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Torkwase Dyson and Joon Oluchi Lee in conversation, as part of Outside/In
Audio recording

Eyebeam at the Seaport 
November 8,  6:00-8:00PM

Surrounded by and through Beavers and Walls, the new work she created for Eyebeam’s exhibition Outside/In, artist Torkwase Dyson and writer Joon Oluchi Lee will engage in a collaborative dialogue about history, technology, race, and the feeling of the sublime. They will touch deeply upon how an historical space gets animated beyond and outside its own time, and the role of the artist in engaging the built environment of this history.  

Among the questions they will ask: how does the trauma of environmental racism reside and transform within the materiality of spatial sites? How can diagrammatic abstraction compel our acknowledgment of geographic patterns and architecture related to these histories? What role does technology have in the narrativizing of that history, and how we enfold it into the cells of our own being?

Torkwase Dyson is a 2014-2016 Eyebeam Research Resident. She deconstructs natural and built environments. In her practices of painting, drawing and sculpture, as well as in her long-term architectural projects, Dyson investigates spatial and ecological dignity through place-making. Dyson is based in Brooklyn, New York and is lecturer in painting/printmaking at Yale. She will be included in the upcoming exhibition, A Constellation, at the Studio Museum. 

Joon Oluchi Lee is the author of two books of fiction, 94 (Publication Studio Portland, 2015) and Lace Sick Bag (Publication Studio Portland, 2013).  His essays, including “The Joy of the Castrated Boy” (Social Text, F/W 2005), have appeared in various academic and alternative publications. His writing and textual performances can be found on twitter @girlscallmurder, girlscallmurder.com and lipstickeater.blogspot.com.


POST HACK or How To Send A Letter For Free:

A letter is a message written with a pen on a piece of paper (dead tree) which gets delivered in its physical original form[!!] to the recipients physical home address (house in a city i.e.). Wow, pretty cool concept, no?

  1. Materials: Paper (blank paper is ususally almost impossible to find but if you’re lucky there might be some sheets left in a printer near by), Pen (just ask your friend or cubical neighbor for a pen to borrow. I recommend to keep it after writing the letter, you might need it again later…)
  2. Write a letter (ask your friend for a FB like or something…) and fold the paper to an envelope (see video)
  3. Adress!: Now the important part! On the envelope swapp the names of sender and recipient!  put the real recipient in the field of the sender and make up a non existing address for the official recipient field.
  4. NO STAMP!!  Send it off and wait for the letter  to ‘return’ to the ‘sender’.

How does it work? The postal service will try to deliver the letter to the recipients home. Due to wrong address it will  fail and the letter will ‘go back’ to ‘the sender’ which is the real recipient. In my first try below I just swapped sender and receiver which led to a visit at the post office in Berlin where I had to reject my own letter to make it ‘go back’ to ‘the sender’ in Berlin.

On Tuesday October 20th after class I posted the letter at a letter box (funny metal container in public, different colors depending on the country you re in) in Kassel

Since I put my real address as recipient the Deutsche Post did send me a note (another piece of paper!)  to my Berlin address to let me know they have a letter for me. They also announced it’s gonna cost extra money because the sender was so stupid to put no stamp.

So I went to the Post office on Torstrasse in Berlin and told the clerk that I don t know the sender and that I m not gonna pay 62 cents + 51 cents fine for this strange piece of paper. No problem she said and filed it away…

Finally!! Yesterday on Sunday (prolly on Saturday, five days later) the letter arrived at Constants place in Berlin. Thanks for the tweet! :) https://twitter.com/constantdull/status/657978567381397504  Love it! What a beautiful envelope with all these extra notes and stamps on it.



Kenneth Kirschner and Joshue Ott in conversation with Yuri Suzuki

 Museum of Modern Art
October 23 6:00-8:00PM

MoMA and Eyebeam are hosting a conversation about the intersection of design and technology in creative practice. Participants include current Eyebeam artists-in-residence Joshue Ott and Kenneth Kirschner, and Design Interactions Studio featured designer Yuri Suzuki. Drinks and lively conversation guaranteed. 

Each week the Design Social features artists, designers, and inventors talking about the intersections between design, technology, and creative practice. Free and open to all ages.

Enter through the Cullman Education building at 4 West 54th Street and not through the main museum entrance. This event takes place in conjunction with the exhibition Design Interactions Studio.


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!


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.

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

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.