Julia Loktev lives and works in New York. Her work has been exhibited in America and Europe and featured at various international film festivals. She received the award for best documentary direction at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival for Moment of Impact (1998). Julia is editing an independent feature film, Day Night Day Night, about an aspiring young female suicide bomber. The project will be shot half in HDCAM and half in HDV and transferred to 35mm. Loktev calls the project, "an inaction movie" as it is ultimately a film where nothing actually happens.
LoVid is Tali Hinkis and Kyle Lapidus. Using homemade electronic devices and DIY sculptural instruments, LoVid overwhelms the senses with new media in their performances, videos, objects and installations. LoVid has toured the US and Europe extensively performing at Eyebeam, Harvestworks, Boley, Max Protetch, Eyedrum, NY Underground Film Festival, Look and Listen Festival, Kraak(3) Festival, Lokaal01, Lumen and Futuresonic Festival, among many others. LoVid has exhibited at COCA Seattle, Sotheby's, SOUTHFIRST, Happy Lion, Institute of Contemporary Art London and The New Museum of Contemporary Art. LoVid is currently artist in residence at Eyebeam and has been selected as artist in residence at Harvestworks and iEAR, as well as being nominated Free103Point9 transmission artist. A DVD of LoVid recordings made during a residency at Experimental TV Center has recently been released on CollectivEye.
September Dream is a four-channel video produced as part of Speak of Me as I Am, Fred Wilson's mixed media installation created for the US Pavilion at the 50th Venice Biennale (June-November 2003). The project explored how Africans have been historically represented in Venetian fine and decorative arts, including painting, photography decorative arts and jewelry.
Robot Clothes is an art and commercial research and development partnership, specializing in robotic systems, interaction design and product prototyping. This partnership, formed in 2002 by Michelle Kempner and James Powderly, utilizes a hybrid fine art and commercial design and engineering approach to support innovative science and technology development efforts for clients including fortune 100 companies, NASA and internationally renowned artists, such as Diller + Scofidio and Miranda July. In addition to contracted research and development efforts, Robot Clothes internally supports fine art projects ranging from a robotic public sculpture for Central Park to an animatronic story about Crohn’s Disease.
James Powderly is an artist and engineer working in the field of aerospace robotics and robotic art. James studied at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, receiving his Master's Degree from the Interactive Telecommunications Program. He received his Bachelor of Music in composition and theory with highest honors from the University of Tennessee. His diverse academic and professional background has led towards hybrid work with artists, engineers and scientists in a new emerging genre: robotic fine art.
James has had his own work and collaborations with artists exhibited at the Whitney Museum, the MOMA Queens, PS1, the Sculpture Center and Artbots. This work has been featured on NPR and the front page of the New York Times.
James is currently the Director of Technology Development at Honeybee Robotics, an aerospace robotics company located in Manhattan. Recent project contributions include work on the 2003 Mars Exploration Rover Rock Abrasion Tool, currently at work on Mars, and a collaboration with Diller + Scofido, on a robotic drill named "Mural", featured in their mid-career retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art. James has taught classes in robotic art at the Pratt School of Art and Design and is a frequent lecturer at Parsons and NYU on the subject of physical computing and robotics. He co-founded the New York City Chapter of the Robotics Society of America.
James lives and works in New York City with his wife and partner, Michelle Kempner.
Michelle Kempner is a professional software engineer in New York City. Outside of work, Michelle collaborates with her husband, James Powderly, creating robotic art as Robot Clothes. They exhibited Wildflower Meadow Glacier robot at the 2004 Artbots. Currently, they are collaborating on Inside Out Life Story, an animatronic song cycle based on their experiences in 2004 when they not only got married, but also dealt with a series of hospitalizations and surgeries.
Michelle has a BA in Media Theory and a Master's in Interactive Telecommunications from New York University. Michelle's projects include real-time video effects rendered in Java, a networked computer vision installation, and a wearables R & D project for a Fortune 100 company. Her work is influenced by television, her husband, Alexander Calder, literature and knitting.
Following studies at Chelsea College of Art in London, and an early career as a fashion designer, Mori came to international attention through photographs and videos that frequently featured herself in personas including goddess, cybergrrl and model, mixing performance, fashion, technology and art. In recent work, Mori has devoted herself to interdisciplinary pieces that combine visual art, architecture, design and moving image. Internationally renowned, Mori has had solo installations at numerous venues including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Serpentine Gallery in London and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo. She currently lives and works in both New York City and Tokyo.
Incorporating themes of sexuality and race, Isaac Julien's work expands conventional cinematic strategies of narrative and beauty to explore and subvert stereotypical portrayals of gay and black subjects. Curator Okwui Enwezor has described Julien's work as having "jouissance, ambivalence, communal pleasure, and self-reflexivity, as well as stunning cinematic beauty. Julien has attempted, through a career of considered and critical advocacy, a kind of cinema that surpasses the pretentious, boring fare of Hollywood."
Since founding the Sankofa Film and Video Collective in England in 1984, Julien has made over 20 films and installations, including Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask (1995); the Cannes Film Festival prizewinner, and the critically acclaimed documentary on Langston Hughes, Looking for Langston (1989). His multi-channel video installations include The Long Road to Mazatlan (1999), created in collaboration with Venezuelan choreographer Javier De Frutos, exploring the mythic codes of male sexuality in the West, and Vagabondia (2000), in which a conservator imagines ghosts of 18th-century Black London including a dancing vagabond figure (also choreographed by De Frutos).
Julien's work has been shown at the Tate Gallery, London; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and at the MIT List Visual Art Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has won many prestigious awards including the Art Pace International Award, The Eugene McDermott Award for Visual Arts, and the Andy Warhol Foundation Award; in 2001, he was shortlisted for the Turner Prize. A solo exhibition of his work traveled to the United States, Australia, Sweden and Finland. He was commissioned by the Bohen Foundation for Documenta11. In 2002 he received Frameline's Lifetime Achievement Award. His recent film, a documentary about blaxploitation film, Badasssss Cinema, was broadcast by the Independent Film Channel in 2002.
Julien is currently teaching film theory as a Visiting Professor in the African-American Studies program at Harvard University and is a visiting lecturer with the Whitney Museum of American Arts Independent Study Program, as well as serving as a research fellow of fine arts with Oxford Brookes University. Julien was recently appointed as a Research Fellow at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He lives and works in London, where he is a Trustee of the Serpentine Gallery.
Shirin Neshat was born in 1957 in Qazvin, Iran. Though currently living and working in the United States, Neshat's work explores issues of native Islamic society, particularly the status of women. She uses the specifics of her background and culture to visualize concepts of loss and memory. Many of Neshat's recent pieces have consisted of films presented as dual opposing projections. By standing in the center of the work between the two screens, the viewer is engaged in a visual conversation between the images, eliminating the passivity permitted by traditional cinema situations.
During the year long Commission program, Neshat will work on special effects for her first feature film, Women Without Men.
Eyebeam and PERFORMA05 co-present the premiere of Screen Play, a new work by visual artist and composer Christian Marclay, consisting of a video and three live musical ensembles. Marclay created the video to serve as a score to be interpreted live by a series of invited ensembles.
Marclay was the recipient of the 2005 Moving Image Commission, creating the video score Screen Play in Eyebeam’s Production Studios. The projected element of Screen Play is a combination of found film footage overlaid with computer animation. Marclay chose footage suggesting certain visual rhythms and emotions, which he then worked to accentuate or underscore elements with overlapping computer graphics. The resulting video- reminiscent at moments of a silent film and at others of a flight simulator- becomes the visual score for musicians to interpret live. Musicians leading ensembles during this premiere will include composer and electric harpist Zeena Perkins, multi instrumentalist Elliot Sharp and the electronic trio TOT- (Tim Barnes, Toshio Kayiwara, and Okkyung Lee).
Zeena Parkins with Christine Bard, Min Xiao-Fen, and Jim Pugliese
Multi-instrumentalist, improviser and composer Zeena Parkins leads an ensemble including Bard, Xiao-Fen and Pugliese. Parkins is not only one of the pioneers of the electric harp but a composer with a unique vision of how to meld acoustic and electric processes. Recent collaborations include work with Bjork and commissions for choreographers Neil Greenberg, John Jasperse and British visual artists, Daria Martin and Mandy McIntosh. Currently Zeena is also collaborating on a multi-channel installation of her piece $Shot with sound artist Doug Henderson.
Experimental composer/percussionist Christine Bard has performed her own music in concert in Europe and in the USA, including NYC downtown venues and Celebrate Brooklyn in Prospect Park. Her solo percussion scores for such choreographers as Nancy Zendora, Wendy Osserman and Hope Clark have toured festivals in Korea, Brazil, USA, Canada and Russia. Her own groups include Easside Percussion (on Avant) and the post-ambient electronics group, ELX.
Pipa player / vocalist pioneer Min Xiao-Fen, currently based in New York, is internationally known for her adventurous and fluid style, initially learned from her father, Min Ji-Qian, a professor and pipa master at Nanjing University. She worked as a soloist for the famed Nanjing National Music Orchestra from 1980 to 1992. After arriving in the United States in 1992, she began working with composers Zhou Long, Carl Stone and Chen Yi, and recorded The Moon Rising (Cala), and Spring, River, Flower, Moon, Night (Asphodel). She has featured with the New York City Opera, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the vocal ensemble Chanticleer, the San Diego Symphony and the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, among others
Born in Newark in 1952, Jim Pugliese is a drummer, percussionist and composer working in improvisation, world music and experimental music. Pugliese studied percussion with Raymond Des Roches performing and recording with John Cage, Lukas Foss, Kent Nagano, Philip Glass and Carlos Chavez. He spent twelve years as a member of Dean Drummond’s Newband and The Harry Partch Ensemble, studying and performing microtonal music, as well as studying with Master Drummer Pablo Landrum, and Nii Tettey Tetteh, a master musician from Ghana. Recently he has worked with many of New York’s experimental music scene and he has established himself as both performer and composer throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. In 1998 Jim was selected as Artist in Residence at Harvestworks, NYC, where he recorded his solo CD Sonic Soul, which he counts among 60 other CDs that include his music.
Elliott Sharp pioneered the use of fractal geometry, chaos theory, and genetic metaphors in his algorithmic compositions as well as the use of computers in his improvisation and performance. A composer/multi-instrumentalist/sound-artist, Sharp has collaborated with influential artists and musicians of many genres as well as producing his own sound sculptures. In addition to creating soundtracks for feature films, Sharp has produced numerous CD’s including his most recent, "Radio Hyper-Yahoo" [zOaR], a collection of collaborations with writer/performers.
TOT Trio- Tim Barnes, Toshio Kayiwara, and Okkyung Lee
Tim Barnes’ drum and percussion work transverses a varied musical terrain. From the 90's as a member of the free folk outfit Tower Recordings to conceptual textural electronic music with Dean Roberts. In 2000 Barnes produced a cd of solo percussion music called All Acoustics. Since then he has traveled and performed extensively in Asia and Europe playing with a range of free players and rock musicians.
From central Tokyo, turntablist Toshio Kajiware, studied photography before beginning in the 90’s to perform improvised music. His obsession with obscure music led him to collaborate and perform extensively. Currently he is a producer for his own label and event series entitled "phonomena.”
A native of Korea, Okkyung Lee used her classical training in cello as a springboard from which to incorporate jazz, sounds, Korean traditional music and noise with extended techniques. In addition to participating in TOT Trio, solo performances, and leading her own ensembles, she collaborates with artists, dancers and choreographers. Her latest album is titled Nihm (TZA 7715) and was produced by John Zorn's Tzadik label.
Established in April 2004 by performance art historian RoseLee Goldberg, PERFORMA is a nonprofit interdisciplinary arts organization committed to the research, development, and presentation of performance by visual artists from around the world. The organization is founded on a commitment to education, history, and active investigation, bringing diverse audiences, artists, curators, and educators together in new and innovative ways. PERFORMA will commission new performance projects in visual arts, establish a dedicated performance biennial, and provide year-round educational programming for expanding knowledge and understanding of this critical area of visual art and cultural history. Each biennial will include the premiere of a major commission, new visual art performance produced by PERFORMA, performance-related film and video programs, and related educational programming. http://performa-arts.org/
Screen Play is made possible with support from Eyebeam’s Moving Image Commission and Highbrow Entertainment.
If everyone took the passwords off their wifi, we'd have a free, citywide wireless network. Sound like a good idea? Then help us make it happen!
Eyebeam's Open Cultures Research Group continues its two-part workshop in which participants are trained —and then train others—to open up a wifi network so that it is free, accessible, and secure for others while maintaining your bandwidth. This week, participants will work together on developing a "script" for spreading the knowledge in order to convert skeptical friends, family, and neighbors into open wireless ambassadors.
If everyone took the passwords off their wifi, we'd have a free, citywide wireless network. Sound like a good idea? Then help us make it happen!
Eyebeam's Open Cultures Research Group will be running a two-part workshop in which participants will be trained on how to open up a wifi network so that it is free, accessible, and secure for others to use without losing any bandwidth. Participants will also work together on developing a "script" for spreading the knowledge in order to convert skeptical friends, family, and neighbors into open wireless ambassadors.
Bring your laptop and your wifi router, and we'll show you how to set up your own secure open wireless network!