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Eyebeam at the Seaport

24 July - 31 December, 2015

117 Beekman Street

Last year, Eyebeam moved to Brooklyn to lock in the best studio for emerging practice for its Resident Artists and Technologists. In its new home, Eyebeam provides a light-filled space, cutting-edge tools, financial support, and time for innovative creative practitioners to develop new work that critically engages with emerging technology and opens up its potential for artistic expression. Eyebeam’s Brooklyn studio is an engine of fresh thinking and production. 

With its engaging new presentation space at the Seaport, Eyebeam presents the work made by its Residents through two major exhibitions and a robust calendar of public talks, workshops, screenings, and hands-on demos. Innovative technological and artistic creation does not happen in a vacuum, it requires continual dialogue with the wider world. Eyebeam’s new exhibition and presentation space in lower Manhattan allows just that, a hands-on space for anyone curious about technology and fashion to new works by emerging artists which inquire into the relationship between geographic space and history in a post-digital world. 

As we become more saturated with technology, Eyebeam's public programs at the Seaport offer a critical perspective and a practical compass to navigating relationships with an always-on world. 


Making Patterns

July 24 - September 25

“Our bodies are our primary interfaces for the world… [Wearables] sit close to your skin, inhabit your clothing, and sometimes even start to feel like part of you.” - Kate Hartman, Director of the Social Body Lab, from her book Make: Wearable Electronics.

Eyebeam’s first exhibition at The Seaport features garments developed by multidisciplinary teams using a combination of new techniques and traditional craft. Many of the artists, technologists and designers involved have found novel ways to externalize our inner feelings. Their work will help shape a future in which our deepest selves can be worn on the surface of our bodies.

The exhibition includes work by Kaho Abe, Bo Kyung Byun, Ben Cramer, Billy Dang, Andrea van Hintum, May-Li Khoe, Danielle Martin, Hillary Sampliner, Cici Wu, and Jamie Sherman (Intel) in collaboration with the Social Body Lab (Kate Hartman, Jackson McConnell, Hillary Predko, Boris Kourtoukov, Izzie Colpitts-Campbell,  Erin Lewis, Rickee Charbonneau, and Alexis Knipping).

Critically engaging with wearable technology, Making Patterns is part of Eyebeam’s Computational Fashion initiative, which includes residencies and master classes (organized in partnership with Shapeways). The exhibiting artists’ work spans disciplines with technical processes such as 3D printing, soft circuitry, embedded electronics and bio-sensing. The resulting patterns can change our relations to our bodies and each other.

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. The program consists of research residencies, panel discussions, workshops, and exhibitions. Computational Fashion is supported in part by The Rockefeller Foundation Cultural Innovation Fund.

Bodies and Machines

October 1 - November 14: Part 1

November 19 - December 31: Part 2

An exhibition of Eyebeam Residents exploring the porous and fluid boundaries between bodies, technologies, and the world outside. The exhibition is in two parts: the first, Outside In, features work which re-imagines both emergent technologies and elements of nature as brute forces, reckless yet potentially manageable. The second, Inside Out, features work which examines new types of externalizations and interactions within emergent digitalia and technological platforms.

Part 1 — Outside In

October 1 - November 14

Artists: Torkwase Dyson, Nancy Nowacek, and Mattia Casalegno

Part 2 — Inside Out

November 19 - December 31

Artists: Joshue Ott and Kenneth Kirschner; Lisa Kori Chung, Gene Kogan, and Colin Self; Tega Brain, Lilian Kreutzberger, and Joanna Cheung



Igniting critical, urgent, and engaged practice

We are pleased to announce our Fall/Winter 2015 Project Residency Call.  Eyebeam will provide up to 10 residencies this cycle. 

All applications must be received by 12PM (noon) EST on June 26, 2015. Applicants will be informed of their application status by August 17, 2015.

Please read the full Project Residency call here.

FAQ for applicants





Today, we’re announcing a new journalism fellowship, in partnership with BuzzFeed. We're thrilled that they came to us to support this new initiative. It’s a very exciting opportunity for the right person to develop new work around citizen journalism techniques that shape the way news is created, consumed, and distributed.

The partnership continues Eyebeam illustrious history of supporting work that values openness, open source technology, and courage around art and technology. Eyebeam believes in supporting projects that change the culture for the better.

Eyebeam will be looking for applications from technologists and artists whose creative practice is critically engaged with citizen journalism. We are particularly interested in those working within the realms of privacy, ad-hoc-ness, and tracking-resistance.

One applicant will be chosen, and will have the opportunity to present their work at Eyebeam in Brooklyn as well as show in Eyebeam’s annual showcase. The new fellow will work in San Francisco for the bulk of the time during the year, at BuzzFeed’s new R&D labs.

This joint initiative will continue Eyebeam’s commitment to fostering technologists and artists coming together; germinating and incubating ideas, new processes and new works; creating a social and professional context which is rich in technology, expertise and ideas and builds long-lasting relationships.

To apply, and for further information, please go here.

photo:  variant:Flare by Joshue Ott and Kenneth Kirschner

Igniting critical, urgent, and engaged practice

APPLICATION DEADLINE: All applications must be received by 12PM (noon) EST on June 26, 2015. Applicants will be informed of their application status by August 17, 2015.

RESIDENCY SUMMARY: Eyebeam will provide up to 10 residencies this cycle. In Eyebeam’s new Creative Studios in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, the organization hopes to support a record number of residents who will actively use Eyebeam’s facilities and tools. The residencies will begin in September, 2015, lasting four to six months, dependent upon need. Residents will not receive housing but will receive some assistance in locating temporary housing. The call is open to both national and international applicants.

OVERVIEW: Eyebeam is seeking applications from artists, engineers, designers, and technologists, whose practice will clearly benefit from Eyebeam and mesh well, both in practice and in skillsets, to create a collaborative cohort. The purpose of the residency is to support creation of new work that addresses the Focus Areas of this residency call while ideally fully utilizing Eyebeam’s tools, space, and community. The new works developed, and the process of their creation, will be presented by Eyebeam, with additional opportunities for public presentation and discussion.

SUPPORT: Eyebeam will provide stipends of up to $5,000 for up to four of the 10 incoming residents. Eyebeam will provide all residents with ample work space, access to a woodshop, and digital fabrication tools including those listed here. Priority will be given to those projects that clearly demonstrate a need for Eyebeam’s tools and workspace. 

RESIDENCY FOCUS AREAS: Applicants are expected to respond to at least one of the following inquiries in their proposals:

  1. What are new or under-explored potentials for open source practice, in hardware or software, in the current environment of commodification?
  2. Does wide saturation and public usage of recent technological advances allow for changing notions of self? How are ideas of transcendence, of body and location, being explored through technology?
  3. What are relationships of race to online digital space?
  4. What are the next generation of tools reclaiming anonymity, ad-hoc-ness, and tracking resistance?  How might they relate to crypto-finance?

EXPECTATIONS: The residents should be prepared to fully and actively utilize Eyebeam’s resources for the duration of the residency. Eyebeam wishes to work with creative practitioners who courageously implement new works in the goal of community engagement and cultural impact. Eyebeam builds a creative community that is generous in skillsharing, rich in expertise, and engaged with current developments.

PARTICIPATION: The residents should be prepared to document the learning and development process for the projects. This documentation, which may take any number of forms, will further engage the public by increasing understanding of the projects themselves. This documentation may include public-facing reports and updates designed to engage the public with the projects and shed light on the residents’ creative and educational process. 

The residents are also encouraged to participate in both formal and informal learning opportunities within the Eyebeam community.

DETAILS: The residents will be given working space at Eyebeam's Brooklyn space and have 24/7 access to Eyebeam's facilities and equipment. The residents will also be expected to play an active role in the Eyebeam community by taking part in Eyebeam's weekly residents & fellows meetings, monthly “Stop Work” critique sessions, and annual Exhibition of artists' work.

The residents will bring their experience and expertise to Eyebeam where they will create the projects. Eyebeam may offer program support in developing work for public or community engagement programming during the term of the residency.

ABOUT EYEBEAM: A belief in progress and openness are core values of Eyebeam. This has been demonstrated through nearly 20 years of experimentation via the creative use and misuse of technology with the goal to innovate and develop better relationships between people and tools. Eyebeam believes that all creative work begins with a commitment to sustainability, equality, diversity, and concern for a better future. Across all focus areas, Eyebeam primarily supports projects that have real-world impact -- Eyebeam encourages work that is paradigm shifting within a large spectrum of genres.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Applicants are only accepted via the online application system. Applications received after the deadline of 12:00 (EST) PM (noon), June 26, 2015, will not be accepted. All applications and work samples must be submitted through the online form. No exceptions will be made.

Applications must not be currently enrolled in degree-granting academic programs. Individuals and collaborative teams are invited to apply. In either case, please detail in your application how technical and creative responsibilities will be met. If applying as a collaborative team, please include information about team members' relevant prior experience and combine CVs into a single document before uploading.

Please read the guidelines carefully, should you still wish to make an inquiry before making an application, then please contact Peter Kaiser, Director of Communications, Eyebeam, at peter@eyebeam.org



create objects and prototypes from 2d and 3d computer files

Laser Cutters
Universal Laser Systems X2-660 and v460 120 watt and 60 watt CO2 lasers

Cuts or etches acrylic, wood, cork, paper, cardboard, leather up ½ inch thickness, marks glass or stone for etching. Work from  2 dimensional vector graphics files (.ai, .eps, .dxf, .dwg, .svg, etc).  Has an 18 x 32 inch honeycomb bed in one, a 18 x 24 bed in the other. Can be used in a 2 step process to produce thin metal parts.

Plastic Extrusion 3d Printer
Makerbot Z18 Fused Deposition Modeler

Prints 3-d objects by melting plastic and extruding models layer by layer. The main selling point of the Z18 is a large working area of 11.8 x 12 x 18 inches. It’s max resolution is .1 mm, and it prints PLA plastic, which is available in many colors, although you can only print one at a time. Prints from common 3d files (.stl, .obj )

Liquid Resin 3d Printer
Formlabs +1 Stereolithograph

The speciality of the Formlabs is fine resolution. It uses a UV laser to cure a liquid resin with the layers being as fine as .025mm. There are resins available that cure completely flexible, ones that are meant to burn out of molds for investment casting, and a few colors. Prints from common 3d files (.stl,.obj)

CNC mill/ 3D Contact Scanner
Roland Modela MDX-40A

This machine cuts 3-d models out of blocks or cylinders of wood, plastic, wax, foam or other materials of similar hardness. It has a maximum working size of 12 x 12 x 4 inches. It can cut in 4 axes with the rotary table attachment. It can etch the copper traces for custom circuit boards. The machine can produce parts with a tolerance of .05mm that require no surface finishing. It also has a contacting 3d scanner that can produce extremely fine resolution scans- down to .02mm- although it is very slow. Prints from common 3d files (.STL, .DXF, .3DM, or .IGS/.IGES) or without a model through a direct interface, for simple milling.

Powder Based Full Color 3d Printer (coming soon)
3D systems Projet 460+

 Glues gypsum powder together layer by layer to build 3d objects. Creates full color objects right out of the machine. Takes a bit of post-processing to clean up and strengthen objects, but build times are fast. Working area of 8 x10 x 8 inches. Common 3d file types.


In the past 18 years, Eyebeam has ignited the careers of nearly 300 visionary creators in emerging technologies and artistic practice. Today we are announcing a refocus on our primary mission: to support the next generation of artists, engineers, thinkers and makers who are not only building the future but are critically engaging with and creating its tools, working for a positive impact in the world.

As Eyebeam's new Director, Roddy Schrock is making his key focus the development of the strongest creative studio for emerging practice in the world, utilizing and building from his experience of having run Eyebeam’s Residencies. Eyebeam is using this opportunity to drill down on how we can even more actively fuse creative practices from a wide spectrum. We are refreshing and re-centering on what we do best, in a focused and urgent way.

Since our move to our current light-filled Creative Studios in Brooklyn, full of new equipment and uninterrupted workspace, we have been refocusing on what matters most and that is the talent that we support and foster through our Creative Residencies Program. This program is made up of Project Residencies (what was known as residencies) and Research Residencies (what we have called fellowships).

While we refocus on the Creative Residencies Program, we will still maintain our community engaging programs through exhibitions, panel discussions and workshops lead by the very residents we support.

With our illustrious history and great staff, Eyebeam is taking a clear turn towards the future, building on the work that has already been done and zeroing in on the potential of Eyebeam’s Creative Residencies Program. As we move towards our twentieth year, we hope you will actively join us as we continue to grow towards the future.

Stay tuned, there’s a lot more to come!



 Eyebeam is looking for a bookkeeper to oversee day-to-day financial management and output detailed and regular reports, working closely with the Director. Position includes light office management responsibilities. Should have ease working with Quickbooks software on an Accrual Basis. Part time position, 3 days/wk. Hourly rate negotiable.

Position involves:
Entering transactions and coding
Managing A/R and A/P
Track costs associated with programs and outstanding bills
Output P&L and projections Reports as needed
Process Payroll and post to GL
Oversight of minimal office coordination duties

Please e-mail info@eyebeam.org with a cover letter and resume with the subject line "EYEBEAM BOOKKEEPER".