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NEW YORK— The New York City art elite may be unaware of a cultural phenomenon boiling right under their noses: "Silicon Alley" (as opposed to the West Coast's Silicon Valley) is the going name for New York's burgeoning technology community, a combination of home-office programmers, start-up businesses, venture capitalists, and cheerleading groupies who have given rise to such Internet giants as Foursquare and Tumblr. But a little bit of Silicon Alley made its way to Chelsea last weekend with an Art Hack Weekend hosted jointly by new media space Eyebeam and The Creators Project.


Billed as "Eyebeam / GAFFTA Sound Research Meetup," it was a collaboration with the Manhattan-based organization Eyebeam (eyebeam.org) and GAFFTA in San Francisco to provide people involved in sound an opportunity to discuss their work.


Next Wednesday, August 3rd, I will be a part of a panel launching the new Grey Area Foundation for the Arts/Eyebeam Sound Research Meetup. We’ll be discussing a range of advanced audio projects in spatialization and multichannel presentations from perspectives of both composition and technical logistics. I’ll be talking about the Recombinant Media Labs’ Cinechamber, the Laoban Soundsystem, Virtual Reality systems, and interactive installations; it should be a vibrant discussion.


Diana Eng is the rare fashion designer who is as comfortable working with conductive wire and electrical circuits as she is with velvet and silk chiffon. Her many creations include a dress with flowers that bloom, garments that change shape, and a purse that blogs. She was a contestant on Project Runway in its second season, won the Yahoo Open Hack Day (where creative geeks come together to build cool stuff) with two others, was an artist in residence at the Eyebeam Art and Technology Center in New York, authored a book on tech fashion, and has helped Victoria's Secret with R&D.


There aren't too many art exhibitions in Chelsea that you have to hunt for, with the rare exception being those fifth-floor galleries that don't seem to have an elevator or staircase. But even through Michael Manning's "Street Show: The Things Between Us" has a street-level Chelsea location, most viewers will pass it by without a second glance. That's because the entire exhibition is condensed onto a USB stick embedded in the façade of Eyebeam, a new media art center and gallery space on West 21st Street. The only way to view the show? Bring your own laptop along, and ideally your own USB extension cord, too.


On Monday night, we went to check out Speedshow, an internet cafe takeover staged by Evan Roth (whose work is at MoMA for “Talk To Me”) and curated by Aram Bartholl (of Dead Drops). It surprised me that traditional style internet cafes still exist and this one at 90 Bowery is a throwback to those from the ’90s and early 2000s, with tons of kids playing first person shooter video games. It’s in the basement of the building down a narrow staircase, lending further mystique in a neighborhood known for its secret underground passageways.


Dead Drops in NYC—A Video How-To
Tuesday January 25, 2011

As part of his EYEBEAM residency in NYC, Aram Bartholl created "Dead Drops," an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space where USB flash drives are embedded into walls, buildings and curbs accessable to anybody in public space.

This is an interesting project that is the intersection of street art and technology, using public space as a way to communicate in a specific way with others.


For a song to be catchy, it doesn't necessarily need to be enjoyable. If you've ever lay awake at night with It's A Small World or Macarena keeping you up, you understand the paradox. In fact, part of what makes a song catchy is purely biological, as we learn from one piece in Biorhythm: Music and the Body, showing through August 6 at Eyebeam Art And Technology Center in New York City.


"So far this year, Shadowplay seems to have been a big hit, which is partially why we're running it again this Saturday," explained Trefry. "But each year we get new games which surprise us. We run monthly playtesting sessions at Eyebeam throughout the year where designers can try out their games and get feedback. Hunter-Gatherer, one of the upcoming Field Day games was a huge hit at the playtests."


NEW YORK — What started off as a conversation between a neuroscientist and a musician has turned into an eye-popping bonanza of beats and rhythms.
Biorhythm: Music and the Body is an exhibition of sonic experiments and installations from artists across the globe, all exploring how music moves your feelings — and your feet.
"It's about letting people experience sound in ways they've never experienced it before," says exhibit director Michael John Gorman, director of the exhibit, which will be at Eyebeam Art and Technology Center here. "We're only just beginning to understand the basic ways we respond to music."