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.
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