Igniting critical, urgent, and engaged practice
APPLICATION DEADLINE: All applications must be received by 12PM (noon) EST on June 26, 2015. Applicants will be informed of their application status by August 17, 2015.
RESIDENCY SUMMARY: Eyebeam will provide up to 10 residencies this cycle. In Eyebeam’s new Creative Studios in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, the organization hopes to support a record number of residents who will actively use Eyebeam’s facilities and tools. The residencies will begin in September, 2015, lasting four to six months, dependent upon need. Residents will not receive housing but will receive some assistance in locating temporary housing. The call is open to both national and international applicants.
OVERVIEW: Eyebeam is seeking applications from artists, engineers, designers, and technologists, whose practice will clearly benefit from Eyebeam and mesh well, both in practice and in skillsets, to create a collaborative cohort. The purpose of the residency is to support creation of new work that addresses the Focus Areas of this residency call while ideally fully utilizing Eyebeam’s tools, space, and community. The new works developed, and the process of their creation, will be presented by Eyebeam, with additional opportunities for public presentation and discussion.
SUPPORT: Eyebeam will provide stipends of up to $5,000 for up to four of the 10 incoming residents. Eyebeam will provide all residents with ample work space, access to a woodshop, and digital fabrication tools including those listed here. Priority will be given to those projects that clearly demonstrate a need for Eyebeam’s tools and workspace.
RESIDENCY FOCUS AREAS: Applicants are expected to respond to at least one of the following inquiries in their proposals:
- What are new or under-explored potentials for open source practice, in hardware or software, in the current environment of commodification?
- Does wide saturation and public usage of recent technological advances allow for changing notions of self? How are ideas of transcendence, of body and location, being explored through technology?
- What are relationships of race to online digital space?
- What are the next generation of tools reclaiming anonymity, ad-hoc-ness, and tracking resistance? How might they relate to crypto-finance?
EXPECTATIONS: The residents should be prepared to fully and actively utilize Eyebeam’s resources for the duration of the residency. Eyebeam wishes to work with creative practitioners who courageously implement new works in the goal of community engagement and cultural impact. Eyebeam builds a creative community that is generous in skillsharing, rich in expertise, and engaged with current developments.
PARTICIPATION: The residents should be prepared to document the learning and development process for the projects. This documentation, which may take any number of forms, will further engage the public by increasing understanding of the projects themselves. This documentation may include public-facing reports and updates designed to engage the public with the projects and shed light on the residents’ creative and educational process.
The residents are also encouraged to participate in both formal and informal learning opportunities within the Eyebeam community.
DETAILS: The residents will be given working space at Eyebeam's Brooklyn space and have 24/7 access to Eyebeam's facilities and equipment. The residents will also be expected to play an active role in the Eyebeam community by taking part in Eyebeam's weekly residents & fellows meetings, monthly “Stop Work” critique sessions, and annual Exhibition of artists' work.
The residents will bring their experience and expertise to Eyebeam where they will create the projects. Eyebeam may offer program support in developing work for public or community engagement programming during the term of the residency.
ABOUT EYEBEAM: A belief in progress and openness are core values of Eyebeam. This has been demonstrated through nearly 20 years of experimentation via the creative use and misuse of technology with the goal to innovate and develop better relationships between people and tools. Eyebeam believes that all creative work begins with a commitment to sustainability, equality, diversity, and concern for a better future. Across all focus areas, Eyebeam primarily supports projects that have real-world impact -- Eyebeam encourages work that is paradigm shifting within a large spectrum of genres.
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Applicants are only accepted via the online application system. Applications received after the deadline of 12:00 (EST) PM (noon), June 26, 2015, will not be accepted. All applications and work samples must be submitted through the online form. No exceptions will be made.
Applications must not be currently enrolled in degree-granting academic programs. Individuals and collaborative teams are invited to apply. In either case, please detail in your application how technical and creative responsibilities will be met. If applying as a collaborative team, please include information about team members' relevant prior experience and combine CVs into a single document before uploading.
Please read the guidelines carefully, should you still wish to make an inquiry before making an application, then please contact Peter Kaiser, Director of Communications, Eyebeam, at firstname.lastname@example.org