Girls Eye View

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Girls-Eye View (GEV) is a program for NYC middle school and high school girls, developed as a response to research stating that adolescent girls begin to pull back from technology and allow boys to play the dominant roll in group activities and in the classroom.

Participating students work with a female teaching artist to develop individual and group projects investigating thematic topics through a lens that is specifically relevant to women and girls. Project content is developed via in-depth discussions regarding art and art history, trips to local art institutions and shows, female guest speakers who can speak to the career possibilities for women with the skills taught in the GEV program, and weekly critiques.

Final projects are presented during the last day of the program in a professional critique setting to a council of local female artists working in the same vein as the projects produced. Each program concludes with an open house wrap-up event for participants‚ friends and families to view the work generated during the semester.

 
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GRRRRRRRR!!!! is an interactive sound installation featured at Figment Festival on Governers Island from June 10–June 12.
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SPRING BREAK DIGITAL ART WORKSHOPfor High School Girls 10AM-5PM // April 18 & April 19 High school girls will collaborate with Eyebeam Fellows Kaho Abe & Nova Jiang to create an interactive digital art installation that will be featured at Figment Festival, a 3-day public art festival taking place on NYC’s Governor's Island (June 10-12). Over the course of a 2-day workshop at Eyebeam, students will learn how to embed basic electronics into everyday objects to transform them into musical instruments.   This workshop is for creative young women between the ages of 14-18. No experience with technology required.
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This year's Girls Eye View program, features a new collaboration with young women from Euphrasian Residence, a Good Shepherd Services' residential program. Youth participants collaborated with artist and Eyebeam Alum Tali Hinkis (LoVid) in an eight-week program where they drew on personal topics and themes explored during their time spent at Euphraisan Residence; such as safety, emotion, loss, and future. These words were a starting point for creating short animations reflecting a personal definition of a word. This process helped the youth integrate the meaning of the words derived from the Sanctuary Model, into their lives and relationships with themselves and their community. Documentation from Girls Eye View 2010
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Teaching artist Mariam Ghani taught sixth grade students from School of the Future to produce sound, image and web projects that took explorations of the girls' family histories as starting points for personal investigations of historical events.
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During Project Walkway, eight female participants of Girls Eye View Spring 2008 from local high school Bayard Rustin Academy for Art and Music have been learning the fundamentals of electronics and wearable technologies. The program will end with a runway show and book launch of Sabine Seymour's Fashionable Technology: The Intersection of Design, Fashion, Science and Technology, on May 22. Project Walkway, this year's Girls Eye View program, was be taught by former Eyebeam resident Norene Leddy with current R&D OpenLab fellows Ayah Bdeir and Jessica Banks.
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GEV Fall 2002 Teaching Artist: Erika DeVries Erika DeVries worked with her group of middle school girls to investigate the construction of moving image and self-portraits. The group used iMovie to create 10 individual digital videos representative of the 10 different personalities in the class.
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At Girls Eye View (GEV) Spring 2005, teaching Artist Cat Mazza taught students in the Girls Eye View program about the overlaps between knitting, computers and women’s labor history. There were lessons in hand knitting, how to work a knitting machine, and how to make needlecraft patterns with Photoshop and knitPro. The needlecraft they stitched were of icons of popular culture that were then animated into a social commentary.
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GEV Spring 2006 Teaching Artist: Franziska Lamprecht
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Girls Eye-View: Project Walkway March 27 – May 8, 2008 Project Walkway will teach eight female participants from local high school Bayard Rustin Academy for Art and Music, the fundamentals of electronics and wearable technologies. The program will end with a runway show and book launch of Sabine Seymour's Fashionable Technology: The Intersection of Design, Fashion, Science and Technology, on May 22. Girls Eye-View: Project Walkway begins March 27 and runs Thursdays through May 8. This program will be taught by former Eyebeam Resident Norene Leddy with current R+D OpenLab Fellows Ayah Bdeir and Jessica Banks.