day is a sculptural installation by Torkwase Dyson addressing the intersection of and mutual relationship between sunlight, interior architecture, space, belonging, and periodicity. Site-specifically located in a mildly sunlit room with east facing bay windows, Dyson experiments with the physical phenomenological conditions of the sun’s behavior during 20 solar days. More info below. 

http://eyebeam.org/projects/solar-day

http://www.torkwasedyson.com/#!garret/c18dx

Ingrid Burrington

LittleNets is a show of alternative networks, offering different ways of being and making online. Rather than wire Eyebeam’s temporary Governor’s Island space with internet access, LittleNets sets up site-specific mesh networks with things that might be useful to have on a remote island–-simple communication tools, artworks, and games. Visitors to the island can view and contribute content to these networks. LittleNetswill also host workshops to teach people about different kinds of networks and how to build them (dates to follow).

Marisa Olson
Marisa draws on the site-specific context of Governors Island's history as a former military base, fusing it with the history of personal entertainment technology's origin as (de)militarized inventions. This intervention will play out in two forms, firstly by echoing the dystopian fantasy of the deserted island by creating a micro-flotilla of defunct & discarded electronic equipment meant to resemble the floating landfills these previously-beloved tv's and boomboxes would otherwise occupy. 

 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

September 6
12-5pm: Opening Day Reception

12-3pm
Subnodes workshop with Sarah Grant. The Subnodes project is an open source initiative focused on streamlining the process of setting up a Raspberry Pi as a wireless access point for distributing content, media, and shared digital experiences.

Register here.

September 20, 12-3pm
occupy.here workshop with Dan Phiffer. Occupy.here is a project designed to be replicated: purchase a supported wifi router, download the software, and follow the DIY guide to create a new open wifi network, OCCUPY.HERE.

Register here.

September 27, 12pm
Talk by Aaron Straup Cope: this is my brick / there are many like it but this one is mine. Aaron is currently Senior Engineer (Internets and the Computers) at the Smithsonian Institution's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.  He spends a lot of time thinking about archiving social software and looking glass archives, in the form the Parallel Flickr and Privatesquare projects.

September 27, 3pm
Performance with Shani Ha, as part of Torkwase Dyson's Solar Day 

Shani Ha is on the edge of Art and Design.  She creates versatile sculptures by twisting familiar objects to question intimacy and its relationship to others.  Shani emphasizes or diminishes the shapes and materiality of these objects, which are usually related to private contexts.  These pieces are the catalysts photographs, installations, and collaborative performances.  Shani Ha is interested in social behavior in their relationship to comfort and conviviality.  Her sculptures suggest potential functions and tend to become design pieces.  They can be stimulated through performance, experimentation and appropriation, either spontaneously or with a scenario.  These actions engage the viewer and performer directly and provoke co-presence and social interactions inside the piece.  Shani was born in France but now lives and works in Brooklyn NY.

For full information on Eyebeam's Summer 2014 initiative on Governors Island, please go here: eyebeam.org/unplugged

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On 11-12 October from 12:00PM-5:00PM, Eyebeam will open the doors of their new space in Industry City in Sunset Park to the public as part of the Open House New York festival. See what our current Fall 2014 residents and fellows are working on and learn first hand about their projects. Tours of the new space will run at 1:00 and 3:00PM each day. 

For more information on the OHNY festival see their website: https://www.ohny.org/

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RSVP is now closed. Limited admittance at the door.

On Friday, September 12, Eyebeam and Shapeways proudly present an exciting new collection of 3D-printed fashion garments. The work was produced during the Computational Fashion Master Class in July 2014, where ten fashion designers, engineers, and media artists from across North America and Asia came together to learn tech skills and collaboratively design work at the intersection of fashion and emerging technology. The exhibition takes place at Hotel Particulier in Manhattan, NY and is sponsored by CNL Mannequins and Joseph Cady.

The four exhibited garments were developed by multidisciplinary design teams using a combination of 3D print manufacturing and traditional fashion design techniques. Each piece functions as an extension or augmentation of the body, exploring concepts such as fashion as a "second skin," as well as responsive and kinetic structures that can change shape based on the body or environmental conditions. 

The Computational Fashion Master Class was a ten-day intensive co-organized by Eyebeam and Shapeways.  The class was hosted by NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, and supported in part by The Rockefeller Foundation Cultural Innovation Fund, CNL Mannequins, and Formlabs.

The class was taught by a group of leading designers from fashion, architecture, industrial design, and digital art, including Casey Rehm, Bradley Rothenberg, Lauren Slowik, Lisa Kori Chung, Ryan Kittleson, Arthur Young-Spivey, Gabi Asfour, and Sabine Seymour.

Design Teams

Bo Kyung Byun & CiCi Wu

Diana Castro & Javier Molina

May-Li Khoe, Danielle Martin & Benjamin Cramer

Hillary Sampliner, Andrea van Hintum & Billy Dang

Computational Fashion is an Eyebeam initiative bringing together artists, fashion designers, scientists, and technologists to explore emerging ideas and develop new work at the intersection of fashion and technology. Computational Fashion consists of research fellowships, panel discussions, workshops, and exhibitions.

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Visitors play electronic sounds by standing on metal plates and touching each others skin.