Publication Studio comes to Eyebeam, May 16-23!
Opening reception: Thursday May 16, 6-9pm. Sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery.
Eyebeam is excited to announce its upcoming partnership with Publication Studio—a social publishing endeavor based in Portland, OR.
From May 16-23, Publication Studio will engage in a micro-residency in Eyebeam’s storefront bookstore. The week will be used to develop new projects with Eyebeam artists-- including the launch of a book by Kristin Lucas-- host public events and discussions with Eyebeam fellows, present an exhibition on the work of the studio and its authors, and further explore the future of print and screen-based books.
The exhibition, REBIND, presents 42 iconic paperback books, each rebound into a unique and original cover designed and created by 42 artists and produced by Publication Studio. A full list of participants is included below.
Events include a panel on May 30th at 6PM entitled “Maker and Destroyer of Books”—a public discussion on the resilience and transformation of the book as technology and object in an expanded field of publishing. Publication Studio will discuss the history and philosophy of the studio with Eyebeam Director of Programs and Residencies Roddy Schrock, Eyebeam Resident Kristin Lucas. Brian Droitcour, writer and critic, and Rhizome Program Director Zoë Salditch will join the diccussion as well.
The public is invited to visit at any point throughout the residency and may explore and purchase a number of collaborative books. Sign up for our email list to receive more updates and event information.
Publication Studio is a social publishing endeavor founded in Portland, Oregon in 2009. Their team prints and binds books on demand, creating original work with a variety of artists and writers. Publication Studio’s mission is to use any means possible to help writers and artists reach a public: physical books; a digital commons (where anyone can read and annotate books for free); eBooks; and unique social events with our writers and artists in many cities. Publication Studio attends to the social life of the book, and is a laboratory for publication in its fullest sense—not just the production of books, but the production of a public. This public, which is more than a market, is created through physical production, digital circulation, and social gathering. Together these construct a space of conversation, a public space, which beckons a public into being.
Like Publication Studio, Eyebeam Art + Technology Center promotes the work of interdisciplinary creators, and facilitates engagement and dialogue with the public. Since its founding in 1997, Eyebeam's mission has been to champion dynamic and risk-taking work at the intersection of art and technology, and in doing so, address the cultural issues of our time. Eyebeam runs an active fellowship and exhibition program, a key component of which is its book store space, which invites collaboration and exploration.
REBIND artists include:
Sydney S. Kim
Ruby Sky Stiler
Sara Greenberger Rafferty
Hollister and Porter Hovey
Monkey Town 3
June 13 - August 11, 7 nights/week
Screenings: 7pm + 9:15pm
Monkey Town, the first experimental, completely immersive film and food experience, returns to NYC at Eyebeam this summer, June 13 – August 11, for a two month nightly pop up before launching a national tour.
The beloved Monkey Town, which lived for 7 years in Williamsburg until 2010, will once again pair visually captivating film and videos with top chefs creating meals and pairings to compliment the program. The event recreates its original and still unprecedented cinema-in-the-round by forming a floating cube from 4 massive projection screens and 8.1 surround sound. The new rendition will feature a single curated film and video program that replays every night for 60 days, featuring almost all multi-channel works by 21 extraordinary artists and filmmakers.
Eyebeam will host screenings nightly from June 13 through August 11, in our main hall/floating cube cinema. Each screening will accommodate intimate seatings of 32 people, and will take place twice nightly at 7pm and 9:15pm.
“One of the most intriguing restaurants and performances spaces in New York...Monkey Town is famous for serving multi-course meals choreographed to accompany exotic video mash-ups on four giant walls.” — Gothamist, 2010
Jack + Leigh Ruby (produced by Eve Sussman and Simon Lee), Shana Moulton, Tara Sinn, Errol Morris, Trisha Baga, Lily Sheng + Antonia Kuo and Petra Cortright, Zefrey Throwell, Kathy Rose, Peter Burr, Will Rahilly, Annie Pearlman, Brian Close, Ben Ridgway, William Strobeck, Alison Mennor, Bunny Rogers and Filip Olszewski, Chris Rice, Theo Angell, Montgomery Knott, Astrid Menze
Wed/Thurs — Max Sussman w/ Katy Peetz (ex-Roberta’s)
Fri/Sat — Nacxi Gaxiola (ex-Pulqueria, La Superior)
Sundays — Fred Hua (Nha Toi)
Mon/Tues — Josh Cross + Montgomery Knott (ex-Gramercy Tavern, Alain Ducasse)
Visit http://www.monkeytown3.com/chefs/ for complete Menus and Pricing
About Monkey Town:
Monkey Town is the brainchild of founder Montgomery Knott who has curated the films in partnership with Maggie Lee. “Monkey Town started on an airplane with a delirious cocktail napkin sketch and a desire to create an experience bringing together my love of film and video with adventures in food and to share it with all my friends. Over the years, it blossomed into something way beyond my vision, where a community of artists shaped and designed the space into what it actually became.”
As I sat back picking my teeth, I mentally congratulated Monkey Town for reviving the idea of dinner theater. Or maybe just providing the kind of multivalent entertainment craved by hyperactives like me. — Village Voice, Robert Sietsema, 2004
Part video parlor but all restaurant, Monkey Town is nothing if not unique...it is heartening to see a good-humored arty project like Monkey Town put down roots, even more so on account of its adventurous and often rewarding cooking. — NY Times, Peter Meehan, 2005
History of Monkey Town:
The original Monkey Town ran from May 2003 – December 2004. It was located in a private loft at 222 Leonard St in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Emphasis was on video art showcasing works by Miranda July, Mika Rottenberg, and Golan Levin among dozens of other emerging artists; many of whom, years later, are thriving in Manhattan galleries. They also hosted live music shows from Black Dice, White Magic, Dead Texan, My Best Fiend, Sayyid and Priest (Anit-Pop Consortium) and Blood on the Wall.
Same set up: 4 projection screens and food. Chefs moonlighted from jobs at Gramercy Tavern, Esca and Chanterelle. There were 99 performances over 19 months.
The second Monkey Town ran from October 2005 – January 2010. It was located at 58 N. 3rd St in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Open nightly for 4 years and 4 months, a front dining room and bar were added, while the back dining room continued the original layout — 4 screens; communal seating; 6.1 surround sound; capacity of 50. A full menu was available every night. The back space showcased video art, short films, feature-length films and documentaries; as well as, live music, dance and other performance. Damo Suzuki, Sharon Van Etten, Tony Conrad, The XX, Dirty Projectors, Shilpa Ray and Excepter’s lengendary marathon shows were all illuminated in the cube, while a slew of talented filmmakers tested and stretched the definition of new cinema.
Exhibited in conjunction with video_dumbo, Eyebeam is pleased to present moving-image artist Lauri Astala's latest interactive installation On Disappearance (2012).
*** Join us Friday, May 24th at 6:00PM for a discussion between Lauri Astala and curator Aniko Erdosi! ***
On Disappearance deals with the changes in our spatiotemporal experience and our social encounters induced by current communication technologies. The installation aims to destroy the norm of the traditional, cinematic black cube, wherein the role of the spectator is limited to that of passive observer, experiencing a mediated reality.
Astala's installation utilizes interaction and immersion within its environment to reinvent awareness and possibility. By placing the spectator on a stage, he/she becomes a central character in the storyline and is drawn into another time and place, where there is a forced confrontation with another being-- the author himself. On Disappearance questions what the spectator is truly viewing-- the film, himself, his own gaze.
Lauri Astala (b. 1958) lives and works in Helsinki, Finland and Avallon, France. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki, in 1989. Astala continued his studies with a Fulbright grant at Chicago Art Institute (MFA, 2001). Astala's medium is moving image, often constructed as in-situ installations.
Screenings (schedule on right) May 16-25: $5 each, $10 daily pass
Exhibition open to the public May 14 - 25 during open hours
*** JUST ANNOUNCED: Join us Friday, May 24 at 6:00PM for a discussion with artist Lauri Astala and curator Aniko Erdosi ***
Eyebeam is pleased to present video_dumbo's eighth annual festival and exhibition of contemporary moving image artwork, curated by Caspar Stracke and Gabriela Monroy. On view from May 16 - 25, video_dumbo will include fourteen video screening programs, alongside eight installation works under the title Re-Return to Sender.
video_dumbo presents 106 artists from 30 different countries, championing the diversity of today's experimental, moving image landscape. Screenings include several US premieres and new video works by: Christian Jankowski, Eija-Liisa Ahtilla, Nicolas Provost, Matthias Mueller/Christoph Girardet, Almagul Menlibayeva, Bjørn Melhus, Johan Grimonprez, Mike Hoolboom, Jesse McLean, and Mark Lewis.
The concurrent installation, Re-Return to Sender, speculates about the imagined consciousness of digital and electromagnetic moving image displays and projection apparatus. With the emergence of video art-- its novelty of closed circuit TV and feedback loops-- in the early 70s, video began by looking at itself; early on, Rosalind Krauss detected the narcissistic qualities within it.
Forty years later, moving image technology has multiplied, oversaturated and accelerated to such an extent that we are forced to take a step back to consider its omnipresence. Now, radically stripped of its hallucinatory aura and spectacle, we come full circle to ask fundamental questions regarding the state of contemporary moving image media, including its reflection and narcissism, in an age of increasingly intelligent machines. Re-Return to Sender is an exhibition comprised of apparatus that recognize, investigate and celebrate themselves. Their relationship and interactions with humans-- both passive and active-- becomes less significant as all signal emissions, events, and occurrences are projected back onto its originator-- a historical Re-Returning to Sender.
One artist, UK-based Chris Shen, muses on televisual hardware metamorphoses in his installation Infra, in which hundreds of old, discarded TV remotes join together, transforming and uniting into an enormous electronic image screen. Similarly, RE: by Bram Snijders and Carolien Teunisse displays a mid-size video projector that projects upon itself, covering its entire surface with a single image. This is echoed by Daniel Canogar's installation Spin, in which the copied contents of 100 discarded DVDs are projected back onto their surface. Annica Cuppetelli and Cristobal Mendoza’s piece projects the exact representation of vertical columns upon itself until the participant crosses the space between projector and image, causing a destabilization that results in swirling moiré patterns. Christoph Meier assembles a Mondrian-like rectangular puzzle out of various projectors with different aspect ratios and light temperatures. Steina and Woody Vasulka’s hybrid portrait series, riffing on 1970s experiments at the origin of the video medium’s signal-as-protagonist theme, deconstructs the digital image into simultaneous two- and three-dimensional properties. Bühne by Daniel Kötter mirrors the cinema space (and literally starts a revolution), and The Society of the Spectacle – Now in 3D by Pascual Sisto is exactly that.
Other highlights include a video installation by Kurt Ralske at Dumbo Arts Center, a book presentation by Cooper and Battersby and Mike Hoolboom, and a Special Program of New Finnish Video Art, co-presented by AV-arkki, Finland.
Eyebeam additionally presents On Disappearance, an interactive video installation by Finnish artist Lauri Astala, which will be on view throughout video_dumbo. Click here for more information.
Smart Textiles: Fashion That Responds
Wednesday, May 1
Online sales are now closed. Please purchase at the door!
As part of the Computational Fashion program series, Eyebeam presents a diverse group of designers and scientists working in cutting edge textile research and production. From nanoparticles to circuit boards, technology is becoming embedded in the very fabric of the things we wear, creating clothing that's more responsive to changing needs and conditions. Spurred in part by collaborations between academic and industry partners, "smart textiles" are beginning to enter the consumer market to enhance the properties of a garment whether it is heating, vitamin dissemination through the fabric, weather proofing, or communication. These emerging developments are reshaping both materials and electronics for the human body. Join us as we explore possibilities within this growing area of creative and scientific innovation.
Bryce Beamer, Prototyping and Garment Development, adidas Wearable Sport Electronics
Genevieve Dion, Assistant Professor and Director of Shima Seiki Haute Technology Lab, Drexel University
Juan Hinestroza, Associate Professor of Fiber Science and Director of Textiles Nanotechnology Lab, Cornell University
Becky Stern, Director of Wearable Electronics, Adafruit Industries
Moderated by Dr. Sabine Seymour, Computational Fashion lead advisor and founder of Moondial
Presentation followed by reception