Eyebeam is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2015 Awards: Celebrating Creativity and Courage in Art & Technology: Ayah Bdeir and Trevor Paglen.
Ayah Bdeir is being honored for enabling current and future generations to easily explore technology's creative potential and Trevor Paglen for helping citizens understand the profound magnitude of digital surveillance through a variety of media. Together, their creative and provocative work demystifies public understanding of technology.
Ayah Bdeir is the founder and CEO of littleBits, the company putting the power of electronics into the hands of everyone. The company makes a library of electronic modules that snap together with magnets to let anyone build, invent, and prototype with electronics. littleBits breaks down powerful technology and has lowered the barriers to experimentation and learning for artists, designers, educators, and students. Bdeir also helped author and champion the Open Hardware Standard, which enables future creators to freely share their work.
Trevor Paglen, trained as a geographer and photographer, exposes and documents the state of American surveillance in the 21st century. His work illuminates the relationship between image and truth. His cinematography was recently featured in the Oscar Award winning documentary Citizenfour on the work of Edward Snowden and the NSA spying scandal.
The two will accept their awards at Eyebeam's first Award Benefit Celebrating Creativity and Courage in Art & Technology on April 21st at Sony’s Wonder Technology Lab (550 Madison Ave. at 56th St.). Tickets here.