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Nancy Nowacek, Mary Mattingly, Eve Mosher, Marina Zurkow
and Maria Aiolova in conversation as part of Outside/In
Audio recording

Eyebeam at the Seaport
October 28 7:00-9:00PM

What does it mean to live in a future made on the water?

The waterways are a space, a place, and a resource to explore, reclaim, and protect. That's the claim that these creative practitioners make: the waterways are a key to the city's future. For this panel discussion, Nancy Nowacek (whose work is currently on view in Outside/In), Mary Mattingly, Eve Mosher, Marina Zurkow and Maria Ailova will each present an image of the city in 50 years that fuels their current projects on New York City’s waterways. 

Life in New York City 2015, as elsewhere, is becoming more extreme. More people are competing for space on its islands and more goods are needed to serve them. We are told to expect more violent weather events, accompanied by more rain. In 2050, current predictions indicate a 30” rise in sea levels which will greatly alter the shape and size of Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. We are living in a sinking city where it’s harder to find a place to call home, harder to put food on the table, and harder to have a moment of spare time, free of work, to prepare: although we live on islands surrounded by water, few of us have any direct relationship to it. Meanwhile, the edges of the islands, instead of becoming softer and more porous, are turning into glass and steel luxury towers. Present day-to-day life is a struggle, and the future is grim. Or is it?

Nancy Nowacek investigates exchange between the body and labor and leisure, the built and natural environment. By drawing on grammars of exercise, functional movement, architecture, urban planning, and engineering systems, her work collapses thinking into doing to reinstate the body as relevant technology, channel for experience, and site of imagination. Nowacek is a Brooklyn-Based artist, adjunct faculty at NYU, and a Research Resident at Eyebeam.

Mary Mattingly’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently as part of the International Havana Biennial. With the U.S. Department of State and Bronx Museum of the Arts she participated in the smARTpower project, traveling to Manila. Mattingly founded the Waterpod Project, a barge-based public space and self-sufficient habitat. In 2014, shel aunched a collaborative artist residency on the water called WetLand in Philadelphia. 

Eve Mosher is an artist, interventionist and playworker-in-training, living and working in New York City with a serious interest in urban ecologies and sustainable development. Her works use investigations of the landscape as starting points for audience exploration of urban issues. Her public works raise issues on the environment, public/private space use, history of place, cultural and social issues and our understanding of the urban ecosystem. She produces collaborative works with Heidi Quante (Creative Catalysts).

Marina Zurkow is a media artist focused on near-impossible nature and culture intersections. She uses life science, materials, and technologies to foster intimate connections between people and non-human agents. Zurkow is a 2011 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellow.

Maria Aiolova is an educator, architect and urban designer in New York City. Her work is focused on the theory, science and application of ecological design. She is a Co-Founder of Terreform ONE. Presently, Maria is the Academic Director for the Global Architecture and Design Programs at CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange). She is an institutional adviser to New Lab at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. 





123456 (projection)
Clear text passwords leaked from Yahoo in 2012 projected in public space at the national library Montreal, October 2015.
Aram Bartholl 2015

Exhibition : ‘Common Place?‘ at Quatier de Spectacle, Montreal. October 2015
Part of ‘Human Futures‘ international project.

Pictures and video, Nelly-Eve Rajotte, THX!!
Programming Sebastian Schmieg, THX!


Kenneth Kirschner + Joshue OttJoanna CheungTega BrainLilian KreutzbergerGene Kogan + Lisa Kori Chung

Exhibition on view 11/19-12/20
Opening Reception: 11/19, 6-8PM
117 Beekman Street in Manhattan (Close to Titanic Park)
Open Tuesday - Sunday 12:00PM - 7:00PM

Lines don’t just separate; they also tie together the surfaces they split. This exhibition highlights five Eyebeam projects which probe at the porous boundary between the external and the internal, by examining how technologies make visible, audible or thinkable that which is normally hidden away inside.

A subtly interactive installation by Kirschner and Ott allows visitors’ gestures to take on a material form in light and sound. Cheung’s dialogues with her family inventively adapt computer code for its storytelling power. Using natural elements, Brain creates sensory experiences from the wi-fi networks which surround us. Kreutzberger’s paintings interrogate and layer invisible connectivities, while Kogan and Chung explore tools for digital performativity.

These works 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 was preceded by the exhibition Outside/In, which sought to bring digital imagery into dialogue with physical architecture.

Robust programming accompanies this exhibition, and will all take place in the Seaport location at 117 Beekman Street.

Daily tours by our professional docents at 12:30PM and 5:30PM

Artist-led tours take place every Saturday from 3:30-5 PM
Sat. 11/21 Lisa Kori Chung, Gene Kogan and Joanna Cheung
Sat. 12/5 Kenneth Kirschner and Joshue Ott
Sat. 12/12Lilian Kreutzberger
Sat. 12/19 Tega Brain

Take place from 6-8PM. Email rsvp@eyebeam.org to make sure you get a spot. 

Tue 11/24 "The Opera Tool Kit," a dramatic performance by Lisa Kori Chung and Gene Kogan
Thu 12/3 "variant," an audiovisual performance by Joshue Ott and Kenneth Kirschner
Wed 12/9 "Eccentric Engineering," panel moderated by Tega Brain


Kenneth Kirschner and Joshue Ott’s 2015 Spring/Summer Project Residency was productive: it culminated in the release of the Variant apps, 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 + Salome Asega plan 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