Ricardo Miranda Zúñiga approaches art as a social practice to establish dialogue in public spaces. As a child of immigrant parents and brought up in Nicaragua and San Francisco, Zúñiga’s awareness of inequality and discrimination was established at an early age. Themes such as immigration, discrimination, and the effects of globalization extend from highly subjective experiences and observations into works that tactfully engage others through populist metaphors while maintaining critical perspectives.
Kenseth Armstead is a multimedia installation artist. His works have been exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum; the Whitney Museum of American Art; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; the Berlin VideoFest; and MIT List Visual Arts Center. His videos, drawings and sculptures are included in the collections of the Centre Pompidou, African American Museum and numerous public and private collections.
Recently, Kenseth was the Artist in Residence at Harvestworks (2006), the Castle Trebesice outside Prague, CZ (2006), and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s, Workspace Program (2007). Kenseth has co-authored multi-media installations collaboratively with the art-band, X-PRZ, which he co-founded with his mentor Tony Cokes in 1991. He was also the founding Managing Editor of Rhizome Internet, (rhizome.org) which he helped launch in 1996.
Kenseth currently resides in Brooklyn, where he maintains the digital atelier, Platinum Labs, and Catskill, NY, where he has constructed the large-scale sculpture & object fabrication shop, “ice studio.” While at Eyebeam, Kenseth will work on his ongoing HD digital video production environment that utilizes hand-made sets and an “open-source casting” methodology to create the footage for the narrative feature-film Spook 1781. The film, which is based on a true story, relates the incredible tale of the spy / slave James Armistead Lafayette and how he ended the American Revolution.
Artists have set out to start a window farm craze in NYC. Britta and Rebecca will work with agricultural, architectural and other specialists to create high-profile prototype window farms and means for sharing design ideas to meet varying local situations around the city. This project fits within the larger context of the artists' collaborative work: crowdsourced R&D solutions for environmental issues. Their inspiration for community involvement derives from concepts of local production (think of the coming network of 3-D multi-material printers), mass customization, and mass collaboration enabled by Web 2.0.
They envision the DIY aspects, not as a nostalgia-inducing hobby or a compromise during hard financial times, but as a futuristic infrastructure-light alternative to big R&D. Through a combination of social media and good old window advertising, they hope to frame a movement where people feel validated, motivated to contribute, and welcomed into an effort to break apart scientific breakthroughs into actionable local tasks.
Rebecca and Britta believe it's time to take the general public's insights and potential contributions to the environmental movement more seriously.
Jon Cohrs is a recording engineer and visual/sound artist who lives in Brooklyn, NY. Through residencies, installations, and performances at W2, I-Park, Banff New Media Institute, Futuresonic, and Eyebeam, his work has focused on exploring technology and it’s connection with wilderness through his documentary The Door to Red Hook: Backpacking through Brooklyn, his website ANewF*ckingWilderness.com, and the 2009 Futuresonic Art Award winner, the Urban Prospector.
During the U.S. digital transition he launched on a pirate TV station that went live when analog TV went dead in NYC. Recently the station broadcasted its mundane webscraped content during the 2010 Olympics. In 2009, OMG TV was used as a reference in a Supreme Court amicus brief on creativity and copyright. He is currently a Fellow at The Eyebeam Atelier working on creating designer Salt with SSRI’s and other pharmaceuticals in water, a book on Urban Wilderness, and researching sonic weapons with the collaboration Audint.
His work has been discussed in numerous publications such as BoingBoing, Deutsche Welle, Neural Magazine, Furtherfield, PSFK, and Gizmodo among others.
Reid Farrington is a director of work for the stage. He recently premiered his first solo piece, THE PASSION PROJECT at Performance Space 122. It will next be seen at the 2010 PuSh festival in Vancouver. He has worked as a technical artist for The Wooster Group in NYC for eight years. Reid has designed video and created hardware and software systems for the play back of video and sound for five of The Wooster Group's productions, including, To You the Birdie!, Brace Up!, Poor Theater, House/Lights, WHO'S YOUR DADA?!, and Hamlet. He has toured internationally with The Wooster Group, as well as with his own work, to Denmark, Moscow, Paris, Berlin, Istanbul, Amsterdam, Melbourne, Brussels, Athens and Columbus, OH, USA. Reid is proud to be joining the ranks of Eyebeam residents to develop the software program to run the technical elements of his next piece Gin and “It”, which will premiere at the Wexner Center for the Arts in March 2010. The New York premiere will be in May 2010 at Performance Space 122.
In addition to being a director, Reid is a video artist, and set, light, and costume designer for various theater and dance companies in NYC.
Through a hands-on choreography of fashion, technology and performance, Di Mainstone creates playful adornments that roam the body, hiding and revealing tales that are close to her heart. Di has collaborated with a range of artistic institutions, including the Banff New Media Institute, XS Lab, Montreal and most recently V2_, Institute for the Unstable Media, Rotterdam. Her wearable installations have been displayed internationally at conferences, exhibitions and festivals.
For the Eyebeam residency, Di will prototype a set of wearable structures that question both our sense of interconnectivity as well as our understanding personal space within the city environment.
Marko Tandefelt, Director of Technology and Research
Marko Tandefelt is a Finnish born New York based musician and concept designer. Among his main interests are electronic musical instruments, sensorbased prototyping, synaesthesia and experimental visualization systems. Marko has worked in R&D, pervasive computing and industrial visualization projects for companies such as NEC, ESIDesign and Antennadesign/NYC MTA. Prior to Eyebeam, he worked at the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York as a Project Director and Curator of "SAUMA: Design as Cultural Interface" (www.saumadesign.net) and "F2F: New Media Art from Finland" (www.f2fmedia.net) exhibitions. Marko is also the AV & Media Producer of a large scale touring international exhibition Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future (www.eerosaarinen.net). Since 2001, he has taught Masters level Physical Computing and Thesis Studio courses at Parsons School of Design CDT program. Marko holds a B.M. degree Summa Cum Laude in Music Technology from NYU, a Master's degree from NYU Tisch Interactive Telecommunications program. He is a member of ACM, AES, IEEE, SIGGRAPH, SMPTE and SPIE. He is a lifetime member of Pi Kappa Lambda, national music society. Marko is currently working on a multisensory immersive interactive cinema capturing and playback system, and on an embedded computing book translation project.
Alice Evelyn Stock, Operations & Finance Manager
Alice Evelyn Stock is originally from Mt. Lebanon township in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Before becoming the Operations and Finance Manager at Eyebeam in August 2007, she was the Registrar at the estate of the abstract expressionist, Robert Motherwell for six years. She was educated in modern dance at the University of the Arts where she attended on a talent scholarship; and in museum studies at the Fashion Institute of Technology, where she graduated magna cum laude. As a sophomore at the University of the Arts, she was featured in an award-winning documentary about Judith Jamison, "The Dancemaker," which was nationally broadcast on PBS. As a senior, she was named the Outstanding Performer in the School of Dance and was also given the Dance Faculty Prize for the Outstanding Senior. She became a member of the Royal Academy of Dancing, London, by examination, and danced in the contemporary ballet company, SENSEDANCE. She is the Founder and President of The Committee for the Contemporary American Dance Museum (ccADaM). www.americandancemuseum.org
Roddy Schrock, Director of Programs and Residencies
roddy AT eyebeam DOT org
A California transplant, Roddy Schrock joined Eyebeam in 2009 and brings experience in media art curation and production. At Eyebeam, he maintains and develops the organization's unique framework of collaboration and engagement among the residents and fellows, a framework that propagates long-term working relationships and the creation of highly innovative projects.
Roddy Schrock creates sound objects rooted in embodiment and the human impulse to communicate. He has lived and worked in Tokyo, the Netherlands, Northern California and is now based in New York. He studied at Mills College and the Royal Conservatory of the Hague.