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Ever wonder who the best rapper ever is? Who used the phrase 'On Fleek' first? Who 
rap's favorite basketball player is? Which sneaker is more hip-hop: Adidas or Nike?

The Rap Research Lab is a studio for teens to explore art, data visualization, graphic 
design and the stats behind Beats, Rhymes & Life in a creative environment.

Tuesdays & Thursdays
October 6, 2015 - January 20, 2016
Showcase Event: January 23, 2016
12-Week Program

Eyebeam @ Industry City, Sunset Park
34 35th Street
5th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11232

Subway - D/N/R 36th Street
Bus - B35 bus to 39th Street and 2nd Avenue

Free snacks and MetroCards

No previous art or technology experience needed!


Recent Free Workshops:
August 19, Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls
August 22, McCarren Play Center

Questions? Email erica@eyebeam.org

This program is made possible in part by the generous funding from

and the support of our partners





Aram Bartholl 2015
permanent outdoor installation
material:  rock, steel, router, usb-key, thermoelectric generator, fire, software, PDF database
size: 100 x 110 x 90 cm

at Landart Kunstverein Springhornhof Neuenkirchen, Niedersachsen, Germany
commissioned by Center for Digital Cultures, Leuphana University Lüneburg
curated by Andreas Broeckmann, Leuphana Arts Program

inauguration: Sunday, August 30, 2015, 11:00 am at Springhornhof

The boulder from the region Neuenkirchen, Niedersachsen contains a thermoelectric generator which converts heat directly  into electricity. Visitors are invited to make a fire next to the boulder to power up the wifi router in the stone which then reveals a large collection of PDF survival guides.  The piratebox.cc inspired router which is NOT connected to the Internet offers the users to download the guides and upload any content they like to the stone database .  As long as the fire produces enough heat the router will stay switched on. The title Keepalive refers to a technical network condition where two network endpoints send each other ‘empty’ keepalive messages to maintain the connection. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keepalive   To visit the piece please arrange an appointment with Springhornhof.de.

The project “Keepalive” by Aram Bartholl was realised in the context of the research project “Art and Civic Media”, as part of the Innovation Incubator Lüneburg, a large EU project funded by the European Fund for Regional Development and the Germna State of Lower Saxony.



Official Invitation (german)




You are warmly invited to the Keepalive opening on Sunday, 30th of August 2015

11.00 a.m. Meeting point at Kunstverein Springhornhof
Leave for Hartböhn by car (approx. 10 min) or by bicycle (approx. 20 min, rental bikes are available)

11.30 a.m.
Greeting: Prof. Dr. Martin Warnke (Chair of Art Association)
In discussion: Andreas Broeckmann (Leuphana Arts Program) & Aram Bartholl

Food, drinks and data sharing at the campfire


“Keepalive” by Aram Bartholl (*1972 in Bremen) looks just like a normal rock from the outside. There is no sign that the stone, which lies inconspicuously in Lüneburger Heide on the edge of idyllic Hartböhn, contains hundreds of digital books. An internal thermoelectric generator and WiFi router must be activated by a lighting a fire under the rock before an electronic survival guide library can be accessed. Data and text can also be added by smartphone or laptop.

Media artist Aram Bartholl works with paths of knowledge and information communication that work against the developments of the digital age and question our handling of data. In this and other projects, he undermines power structures and control mechanisms in the use of internet services and data transmission, mostly through the introduction of a random, uncontrollable element.

In “Keepalive” the stone itself becomes the data medium. In a very archaic, but at the same time clandestine manner, information can be exchanged only locally — in contrast to networked servers, services and clouds worldwide, this rock is not connected to the internet. You have to get close to nature in the countryside, find the stone and make a fire to activate the data source. Anyone can do it once they have found out the exact location of the stone from either the nearby Kunstverein Springhornhof or another source.

Following the advice in the survival guides prepares you — this is the promise at least — for solo survival in the chaotic world of computer programming as much as for solo survival in the wilderness. “Keepalive” examines what “survival” really means and sounds out our true needs. The work resists the centralising forces of the Internet, raises questions about the democracy of knowledge management and ignites an autonomy backlash.” (Jennifer Bork)


The “Keepalive” project by Aram Bartholl was created in conjunction with the research project “Art and Civic Media” as part of Innovations-Inkubators Lüneburg, a major EU project supported by the European Regional Development Fund and the State of Lower Saxony.


Extended until 31 October!

Since 1997, New York-based Eyebeam has actively provided support for and exposure of projects that critically engage with emerging technology and crack it open in unexpected ways. For this exhibition, Eyebeam's Director Roddy Schrock has asked some of Eyebeam’s most forward-looking and adventurous artists working in myriad tech-related forms, from conceptual to sound arts, to render their work into objects. The resultant pieces challenge, quiz, and interrogate notions of materiality and its porous relationship to data and concepts. Featuring work by Chloë Bass, Zach Blas, James Bridle, Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Zach Gage, Brian House and Addie Wagenknecht.

Presented with Upfor Gallery in Portland, OR. 



Ever wonder who the best rapper ever is? Who used the phrase 'On Fleek' first? Who 
rap's favorite basketball player is? Which sneaker is more hip-hop: Adidas or Nike?

The Rap Research Lab is a studio for teens to explore art, data visualization graphic 
design and the stats behind Beats, Rhymes & Life in a creative environment.

No previous art or technology experience needed!


McCarren Playhouse

Computer Resource Center

776 Lorimer St
, Brooklyn, NY

Between Bayard & Driggs

Transportation: L - Metropolitan / G - Nassau

This workshop is an introduction to the FREE Rap Research Lab after-school program that begins September 17th at EYEBEAM.

Questions? Email erica@eyebeam.org

This program is made possible in part by the generous funding from

and the support of our partners







pictures! https://www.flickr.com/photos/bartholl/sets/72157658278862521

ALUHUT WORKSHOP  (tin foil hat workshop)

at Chaos Communication Camp 2015 http://events.ccc.de/camp/2015/wiki/Main_Page

Make your own aluminum hat (much better than tin foil!!) to protect yourself  from any waves and all surveillance!! It is very very safe! :)) Just drop by!


DAY 2, Friday 14.8.2015, 14:00 – 18:00 h

C-base village, next to BER.


Opera Toolkit is a collection of open-source audiovisual software for performing artists and an approach to developing new forms of collaborative multimedia performance, initiated by Colin Self, Lisa Kori Chung, and Gene Kogan, and is currently in development at Eyebeam.

The goal is to enable musicians, writers, choreographers, and other performers to incorporate multimedia into their creative process with customizable software and structured prompts, by hosting a series of performances and participatory workshops, and freely releasing the accompanying software for other artists to extend their craft.

This debut workshop from Colin, Lisa, and Gene will allow participants to experiment for the first time with novel techniques at the forefront of new media, creating real-time mappings among audio and visual effects, including real-time vocal processing, projection mapping, and electronically-mediated audience interaction. This improvisatory multimedia environment is coupled with an inquiry into how structured improvisation and performance prompts can spur the formation of a nascent form of electronic opera.

Software used includes openFrameworks, Ableton Live, Processing, and Max/MSP, and includes modules for mediating communicating among them, enabling artists familiar with any of these tools to “plug” in seamlessly, incorporating the toolkit into their workflow.


This playtest is presented as part of the 'Making Patterns' exhibit showing at 117 Beekman Street.

Join former Eyebeam Computational Fashion Fellow Kaho Abe to playtest Hotaru Prototype #2, a two-person cooperative wearable playful experience. This is the continuation of Kaho's exploration into Costumes as Game Controllers with Hotaru. A playtest is a chance to beta test this game in progress and provide feedback directly to the artist.



Kaho Abe is a Media Artist and Game Designer, and currently the Artist in Residence at the NYU-Poly Game Innovation Lab. Her work primarily consists of physical playful interactions that are designed to bring people together face to face with the use of technology. More recently she has been exploring Costumes as Game Controllers and teaches classes at NYU-Poly and an afterschool program at Eyebeam about building custom controllers for games and game design.

Hotaru Prototype #2 is supported by Eyebeam and the NYU-Poly Game Innovation Lab.



This workshop is presented as part of the 'Making Patterns' exhibit showing at 117 Beekman Street.


Turn your body into a digital interface with conductive ink and a wearable air mouse. This workshop will show you how create a circuit on your arms and hands with this unique material.  Then use hand gestures to manipulate computers and interact with the digital world.  

No previous experience or knowledge required!
Minumum age requirement is 16 years old.

Take home your wearable air mouse and the knowledge to turn it into an extension of your hand!

Xin Liu is a media artist, interaction researcher and engineer who uses installation, performance and mixed media as platforms to discuss the complex relationship among technology, social culture and ideology.  Xin has presented her installation works in New York, Boston, Providence, Beijing, and Munich.  As a Human Computer Interface researcher, Xin has worked in research institutions including Microsoft Research NYC\Asia, Google ATAP, and TASML.  Xin is currently a Masters candidate at the Fluid Interface Group, MIT Media Lab. She will be an artist-in-residence at Wagon Station encampment, CA in October, 2015.



This panel is presented as part of the 'Making Patterns' exhibit showing at 117 Beekman Street. 

Moderated by writer Joanne McNeil, this discussion focuses on fashion accessories and garments that counter oppression, harassment, and surveillance through technology and speculative design. Forms of violence like state oppression or street harassment become increasingly high-tech, controlling the movement, privacy, and safety of bodies in unprecedented ways. How might clothing and adornment become the first line of resistance and a way to shift the power dynamic?

Panelists: Lisa Kori Chung, Iltimas Doha and Adam Harvey.

Entering Parsons New School of Design in the fall, Iltimas Doha took a gap year to be an Eyebeam Student Resident and to work with emerging technologies with the goal of creating more meaningful experiences in classrooms all around the world.  He is currently working on a hoodie that could be used as a tool to protect youth from police harassment. Read about his project here.

Lisa Kori Chung is an artist, creative producer and researcher working in the realms of sound, performance, and the future of fashion. As a 2010-2011 Watson Fellow, she documented various communities that formed around technologically-based art practices. This interest in collaboration and community building, as well as bridging different forms of knowledge, has continued throughout her projects. These include Open Fit (with Kyle McDonald), an open source clothing workflow that brings pattern making knowledge into the Processing environment, Opera Toolkit (with Gene Kogan and Colin Self), open source audiovisual tools to spur new approaches to narrative and staging in multimedia performance, and Anti-NIS Accessories (with Caitlin Morris), speculative wearables to counteract future brain scanning surveillance.

Adam Harvey is an artist and technologist exploring the impacts of surveillance technology. His work imagines new ways of adapting to a world of total surveillance through design and fashion. Harvey's past projects include CV Dazzle, camouflage from face detection; Stealth Wear, camouflage from thermal cameras, and the OFF Pocket, a faraday cage phone case. He is the founder of the Privacy Gift Shop, an ecommerce site for countersurveillance art and privacy accessories; teaches at New York University; and is an inaugural member at NEW INC, New Museum's art/tech incubator.

Joanne McNeil is a writer interested in the ways that technology is shaping art, politics, and society. She was recently a Resident at Eyebeam, and is a 2015 fellow at the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation, recipient of the Arts Writing Fellowship Award to an emerging writer in digital arts. She is a contributing writer/editor for The Message, the technology-focused opinion magazine published by Medium. She is collaborating on the Digital Media and Learning Competition’s Trust Challenge award winning proposal to develop workshops for building private networks. She is currently writing a book on privacy and internet culture. She writes about things like broken iPhones, virtual assistants in airports, the Chelsea Manning trial, and the future of novels.


Eyebeam is a partner of South Street Seaport's Culture District