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From October 26, 2010 - January 29, 2010, Eyebeam Art + Technology Center’s main exhibition space is transformed into X-Lab, an open lab environment where we share the ongoing research and practice of our residents and fellows, and offer opportunities for deep public engagement.

Much as an unConference favors a flexible, participant-driven format that values energetic dialogue over talking head presentations, X-Lab might be described as an unExhibition where, rather than present finished works, we provide a space for critical reflection on and participation in the research and production processes at Eyebeam.

In the spirit of open culture, X-Lab is a platform for opening Eyebeam's process to the public. Through X-Lab, we will share thinking and techniques behind the work-in-progress of our fellows and residents through workshops and presentations, while looking critically at experimental lab models around the world. The artists, engineers, hackers and program staff working here will track the activities and projects within X-Lab as they evolve, fork, and converge via a dynamic documentation process - available online and in the space.

Follow X-Lab projects online as they develop: http://eyebeam.tumblr.com

In exploding the Eyebeam lab model, putting it under the microscope for closer inspection, we offer new ways for both the public and Eyebeam itself to understand and shape its vision for creative practice at the nexus of socially-engaged art, design, and engineering.

X-Lab includes the following resources and work/play spaces:

  • R&D houses tools for prototyping and developing work
  • Prototyping is a fabricating space for production
  • Sandbox is a play space for user testing and collecting data for new projects
  • Classroom is a networked space to think and make and meet
  • Presentation is flexible space for workshops, discussion groups, formal presentations, and dinners
  • Bookstore is a space for informal conversation, reading, doing research - and shopping :)

These spaces are flexible and permeable: the activity from one can easily bleed into others, or be taking place simultaneously in many.

The public is invited to interact with the artists' works during our X-Lab Open Hours: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 12PM – 6PM. Docents will lead visitors through the space and introduce artists during those times. Go here to view the schedule of artists' work-in-progress.

Below is a listing of X-Lab events and activities.