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Do you love to hate pop culture? See an ad, music video or viral video and think it would be so much better with one simple subversive tweak? This day-long workshop will cover the basics of mash up-video making and pop culture hacking. Participants will debate what makes a good mash up, make their own and upload the results to the web. And a course in mashing up media would be irresponsible if it didn't include a lesson on the ins-and-outs of fair use and copyright as it applies to creative works on YouTube! Come hack pop culture with us! 


Elisa Kreisinger is a Brooklyn-based pop culture hacker. Her work includes remixing Mad Men into feminists and The Real Housewives into lesbians. Elisa's 2012 US Copyright Office testimony helped win crucial exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, decriminalizing DVD ripping for artistic statements. She is a contributor to the forthcoming books, The Book of Jezebel and The Routledge Companion to Remix Studies both due out this year. Elisa speaks around the world on the power of remix and remaking pop culture. http://www.popculturepirate.com/


  • Laptop (please notify Erica at erica@eyebeam.org if you need a computer)
  • Final Cut Pro 7 or X (free trial version here.)
  • Knowledge or interest in popular culture and/or the internet.

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Creating and managing digital archives, catalogs, and collections is a growing concern as organizations seek to manage files and records, metadata-gather, and enable complex searches of their cultural production, ephemera, archives and/or born-digital assets.

This one-evening, two-part workshop goes in-depth on two popular and well-supported open-source digital archiving and collections management softwares that address these issues. We'll look at Omeka, used primarily in academic and digital humanities projects; and CollectiveAccess, used primarily in GLAM [Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums] projects.

The first half of the workshop will orient you to who uses and how these softwares are implemented, what to expect and consider in a cataloging software project; and includes an overview of features,  metadata schemas, and problems to look out for.

The second half dives deeper into a hands-on comparison of these two programs, and participants will have an opportunity to build [and break!] from web interfaces and command-line access.


Hadassah Damien is a technologist, catalog software developer, and digital communications specialist at Openflows. As a community organizer who also implements technology to help activists succeed, and a multimedia artist who also builds digital archives, her work intersects functionality with agility, practicality, and the democratic politics of open-source cultures. She has collaborated on digital collection sites for John Jay library, The Interference Archive,  and more. She holds an MA in American Studies, and a Certificate in Interactive Technology and Pedagogy from the CUNY Graduate Center. www.femmetech.org

Openflows Community Technology Lab is a NYC-based worker cooperative committed to bringing collaborative and cutting edge open source software [FLOSS] solutions to non-profit organizations, NGOs, libraries, progressive community organizations, and more. Since 2003 we have specialized in planning, configuration, and customization of FLOSS for large and small organizations worldwide. www.openflows.com


Bring your own laptop (Please notify Erica at erica@eyebeam.org if you need a computer)

The first half of the workshop is geared to participants of all technical backgrounds.

The second half is geared to those comfortable with some web-building. If you are ok using WordPress, you'll be ok at this section. Please bring a computer or be comfortable using a station at Eyebeam, as we will be learning by using. If you bring your own machine, ensure you have a command-line tool, an HTML editor [try TextWrangler if you don't have one], and a few images to load into the systems to test it out.


Part 1 - 6:30PM-8:00PM - Theory, digital catalog/archive project overview

Part 2 - 8:30-10:00PM - Hands-on learning, technical interfacing, back-end

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In anticipation of Eyebeam's upcoming exhibition in collaboration with Moving Image Fair, New York, March 7th - 9th, Eyebeam Storefront presents a book launch and panel with author and artist Chris Meigh-Andrews. The event outlines the approach and concerns of his book "A History of Video Art" (Bloomsbury, 2013). He will be joined by a panel of distinguished video artists, writers and curators from the USA and the UK who will discuss their own attitudes to the development of the medium and how it has influenced and impacted their approach and ideas including Peter Campus, Beryl Korot, Terry Flaxton, Chris Meigh-Andrews, Mary Lucier and Lori Zippay. 

Video art is now an established and accepted art form, but this has not always been the case. During its comparatively short history the genre has evolved from a marginalized and obscure underground activity to its current dominant position, transformed by rapidly changing technological, cultural, social and political events. Join Eyebeam for a discussion on the value, impact and importance of the history of video as an art form and its continued relevance in contemporary practice.

Chris Meigh-Andrews is a video artist and writer who has been making and exhibiting screen-based video and sculptural moving image installations since the mid 1970’s. His site-specific and commissioned installations often incorporate renewable energy systems and establish direct relationships with the natural and constructed environment. 

Peter Campus, widely recognized as a pioneer in video art and in computer-enhanced digital photography, has had one-person shows of his seminal interactive and single channel video in major museums throughout the world and in distinguished group exhibitions. 

Beryl Korot has pioneered the field of video art and in particular multiple channel works since the early 1970's. She was co-editor of Radical Software (1970), the first publication to discuss the possibilities of the new video medium, and Video Art (1976). 

Terry Flaxton has been an impassioned, indefatigable presence in British Independent Video for almost two decades. During this time he has assembled an impressive body of work encompassing powerful, polemical documentary (produced as a member of ground-breaking outfits Vida and Triplevision) and highly personal, poetic video art. 

Mary Lucier is an American artist who has worked in many mediums including sculpture, photography, and performance. Concentrating primarily on video and installation since 1973, she has produced numerous multiple- and single-channel pieces.

Lori Zippay is the Executive Director of Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI) in New York. Over the past twenty years, she has also curated numerous exhibitions, written, taught, and lectured extensively, and has participated in many panels, conferences and international festival juries.


- Download the software script in Processing and the examples to make your own HD stencils

The stencils are digitally generated by a simple code, printed with laser cutters, to then be used with regular spray paint.

High Definition Stencils - How It Works
This is a painting technique rendered with special stencils and spray paint, that begins with the use of custom-made software and laser cutters, using four channels as in subtractive color printing. Once printed, the stencils have the potential be used on a range of surfaces, from small pieces of paper to walls of buildings.

Each element of a given image begins as a PSD file so that it can be split into four channels, CMYK, for subtractive color printing. The individual channels are then saved as four JPGs, inverted in negative for each color channel of the image.

A custom-made software script in Processing transforms the JPGs into PDF vector files, ready to be used with the laser cutter. The script in Processing draws a vector grid of tiny holes, which never overlap, and their scale corresponds to the luminance of the pixels from the initial JPG. Through the settings in the script, it is also possible to determine the shape of of the pinholes (circle, triangle, square, star, etc.), regulate the resolution of the grid of the stencil by changing the density, and the maximum and minimum size of the pinholes. Once the PDF is printed through the laser cutter, the resulting stencil is ready to be sprayed. Four stencils will need to be cut from each initial JPG to recreate a full-color painting.

The size of the JPGs, in centimeters or inches, will be the actual final size of the PDFs and of the physical stencil; therefore, size should be taken into consideration for the laser cutter and for printing on various surfaces. The DPI of the source JPGs will only slightly affect the resolution of the stencil, but not the size; so, even low resolution JPGs (72 DPI) will produce a high quality HD stencil. These notes about the DPI should be considered taken from preliminary experiments.

With the four resulting stencils, each layer is applied in order of the abbreviation of the channels, spraying the stencils in order of color: first, Cyan; second Magenta; third, Yellow; and last, Black. White background surfaces yield the best results.

The stencils are keyed so that the layers and the offset align, resulting in a full-color image painted on any surface. This is facilitated through the template of the PDF with alignment holes cut by the laser cutter at the same position for each layer.

The script in Processing as well as the Technique HD Stencils invented and created for this project are released in Open Source with Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike CC BY-NC-SA. This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon the work non-commercially as long as they credit the artist Paolo Cirio and license their new creations under the identical terms.


This artwork questions the use of Video Visitation technology introduced in US prisons over the past several years. The term "White Torture" originally comes from Iran, where intellectuals, activists and detainees themselves use it to refer to the use of incommunicado solitary confinement. In the installation a reproduction of the Video Visitation device is installed inside a small, uncomfortable white booth. One by one, audience members come inside the booth to watch the videos and pick up the phone receiver to try to communicate through the device. The videos played on the screen are clips recorded from the previous person in the booth. These recordings are extremely overexposed, with the white color and white noise in the speakers, making the images opaque and the sounds very hard to understand. The device plays in the previously recorded short video for each subsequent visitor. Afterwards, it publishes the clips on a public website. By taking part in a disturbed encounter with themselves, the installation's participants ultimately become prisoners of the mediated human interpersonal communication. The audience's experience in first person is a symbolic representation of White Torture - social and sensory isolation through both the attempt to communicate with someone not present, visible or audible, and the state of being under camera surveillance.


As part of the 2014 Annual Showcase, join participating Eyebeam artists for a full day of invigorating inquiry into critical approaches to emerging technologies and their creative usage.  Topics will include: Art and Speculative Physics, Fair Use and Creative Rights Online, Opacity and Imperceptibility within Technology, and Bushwick: Learning Lessons from The East Village and SoHo.


Schedule of Events:

11:30AM -12:00PM

Doors Open

12:00PM - 1:00PM


The machine logic of labor is so clear on paper. In action, however, inputs are shaped by ideological assumptions and historical baggage and outputs interpreted by the same, effectively reproducing those biases. The practices of the two artists on this panel shed light on this, both tracing beginnings and endings of operation.

Aggregating lines envisioned by Brancusi, Rodin, and Hepworth, Vitruvius, Gropius, and Koolhaas, for Eyebeam Resident Nick Hornby's monumental sculptures and speculative designs accumulate art historical and architectural references result in image/objects both familiar and estranged. Wyatt Niehaus's newest body of moving image work, undertaken while a 2013 Eyebeam resident, studies the rhythms of fully-automated 'light-out' factory machinery that runs without human supervision, capturing the unexpected aesthetic flourishes of technology at peak efficiency. 

Panelists: Nick Hornby, Eyebeam alumnus, artist; Wyatt Niehaus, Eyebeam Resident, artist

Moderator: Zachary Kaplan, Rhizome Community Manager 

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

On Bushwick: Contradiction, Co-Dependence or Conspiracy? The Reification of Avant-Garde Practice

This panel will discuss social and political aspects of the Bushwick art scene. It will be couched in the terms of the institutionalization of an avant-garde that is currently commodified by the speculative art market and at the same time, subject to MFA-ification: its reification as established pedagogy. This creates a climate in which both professional credibility and proximity to the gallery scene are now understood to be necessary though not sufficient for an artist to survive. Thus the narrative of idealism and real-estate development, and the very complex relationship between the utopian goals of the avant-garde and of youth and creative artistic energy, must be reconsidered in terms of those apparently contradictory forces  - of the speculative market and the business of art. This phenomenon has most recently crystalized in Bushwick, but also manifested historically in both Soho and in the East Village. Panelists are gallerists who will discuss these questions in terms of their personal experiences.

Panelists: Kelani Nichole, Transfer Gallery; Nicholas O'Brien, artist and independant curator;Wendy Olsoff, PPOW; Tom Weinrich, Interstate Projects

Moderator: Mostafa Heddaya, managing editor Hyperallergic  

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Fair User: Art and Copyright online

With the democratization of content creation came a preponderance of overzealous copyright claims. Do private agreements between copyright holders and hosting platforms such as YouTube compromise artist's fair use rights? This open discussion invites artists to share their copyright experiences with hosting platforms and debate the future of distributing digital works online. Useful tools to make fair use decisions more confidently will be shared. 

Panelists: Patricia Aufderheide, Co-Director of the Center for Social Media and author of Reclaiming Fair Use: How to Put Balance Back in CopyrightElisa Kreisinger, video artist and artist-in-residence at Eyebeam and Public Knowledge; Michael Weinberg, Co-Vice President of Public Knowledge, a digital advocacy group in Washington, D.C., and author of It Will Be Awesome If They Don’t Screw It Up: 3D Printing, Intellectual Property, and the Fight Over the Next Great Disruptive Technology

3:30PM - 4:00PM


4:00 PM - 5:00PM

Elsewheres: Of alternate universes and other speculations

The artists will be joined in conversation by Dr. Janna Levin a theoretical cosmologist based at Columbia University and Kevin Slavin, Assistant Professor at the MIT Media Lab. Together they will present examples of speculation and simulation in contemporary science as well as in other fields, contextualizing their installation Elsewheres: The Miracle of W 540 21st Street. The conversation will focus on how our world view is being shaped by speculation, how it always has been and what this means for both artistic practices and for society as a whole.

Panelists: Dr. Janna Levin, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Barnard College, Columbia University; Sascha Pohflepp, Eyebeam Resident and artist; Kevin Slavin, Assistant Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, MIT Media Lab; Chris Woebken, Eyebeam Resident and artist



5:00PM - 6:00PM

Contemporary Temporary - Sound Works and Music (CT-SWaM) presents: Sound In Conversation - Disruptive Resonances Away From the Phenomenon

This roundtable will explore sound as a technological, physical, and artistic phenomena. All three participants share a practice of curating and organizing sound art works, but coming from three different angles, each one of them with his own artistic practice and active in other disciplines. Daniel Neumann, organizer of the series CT-SWaM at Eyebeam has invited writer and sound art curator Morten Søndergaard from Denmark, and composer, installation artist and sound art curator Michael J. Schumacher to talk about ephemeral qualities, aesthetic concerns in spatial sound, post-indeterminacy, the ‘sound citizen’, and how context is fragile - resonate and decaying. 

Panelists: Daniel Neumann, Eyebeam alumnus, sound artist and curator; Michael J. Schumacher, founder and director of Diapason Gallery; Morten Søndergaard, media art curator, writer, and critic



CT-SWaM (Contemporary Temporary Sound Works And Music) is Eyebeam’s late night concert series curated by Eyebeam Alumni Daniel Neumann, happening intermittently in Eyebeam’s Main Space. The series focuses on contemporary sound experiments, electro-acoustic multi-channel performance, social relations, improvisation, lowercase artistic presence, and topology – study of place/space with a spatial concept that goes beyond linear, geometrical understandings of space. 


Andrea Williams, 'Leitfarbe'

Multi-channel, electro-acoustic composition that involves interactive improvisation with the audience.

David First's The Western Enisphere, 'DLYDOT+'

The ensemble will present pieces tailored for the unique characteristics of Eyebeam's Main Space. 

Byron Westbrook, 'Untitled'

A three-channel audio dispersion work which utilizes the architecture of Eyebeam to explore a dynamic of play between heightened awareness of the listening space vs representation of external or fabricated spaces.  

About the artists:

Andrea Williams is a sound artist and composer currently living in Oakland, CA. She utilizes site-specific elements and perceptual cues to reveal the unseen connections between people and their environment. Her compositions make use of field recordings, instruments, computer technologies and the sound of the performance space itself. She has led soundwalks in New York and the Bay Area, and has shown and performed both solo and with various musicians at galleries and alternative spaces internationally, such as the Whitney Museum, Headlands Center for the Arts, Children’s Creativity Museum, NPR, Miami Art Fair, and the Mamori sound artist residency in the Amazon rainforest. Andrea is a founding member of the New York Society for Acoustic Ecology and is the Co-Director of the sound art non-profit, 23five, in San Francisco.


David First's most recent project, The Western Enisphere is a drone and micro-pulse acoustic-electric ensemble featuring violist Jeanann Dara, trombonist Sam Kulik, laptop & audio mixer Will Stanton, percussionists Danny Tunick & Michael Evans as well as First on ebow guitar.


Byron Westbrook is an artist and composer working with the dynamic quality of physical space through site-specific installations and unique listening formats to activate architecture and community. He has presented work at Clocktower Gallery, LMAK Projects, ISSUE Project Room, Diapason Gallery, ExitArt (NYC), ICA London, Human Resources (Los Angeles), The LAB (San Francisco), VIVO MediaArtCenter (Vancouver), O’ (Milan). He has been an artist in residence at Clocktower Gallery, Wassaic Project, Diapason Gallery, Hotel Pupik, and Institute of Intermedia. He has releases with Sedimental, Los Discos Enfantasmes, Three:Four Records. He holds an MFA from the Milton Avery Graduate School of Arts at Bard College and lives and works in Brooklyn NY.


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The series is supported by the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University.


Wu Juehui is a recipient of the TASML | Carroll Fletcher Residency Award  

Wu Juehui lives and works in Hangzhou. He is the cutting-edge artist of China’s new media art. In recent years, he focuses on the “potential interface” between art and science, between body and media in collaboration with institutes such as Tsinghua University, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Hangzhou Dianzi University. In 2009, Wu Juehui, in collaboration with TASML, started the long-term art project “Brain Station” based on BCI (Brain-Computer Interface) technology. 

Wu has participated in several national and international media art exhibitions and festivals, such as “ZERO1 Biennial”,” Translife – International Triennial of New Media Art”,“Synthetic Times – Media Art China 2008″, “Creators Project 2012”, “SHIFT- Electronic Arts Festival”.

In 2010, Wu Juehui and Shao Ding founded the art group “MeatMedia”, focusing on the “Emotional Interface” in an attempt to find a balance between the“Dry media”and the“Wet media”. Wu Juehui is also a co-founder of “UFO media lab” – the leading new media artist collective in China that focuses on the social application of new media art.

Teaches at School of Intermedia Art, China Academy of Art
Artist in residence at Lab of Neural Engineering, Tsinghua University
Co-FounderUFO Media Lab

'I Have No Words' Emoji and the New Visual Vernacular was a panel discussion with Ramsey Nasser, Fred Benenson, Zoë Salditch, Jenna Wortham, and moderated by Lindsey Weber that took place on Saturday, December 14th, 2013 as part of the Emoji Art & Design Show presented by Eyebeam, Forced Meme Productions and GroupMe with additional support from ArtsTech.

Cast: Eyebeam Art + Technology Center

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Wages For Facebook draws upon ideas from a 1970s feminist activist campaign as means to think through and challenge relationships of capitalism, class and affective labor at stake within social media today.

In the 70s Wages For Housework demanded that the state pay women for their unwaged housework and caregiving, as the market economy was built upon massive amounts of this unacknowledged work—and its laborers could be seen to constitute a huge working class entirely overlooked by existing Marxist or socialist critiques. Wages for Housework built upon discourse from the anticolonial movement in order to extend the analysis of unwaged labor from the factory to the home. Along these lines Wages For Facebook attempts to draw upon feminist discourse to extend the discussion of unwaged labor to new forms of value creation and exploitation online.

In 2012 Facebook reached more than 1 billion users and generated a revenue of 5.1 billion dollars. It is the first social-media website to be traded on the stock exchange wherein all content on its site is created by its users. Is what we do on Facebook work? How would we calculate our value? What could an alternate form of social media, based on an idea of the commons or a feminist praxis, look like?

As soon as it launched in January 2014 wagesforfacebook.com was graced with over 20,000 views (and counting)—clearly touching a collective nerve and beginning a broader public conversation about worker's rights and the very nature of labor, as well as the politics of its refusal, in our digital age.

Engendering much public debate, it has been frequently tweeted; discussed by mainstream and left media; spawned an activist group; analyzed across disciplines of geography, cultural studies, anthropology, public health, labor and more; and is the subject of workshops and installations in the art context taking place in Chicago, New York, London, San Diego, San Francisco, Stockholm, Toronto.