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Atul Varma enjoys building bridges of understanding between humans and machines. He has written software that's been used as the centerpiece of TED Talks, in maker events around the world, and by individuals who are just trying to have a less frustrating time using their computer. But his favorite moments are very personal: understanding where another person is coming from, constructing a metaphor they can relate to, and using it to explain technology in a way that liberates, excites, and empowers.

 

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Chloe Varelidi is a New York based game designer interested in creating experiences that empower youth to think of themselves as makers and not only players of games. Her work employs performative and playful aspects to create embodied learning experiences that are connected with the world around us. Chloe has an MFA from Parsons' Design & Technology Program and is the co-founder of the Plaython festival in Greece and the Yellow Thread Society in New York. 

 

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Allison Burtch is a philosopher and educator who creates politically coherent works in a variety of media. Most recently, she made a "log jammer" - a cell phone jammer that creates a safe space in nature, a browser plugin that highlights complex political and corporate relationships, and was a research fellow at the Institute of Technology and Society in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She’s also collaborated on such projects as the dumbsto.re - a mobile app store for dumb phones, and co-organized Prism BreakUp at Eyebeam Art & Technology Center, and the Drones and Aerial Robotics Conference at New York University.

Previously, she was the editor of the Occupied Wall Street Journal, a six-edition print publication which was translated into six languages and distributed globally. Allison has a master’s degree from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.

 

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Joanne McNeil is a writer and researcher interested in the ways technology is shaping culture and society. Her work has appeared in Dissent, Wired, Jacobin, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, and other web and print publications. She created Learn to Search (http://learn-to-search.com) with Divya Manian and was one of the authors of About Feminism (http://aboutfeminism.me/). At Eyebeam, she will develop and curate a series of digital art projects on gender and internet culture.

 

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Eyebeam is pleased to announce the recipients of its Fall/Winter 2014 Eyebeam Residencies. Residents are chosen through a highly competitive twice-yearly call open to artists, creative technologists, designers, curators, urbanists, architects, and policy thinkers. Recipients receive 24/7 access to Eyebeam's design, digital research, and fabrication studios, as well as $5000 each to produce new works.

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Joanne McNeill is a writer and researcher interested in the ways technology is shaping art, politics, and society. At Eyebeam, she will develop safe spaces for women in art and technology, on and off the internet, including digital art projects and community organizing that focuses on fighting structural prejudice with structural solutions. http://joannemcneil.com

 
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Kristin Lucas is an interdisciplinary artist. Her work investigates the uncanny overlaps of virtual and lived realities, and the physical and psychological effects of technologies on perception of time and space, behavior, and identity. Her video, installation, networked performance, intervention, augmented reality, and hybrid media works have been exhibited internationally and are represented by EAI and Postmasters in New York. She is currently working in collaboration with Joe McKay under the studio name Electric Donut.

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Lauren McCarthy is a designer/artist/programmer/person. She holds an MFA from UCLA Design | Media Arts. Her work explores the structures and systems of social interactions, identity, and self-representation, and the potential for technology to mediate, manipulate, and evolve these interactions. She is fascinated by the slightly uncomfortable moments when patterns are shifted, expectations are broken, and participants become aware of the system (and the spaces beyond).

Currently at Sosolimited, and formerly at Small Design Firm, Lauren has worked on installations for the London Eye, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, IBM, US Holocaust Memorial Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Thomas Jefferson’s home at Monticello. She has also worked at Oblong and the MIT Media Lab. She is part-time faculty at RISD.

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Born and raised in Tehran, Iran, Hadjar Homaei is a Seattle-based computer scientist, specializing in computational cognitive modeling, machine learning, and user experience design. Her research and development work is mostly focused on using machine learning and natural language processing techniques for structured improvement of people's interactions with systems in terms of their safety, efficiency, and ease of use.  She works as a research engineer at Amazon Search and Experience department. In addition to her scientific and technical work, she is a professional balance-disturber. Although she didn't have the courage study and pursue arts she's been fortunate enough to have been able to frequently collaborate with artists as the technical consultant on various projects and campaigns.

For her Eyebeam Residency Hadjar is collaborating with Katayoun Vaziri. 

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Katayoun Vaziri  was born and raised in Iran and is currently based in New York. Vaziri draws on a wide range of cultural references to question the linearity of political and social narratives. She received an MFA from Yale University in 2009 and a BFA from Tehran University in 2005. Her work has been featured in exhibitions in San Francisco, London, and Dubai and she has held residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine in 2010, the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts in Ithaca, New York in 2011and over the Fall 2012, she was visiting lecturer at Ohio State University. In addition to her artistic practice, Vaziri is segment producer for BBC Farsi TV, focusing on art scene of New York. She is currently working on "I ran into Iran", a radio pod cast, which is part of Creative Times' Reports series.

For her Eyebeam Residency Katayoun will be collaborating with Hadjar Homaei.

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Joe is an interdisciplinary New Media artist. He uses many mediums in his practice including; web, photo, video, sculpture, games and performance.  At the center of Joe's practice is an interest in human interaction with everyday technologies. He explores this with a playful sense of humor. Recently, Joe is interested in creating playable, fun, addictive games that belong in a gallery context. Joe is working with Kristin Lucas under the collaborative name Electric Donut.

Joe McKay holds an MFA from UC Berkeley and a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. In 2000 McKay participated in the Whitney Independent Study Program. He is an Assistant Professor of New Media at SUNY Purchase. Recent projects include "Light Wave", an interactive installation at Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus, and "Swatter" which was in "Playstation" at Postmasters gallery in December 2011.

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