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This is a monthly game testing event for independent game developers and enthusiasts run by former Eyebeam fellow Kaho Abe and Come Out & Play. The focus will be on play-testing, open dialogue and discussion around games in development.

This monthly meeting is a great opportunity for game developers to get valuable feedback for projects in progress. For game enthusiasts, these events are a place to learn more about the game development process, techniques and systems behind games. The goal of these monthly meetings is not only to encourage and nurture the development of high quality games through testing and discussion, but also to create opportunities for game testers, players and enthusiasts to become more engaged and active in the game development community.

This is a monthly game testing event for independent game developers and enthusiasts run by former Eyebeam fellow Kaho Abe and Come Out & Play. The focus will be on play-testing, open dialogue and discussion around games in development.

This monthly meeting is a great opportunity for game developers to get valuable feedback for projects in progress. For game enthusiasts, these events are a place to learn more about the game development process, techniques and systems behind games. The goal of these monthly meetings is not only to encourage and nurture the development of high quality games through testing and discussion, but also to create opportunities for game testers, players and enthusiasts to become more engaged and active in the game development community.

The facilities and surroundings of Eyebeam make it an ideal place to test a variety of games -- from analog to digital, from street to computer games, from board games to art games, and more. Some things that maybe available during the event, depending on ongoing gallery events, include: projector, speakers, mixer, computer stations (Mac) with Internet, Wi-Fi, large indoor space, sidewalk space, various public parks in the area including the High Line and public areas by the pier (see map).

Events are scheduled every third Saturday, 2:00PM-5:00PM.
To attend the next event, please RSVP here.
Persons interested in submitting a game to test must indicate requirements to test, goals of testing, as well as number of people required to test on this form.

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We are pleased to announce that three Eyebeam alumni have taken home prizes at ARS Electronica's awards in Linz, Austria. 

Former Fellow Paolo Cirio won the Golden Nica award in Interactive Art for his piece "Loophole for All". Development of this piece was an integral part of Paolo's fellowship at Eyebeam in 2012.

Jonathan Minard and James George were given honorable mention in the Interactive Art category for their film "Clouds". Early development of "Clouds" was done with the support of Eyebeam during the artists' residencies in 2012. 

We congratulate them for their achievements!

For more information on the winners of other 2014 Prix ARS Electronica awards look here.

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The Knitted Radio is part of an ongoing investigation towards using traditional textile crafting techniques to create electronic components and devices from scratch. The overall investigation questions whether ‘what’ one makes is really more important than ‘how’ one makes things. The tactile piece manifests how to knit a sweater that is also a FM radio transmitter. By equipping the wearer with the ability to occupy electronic space, the casual knitwear intends to inspire local, free communication structures. The experiment is dedicated to the diverse crowd involved in recent Gezi Park protests in Taksim Square, Istanbul.

The residency at Eyebeam was dedicated to the production of the sweater and the development of the according knitting pattern, the way popular knitting magazines publish their models. That allows the reproduction of the sweater/FM transmitter through manual knitting techniques. The research on the broader topic will continue as arts-based research project at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria. The progress can be followed at www.stitchingworlds.net

The Knitted Radio has been supported by the Bundeskanzleramt Österreich, Bundesministerium für Kunst und Kultur, Verfassung und Öffentlicher Dienst, and Land Steiermark, Abteilung 9, Kultur, Europa, Außenbeziehungen.

Consultant: Eric Rosenthal

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This is a series of conversations between Eyebeam residents and fellows exploring how art and new tools can interrogate one another but also converge in creative exploration. 

The third and final talk in this series features Eyebeam alumni McKenzie Wark and Laurel Ptak in conversation on digital labor. For many technology has eroded any clear distinction between life and work today. From Wark's suggestion that we might update the 1950s and 60s "never work!" ethos of the Letterist and Situationist International to include "never play!" to Ptak's echoing of the 1970s feminist activist campaign Wages For Housework as a recent cry for Wages For Facebook

Wark and Ptak ask us to begin by looking backwards in order to better grasp our political conditions and agency in the here and now. Ultimately both are interested in asking what refusal-of-labor strategies might look like in an era when nearly all of our activities—if not our very subjectivities—are monetized by popular digital platforms like social media? 

 

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On Monday, June 23 CT-SWaM will be holding the last public event at Eyebeam's Chelsea location. This will be the goodbye to this magnificent space in form of a picnic accompanied by various composed and spontaneous tribute performances. The evening will feature a unique ensemble piece by Andrew Lafkas with Marcia Basset, Barry Weisblat, Leif Sundstrom, Rick Brown, Patrick Holmes, Tucker Dulin, Che Chen, Karen Waltuch, Kenny Wang, Andrew Lafkas, Gill Arno, Wolfgang Gil, Daniel Neumann and Ben Owen. 

Other solo performers include: Mario de Vega, Hans Tammen, Dafna Naptali, Carver Audain and many more 

Please bring food and blankets if you can. We'll provide some blankets and drinks for sure.

And let us know, if you also want to give a tribute yourself: closed.mail.info@gmail.com

www.ctswam.wordpress.com

Details:
Andrew Lafkas: Untitled
This new piece was composed specifically for this group of musicians to perform at Eyebeam. Like other ensemble works I organize this piece uses predetermined elements to facilitate group intuition. Through the rehearsal process I have started feeling these written elements functioning more and more as possibility generators illustrating the ability of parameters to both limit and expand simultaneously.

Marcia Basset - electric guitar

Barry Weisblat - electronics

Leif Sundstrom - cymbal

Rick Brown - cymbal

Patrick Holmes - clarinet

Tucker Dulin - trombone

Che Chen - violin, bass recorder

Karen Waltuch - viola

Kenny Wang - viola

Andrew Lafkas - bass

Gill Arno - microphone/recording device

Wolfgang Gil - microphone/recording device

Daniel Neumann - microphone/recording device

Ben Owen - microphone/recording device

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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-sonic relations, improvisation, lowercase artistic presence, and topology – study of place/space with a spatial concept that goes beyond linear, geometrical understandings of space.

www.ctswam.wordpress.com

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Hans Tammen’s “Dark Circuits” Festival features performers who work in contemporary electronic music practices such as circuit bending, no-input mixers, laptops, turntablism, analogue circuitry, network sniffers, live coding and soldering, plus other instruments we may have never heard of yet.

www.darkcircuitsfestival.com

Suggested Donation: : $10

Schedule:: :

1.  littleBits Monster Synth

2.  Third Eye DarkCircuits Orchestra plays APHERESIS

Details:

Prior to the APHERESIS performance, the ensemble will present their own version of “live coding” by creating a “littleBits Monster Synth” from 20 kits of the popular Korg littleBits synth. Starting with an empty table, the participants will create a piece by slowly connecting the modules, gradually assembling over 200 modules into an infinite maze of sonic possibilities, propagating in all directions, growing from the middle and springing up, unannounced, in seemingly impossible places. A camera from above will project the maze on the walls for the audience to follow the development, the music is distributed through a quad sound system.

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Hans Tammen
APHERESIS is a large multi-movement piece by Hans Tammen for 14 performers of custom-made electronic instruments. The piece is inspired by Earle Brown’s Available Forms, uses a score that is rearranged every time it’s performed, and fuses various contemporary electronic music styles and techniques. It combines contemporary electronic music practices such as circuit bending, no-input mixers, laptops, turntablism, analogue circuitry, network sniffers and synthesis to produce sounds electronically. It is performed by internationally renowned performers Matthew Ostrowski, Andrea Parkins, Dafna Naphtali, Miguel Frasconi, Phillip Stearns, Philip White, Joshua Fried, Shoko Nagai, Maria Chavez, Satoshi Takeishi, Joker Nies, Mario DeVega, Lars Graugaard and Michael Vorfeld.

Performers:

Andrea Parkins - https://soundcloud.com/andreaparkins

Phillip Stearns - http://phillipstearns.wordpress.com

Joker Nies - http://www.klangbureau.de/Studio/Joker.html

Dafna Naphtali - http://www.dafna.info

Shoko Nagai - http://www22.ocn.ne.jp/~hot-jazz/

Miguel Frasconi - http://frasconimusic.com

Maria Chavez - http://www.mariachavez.org

Phillip White - http://prwhite.net

Joshua Fried aka Radio Wonderland - http://radiowonderland.org

Lars Graugard aka Lars From Mars - http://ll.dk

Matthew Ostrowski - http://www.ostrowski.info

Mario deVega - http://www.mariodevega.info

Hans Tammen - http://www.tammen.org

Michael Vorfeld - http://www.vorfeld.org

Satoshi Takeishi - http://home.earthlink.net/~takeishi/id1.html

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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-sonic relations, improvisation, lowercase artistic presence, and topology – study of place/space with a spatial concept that goes beyond linear, geometrical understandings of space. 

http://ctswam.wordpress.com/