These five artists are redefining technology.
When we launched the Open Call in Spring, we didn’t expect such a huge response.
Chosen from over four hundred applicants, these five artists will be completing the Research Residency, a program designed on open-source principles that combines the models of think tank, artist residency and incubator. They were chosen for an Open Call focusing on power in the context of new forms of computation. (Read about how we selected them.) The Research Residents for 2016-17 are:
Morehshin Allahyari, a new media artist, activist, educator, and occasional curator who thinks about technology as a poetic means to document the personal and collective lives we live and our struggles as humans in the 21st century. Born and raised in Iran, Morehshin moved to the U.S. in 2007. Since then, she has become co-author of the #Additivist Manifesto, a project that deals extensively with the political, social, and cultural contradictions we face every day, and has been a part of numerous exhibitions and festivals around the world. At Eyebeam, she will be researching digital colonialism through 3D fabrication. www.morehshin.com
Material Speculation, by Moreshin Allahyari, 2015-16
Nora N. Khan, a writer of criticism and fiction about digital art, artificial intelligence, literature, and games and contributing editor at Rhizome, has published in many places, including Rhizome, Art in America, and The Village Voice. She writes frequently for artists and exhibitions, with texts commissioned this year for Mousse Publishing, Chisenhale Gallery, König Galerie, Left Gallery, and the 2016 Queens International. At Eyebeam, Nora will be writing about computational power and human creativity. www.noranahidkhan.com
Image by Adam Ferriss, commissioned as an illustration in After Us
Mimi Onuoha, a Nigerian-American artist and researcher using data and code to explore new forms of storytelling, social critique, and interaction, highlights the realities produced from the shaping and reformatting of culture, artifacts, and social structures into data through algorithmic and human processes in her work. She will be examining the phenomenon of missing datasets during her time here. www.mimionuoha.com
work by Mimi Onuoha, image courtesy of Sarah Hallacher and Amelia Hancock
Macon Reed works in sculpture, installation, video, radio documentary, and participatory projects to explore notions of belonging, the limits of optimism, and play as ritual transcendence from frameworks of evolving queer and feminist discourses. Her work has shown at venues such as PULSE NYC Special Projects, ABC No Rio, The Kitchen and Wayfarer’s Gallery in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and the Chicago Cultural Center. At Eyebeam, she will be researching pre-capitalist notions of gender and magic. www.maconreed.com
Witchual Objects, Macon Reed
Karolina Sobecka, an artist and designer, investigates the values that drive technological innovation and shape the philosophy that inscribes humans in nature. Her work has been shown internationally, including at the V&A, The National Art Museum of China, ZKM, WRO Biennale, Beal Center for Art + Technology, and Zero1, and has received multiple awards, including from Creative Capital, Rhizome, NYFA, Princess Grace Foundation, Vida Art and Artificial Life Awards and Japan Media Arts Festival. Karolina will bring social interventions into the climate debate at Eyebeam. www.gravitytrap.com
Picture Sky, Kolina Sobecka
Their year-long residencies—which include 24/7 studio access, intensive mentoring, and the most generous grant of any residency in the USA—begin in October.