As part of Interactivos?, and in preparation for the opening of the exhibition Double Take, we present a lecture on how artists and audiences consider interactivity, led by Professor of New Media, Beryl Graham. Examples of high and low-tech projects in gallery and publically-sited contexts will be shown, and a rousing discussion with artists based on their own experiences will follow.
This evening is in conjunction with Eyebeam research partner CRUMB, the resource for curators of new media art, based in the UK.
Justin Downs and Rucyl Mills, artists presenting their work in the exhibition Double Take will discuss interaction and how they made their project Watch What You Are.
Eyebeam R&D Openlab fellow Ayah Bdier will present her newest project littleBits and discuss open source electronics. New Eyebeam resident artist Hans Christoph-Steiner will demonstrate his work which involves recycling old devices like iPods, PDAs, and mobile phones into new interactive gadgets: two old iPods mounted flat in a custom mount makes a set of mini-turntables, an old wifi router attached to a solar panel becomes a free telephone system to serve a small community, a PDA built into a guitar body makes a touchscreen guitar.
Artist Andrew Mahon, whose work is included in the Double Take exhibition, will demonstrate his project digitallyFit, which allows you to modify your body image in real time. He will talk about the digital representation, and misrepresentation of self, from the most banal mediums such as the buddy icon, through the more descriptive yet revealing Second Life.
New Eyebeam resident artist Adrianne Wortzel will present her works demonstrating the persistence with which humans imbue machines with souls - and maybe vice versa - in a talk entitled, The Uncanny Alley: Fun House Reflections of Humans and Machines.
Double Take was an exhibition that showcased the interactive projects that resulted from an intensive two week program of workshops and seminars, Interactivos?@Eyebeam: Better than the real thing. All the works played with the idea of reality, disbelief and the illusions we experience in our technologically mediated lives. Double Take was curated in collaboration with Sarah Cook, Eyebeam's visiting curatorial fellow.
Presentation of the artists' projects took place on Saturday, July 12, 2009. Projects created by student artists from Digital Day Camp were added to the exhibition, and launched with a reception on July 29.