What, exactly, is Eyebeam?
Eyebeam is a studio for technology by artists founded in 1997. Eyebeam runs a residency, teen education programs, and an annual calendar of public events including discussions, talks, and artist presentations. Eyebeam focuses on empowering artists and helping launch tools for openness, invention and justice.
What do you mean by technology?
Eyebeam defines technology not just as gadgets but strategies of survival. Past residents have focused their research on painting, journalism, and architecture — all engaged with technology.
Where are you located?
We moved in 2014 from Chelsea to Sunset Park, a thriving creative neighborhood in Brooklyn.
I heard you do R&D.
Eyebeam does not do direct client work. If you have an idea for web design or a prototype, we encourage you to read the guidelines for applying for a residency.
I’d like a tour.
Our studios are open during events. Subscribe to the newsletter, and follow us on social media to find out more.
I (or my organization) like the work that you’re doing. How can I support you?
Donate. Additionally, if you are interested in partnering or sponsoring Eyebeam Residents and would like to arrange studio visits, please email email@example.com. We will get back to you if we think it’s a good fit.
About the Residency
How much financial support do you offer? And what does “upto” mean?
Check out our residency page and find out more about our support. Part of the stipend needs to be dedicated to production, materials or events.
What am I committing to?
We generally ask that all Residents are in the Eyebeam studios three days a week, primarily for extensive professional development programs and group critique/feedback meetings. but requirements for attendance and deliverables vary by residency and depends on the residency partnership. We also ask you to be an active part of the Eyebeam team and community. Applicants may not be a resident artist in another studio program at the same time as the Eyebeam residency.
Are collaborative projects eligible for a Residency program?
Collectives and collaborations can apply, but a single person will be responsible for committing as a resident for the year, and be the point person for communications and payments. Your work samples should reflect a history of working together.
What skills do I need to have? Do I have to know something “tech-y”?
There is no standard set of skills. However, all Residents must be able to do their own research in the goals of successful realization of their project. The ability to learn and collaborate are important. Eyebeam does not provide project-specific production assistance, although residents often assist each other.
What is the workspace like? What equipment do you have?
Eyebeam is an open-plan studio with dedicated desks and lockers. We provide worktables, traditional and digital fabrication machinery, audio and video equipment. If you are selected for an interview, the jury will ask you about your space, equipment and tool needs to assess how you and your project might fit within Eyebeam. Find a 360 video tour here and a list of machinery here.
How will my work be presented at the end of my residency?
Eyebeam is a space for production, not exhibition. You will be included in Eyebeam’s public events and open studios.
What other services, in terms of network and promotion, do you provide?
We strive to provide deep support via professional development and skillshares for residents, as well as visits, field trips and mentorship from field leaders, mid-career artists, and established practitioners.
Do you provide housing or health insurance?
I don’t live in New York and I am not an American Citizen. Is that OK? And what about accommodation?
Yes. That said, all Residents are responsible for travel costs, accommodation, and moving expenses. Eyebeam staff can assist Residents in finding accommodation in New York and contacting Visa agencies. We can’t guarantee the visa approval or the right apartment.
I’m an alum. Can I apply for another residency?
No. However, you may apply again as part of a group, if the other members haven’t been residents. We also partner up with different organizations and try to get alums involved in these programs as much as possible. Email Eyebeam staff if you have any questions.
International applicants are welcome. On acceptance, the applicant is responsible for securing a visa to the USA; Eyebeam will furnish supporting letters and documentation.
Collectives and collaboratives can apply, but a single person (21 years or older) will be responsible for committing as a resident for the year, and be the point person for communications and payments. Your work samples should reflect a history of working together.
This call is open to engineers and artists who want to work within a collaborative environment for critique and support. There is no required skill set, but you must be able to learn the skills you need to produce on your own. Acceptance into the program is predicated upon applicant’s ability to commit to 3 days a week of robust professional development and group feedback participation from Tuesday through Thursday. Success of the group program is dependent on you being present regularly.
Commitment: Acceptance into the program is predicated upon applicant’s ability to commit to 3 days a week of robust professional development and group feedback participation from Tuesday through Thursday. Success of the group program is dependent on you being present regularly.
No late applications can be accepted. In person interviews will take place in early June. Applicants will be notified in early July.
What are the criteria for selection?
Alignment with Eyebeam’s values. Openness: All the work here is driven by an open-source ethos. Invention: We build on old ideas to generate new possibilities. Justice: Technology by artists is a step towards equality and democracy.
- Potential for success.
Cohesiveness, originality, and urgency.
Demonstrated track record.
Commitment to openness and public engagement.
A skillset complementary to the overall makeup of the incoming cohort of Residents.
Match between Eyebeam’s resources and the applicant’s needs.
Any other tips?
- Apply on time. Follow the instructions. Respect the word and time limits.
Consider preparing your application offline first and then copying and pasting it so you don’t lose your work.
In the first round, each jury member spends only 10 minutes on your application. Clarity is paramount.
Clearly and simply state your research’s relationship to the theme. Read and question the theme.
Explain why Eyebeam specifically is the right place for you.
Don’t propose something completely unrelated to your past work.
Many awarded applications are very short. Delete unnecessary words.
Keep feasibility in mind.
Visit the space, attend events, meet the residents.
The purpose and impact of your project are far more important than the tools or media you choose.
Eyebeam is generally not interested in supporting your use of a new technology to restage an existing project.
The links to work samples should be succinct and representative of your work. Make sure that the links provide enough context.
Eyebeam. Not EyeBeam or Eye Beam.
What is the jurying process like?
For our Open Call, we have a very rigorous set of internal reviews for the first round, before passing on a shortlist of applicants to the external jurors. A subset of the shortlist is selected for interviews, and then residencies are offered based on a second review.
What if I don’t receive it?
We promise to give all applicants at least one sentence of feedback. We know that the time it takes to prepare an application is an investment, and want to thank all applicants for their time, rather than punish them for the risk they took.
What happens once I submit my application?
After you have submitted your application, a link will be emailed to you. You will be able to edit your application until the deadline. We will then lock the form.
I can’t use the Google Form. How do I apply?
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org at least one week before the deadline and we’ll send you a form.
What are the applications questions for the Open Call for?
First & Last Name, Date of Birth, Email Address, Mailing Address
Video or Audio Statement: Provide a link to a one minute video or audio statement about your practice. No edits required. Don’t spend more than 5 minutes making this recording. Imagine explaining to a grandparent what you do now. Include the password in the text if needed.
Tell us how your research relates to the theme? What specific areas of the Open Call are you interested in? (Less than 500 characters)
Tell us what you want to do at Eyebeam for 9 – 12 months. Why is Eyebeam the right place (Less than 500 characters)
What are your goals for impact and social relevance in your practice? (Less than 500 characters)
What tools or support do you need to do your work? (Less than 500 characters)
Two links to work samples with short descriptions (Less than 500 characters). Keep in mind that the average reviewer takes 15 minutes or less to review your whole application in the first elimination round. There is more time for consideration and feedback after that. If you are linking to a video, please include markers and don’t forget your password.
Diagram: A visual document, in PDF format, that will help the jury understand the questions and methods you’re proposing to research. The diagram might take the form of a data flow, project sketches, a timeline, schematics, an inspiration board, or more. (link and password if needed)
Short bio (Less than 1200 characters) & Curriculum Vitae (link)
How do you define alums?
We define alums as people who have worked with Eyebeam as fellows, residents, commissioned artists, or teaching artists. However, if you’ve worked in Eyebeam a lot before 2012, and think of yourself as an alum, we’ll accept you as one.
Can I use your space?
Reach out and check in with us directly.
Can you help promote my work?
We’re a small operation, but fill out our share form and we’ll do our best to drop a mention. If it’s time-sensitive, make sure you give us some notice!
What happened to the research groups?
We’ve turned research groups into Eyebeam programs and events. Alums are still welcome to have internal self-organized meetings and reading groups at Eyebeam.
I want to see everyone again! Can I host an Eyebeam alum hangout?
Yes, yes, yes – we should do that. Get in touch with us.
How do I stay in touch?
Eyebeam continues to maintain a lively list-serve—you can request to join. Also, make sure you’re on our general newsletter. And, of course, you can also reach out to any of the staff.