Recent Projects

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Using NYC.gov wireless hotspot data, “WiFi Spotting” topographically visualizes Wi-Fi saturation in the metropolis. Areas with higher saturation of access points form the peaks of these mountainous terrains, thus lending physicality to the usually ephemeral in our constantly changing cityscape. “WiFi Spotting” highlights how our immediate environments are saturated by constant signals, and it aims to materialize the underlying social contracts hidden within our ubiquitous noise.

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CT-SWaM (Contemporary Temporary Sound Works And Music) is Eyebeam’s late night concert series curated by Eyebeam Alumni Daniel Neumann, happening intermittently in Eyebeam’s Main Space.

The series focusses on contemporary sound experiments, electro-acoustic multi-channel performance, social relations, improvisation, lowercase artistic presence, and topology – study of place/space with a spatial concept that goes beyond linear, geometrical understandings of space.

One goal of the series is to create unique situations, to stay irregular, to only apply methods that don’t appear as such – regularities should seem incidental and are then very welcome. The work is the focus and its presentation therefore has to be plastic, morphing, not static. Context provides security: if worked within and against it.

Mostly on Mondays, when galleries are Closed.

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The series is supported by the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University.

 

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"Dark Side of the Prism" is a Firefox Add-on that provides a soundtrack for our surveilled internet meanderings.

The public recently learned that the US National Security Agency's on-going internet surveillance program, Prism, collects data from users of major websites. Many of us already know that any data we might share-- not just Facebook posts, but our search and click pathways and histories-- could be compromised, but we do so anyway. We have normalized this ubiquitous surveillance.

"Dark Side of the Prism" uses Pink Floyd's aural prism (Dark Side of the Moon) as a playlist to the NSA's tracking efforts, serving as an auditory reminder of how our online activities are surveilled. What hypochondriac questions do you Google in the middle of the night; who do you cyberstalk? Consider those missives the lyrical component to our soundtrack. 

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Since Eyebeam’s founding 16 years ago, 2013 marks the very first year that its roster of Fellows and Residents includes more women than men. The Very First Year is a series of public events and installations in consideration of this fact, organized by 2013 fellow Laurel Ptak and inspired by her ongoing research at Eyebeam into cyberfeminist art practices since the 1990s.

 The Very First Year will explore contemporary aspects of gender, feminism, technology and art from numerous angles. A range of activities and installations will take place at Eyebeam, including public events on:

Inaugural event featuring afternoon installations and activities by Feminist Economics Department, Miki Foster, Jen Kennedy + Liz Linden, Queer Technologies and Caroline Woolard.

AND evening potluck dinner and presentations of current work by female Eyebeam Alumnae including Kaho Abe, Stefani Bardin, Carrie Dashow, Claudia Hart, CHiKA Iijima, Norene Leddy, Maria Michails, Carrie Mae RoseStephanie Rothenberg, Marie Sester, Katie Torn, Carmen Trudell, Katayoun Vaziri and Caroline Woolard.

Full schedule and participant bios are here. Photos here.

         The New York Times Feminist Reading Group

A reading group dedicated to reading that day's The New York Times from a feminist perspective, hosted by Jen Kennedy and Liz Linden.

Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon

Attending to Wikipidia's notorious gender gap with an all day communal updating of entries on subjects related to contemporary art and feminism. With 30 satellite edit-a-thons also happening across the U.S. and internationally.

Organized by Siân Evans/Art Libraries Society of North America's Women and Art Special Interest Group, Jacqueline Mabey/The office of failed projects, former Eyebeam Fellow Michael Mandiberg and current Eyebeam Fellow Laurel Ptak.

Full detials are here. Photos are here. Some press is here , here and here.

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usplus is a Google Hangout app that analyzes the speech and facial expression of both participants to optimize their chat interaction experience.

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God's Eyes takes the voyeuristic dynamics of social networking to unfamiliar extremes by giving ultimate power to one user at a time, enabling them to peer into and engage with a panoply of other users' lives.

 

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Our memories are the most important things we own. 

Our memories are the most important things we own.

They are the foundation of the self. Without them life has no storyline, greater purpose, or meaning. There are many ways to pass down memories--writing, photographs, home videos, word of mouth--but each of these methods has the tendency to degrade over time and leave out important details. They represent but a small and sometimes dubious fraction of our life experience.

Past Perfect offers the solution to these problems. We provide a secure mirror backup of your memories, so friends, loved ones and, if you wish, historians will be able to access them into eternity.

Created during Tribeca Film Institute Film Hacks.

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What if we could receive real-time feedback on our social interactions? I developed a system like this for myself using Amazon Mechanical Turk to explore in the form of a performance. During a month of continuous dates with new people I met on okcupid, I streamed the interaction to the web using an iPhone app. Turk workers were paid to watch the stream, interpret what was happening, and offer feedback as to what I should do or say next. These directions were communicated to me via text message.

I'm now creating a mobile application that will allow anyone to have this experience. The app will make it easy for anyone to stream their interactions to the web for MTurk viewing, and receive frequent directions aiding them in social situations. Rather than limiting it to dating, the app will allow users to specify a range of situations they might find themselves in (business meeting, argument, comforting a friend, party, etc), and describe the emotional tone or background of the situation, resulting in tailored feedback from the MTurk workers that is relevant and useful.

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Exchange Cafe runs on an alternative currency that is validated by the requests of the people who use it.

Open until June 30th at MoMA's Cullman Research Building, Exchange Cafe features dairy from activist organizers Milk Not Jails, tea from anarchist network Feral Trade Courier, and honey from population control researchers at BeeSpace. An archive of artworks based on reciprocity and exchange, from barter to unconventional encounters, makes legible contemporary practices in art and activism. The waitstaff are activists, artists, and educators with direct experience with cooperative, alternative, and non-market economies.

4 West 54th Street NYC

Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays 1-5pm

Fridays 1-8pm

http://makingexchangecafe.wordpress.com/
http://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/exhibitions/1364

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STEP 1: Borrow a barricade

STEP 2: Tip it over

STEP 3: Attach hardware: 4 pcs 1" black plumbing strap with 3/4" wood spacers bolted to 14" tall wooden 2x6s, plus added safety attachments: 3 tennis balls on the ends, and a 1.25" diam. x 20" dowel for the extra leg)

STEP 4: Add a mattress (long cot mattresses work, as well as prison mattresses, or 29" x 79" foam from Canal Rubber)

STEP 5: Adjust design and email Caroline@ourgoods.org with revisions and modifications.