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Benefit auction item: Keith Harring Tank Top found on Craigslist (May 16, 1984. Paradise Garage Invite)
Long live freedom and creativity!
We'd like to extend a great big thank you to all who came out to Eyebeam's benefit honoring Craig Newmark last week! We raised an unprecedented sum for Eyebeam's labs and educational programming, and John Mulaney is a funny man indeed. For pictures from the night see:
The next few weeks promise to be exciting: We're thrilled to have the Critical Art Ensemble's Dr. Steven Kurtz join us for the next Upgrade! at Eyebeam on May 29, to speak on a panel co-organized by the World Science Festival and the Berkeley Center for New Media. This will be Dr. Kurtz's first public appearance since the US government's controversial case against him was dropped on April 21, 2008. For more on the case, see: http://www.caedefensefund.org/
In the meantime, May 22 we present an evening on wearable technologies, on the occasion of Sabine Seymour's recent book: Fashionable Technology: The Intersection of Design, Fashion, Science, and Technology and the culmination of the Spring 2008 Girls Eye View Project Walkway program. The night's programming will include a runway show of student projects, short presentation and reception. Join us!
This Week at Eyebeam:
New from our Labs:
Public Workshop + Presentations
The Change You Want To See gallery will host a collaborative workshop exploring the mashup and remix of audio-visual, social and architectural elements onsite, with local borough-based teenage participants and Eyebeam's educational partners. Each workshop participant will be invited to bring at least three clips to add to a pool of source material. We will consider site-specific “give and take”, and aim to develop “fair-use” guidelines for fellow participants and laymen.
VJ-ing, event-design and space-modification workshops will mix and remix the resources, talents, perspectives of all present, to create a performative party with live audio-visual manipulation, a juice-bar and dancing. As a public party for the Seeders 'N' Leechers 'R' Us outgoing process, endeavors to seed the imagination of possible futures.
Co-related workshops by:
Coordinated by Liz Slagus, Eyebeam resident Andrew Paterson and Not An Alternative. For more information, or to take part in workshop contact: agryfp AT gmail DOT com.
We're pleased to announce that we (Eyebeam fellows, residents and staff) have selected ten projects—form the 60-plus submitted applications—to be realized during a two-week workshop in late June.
But we need help, and that's where you come in. We are now recruiting collaborators—artists, engineers, musicians, programmers, designers, and hackers—to help bring these projects to life. This is an opportunity to work with international artists including current Eyebeamers Zachary Lieberman, Taeyoon Choi, Jeff Crouse, Friedrich Kirschner, and others. Collaborators will participate in skill-based workshops, and attend public lectures and associated events, and be an integral part of the production of exciting new interactive projects. The completed projects will be included in Eyebeam's Summer 2008 exhibition.
To be considered, send us a letter outlining your skill set and what you think you could contribute to the workshops, with a CV (word documents or pdfs only please, no image attachments) to interactivosinfo AT eyebeam DOT org by May 26. Selected collaborators will be notified May 29.
Interactivos? was initiated two years ago by the Medialab-Prado program and the Madrid City Council. This is the first time it has taken place outside Spain.
The full list of projects, and further detail on the kind of collaborative help we are looking for, will be announced next week. See: http://www.eyebeam.org/engage/engage.php?page=exhibitions&id=169
Date: Thursday, May 22, Reception + book signing 6PM | Runway show 7PM | Talk 7:30PM
Location: Eyebeam, 540 W. 21st St., NYC
During Project Walkway eight female participants from local high school Bayard Rustin Academy for Art and Music have been learning the fundamentals of electronics and wearable technologies. The program will end with a runway show and book launch of Sabine Seymour's Fashionable Technology: The Intersection of Design, Fashion, Science and Technology, on May 22.
Project Walkway, this year's Girls Eye View program, was be taught by former Eyebeam resident Norene Leddy with current R&D OpenLab fellows Ayah Bdeir and Jessica Banks.
Date: May 29, 7PM
Join Dr. Steven Kurtz, the artist accused by the US Department of Justice of “bioterrorism” stemming from his use of scientific materials in his award-winning art practice, and science writer Carl Zimmer for a panel discussion on the ethics of scientific and creative research and freedom of speech.
Kurtz, a University at Buffalo professor and founding member of the Critical Art Ensemble, uses biological materials in educational exhibits and performances designed to inspire debate about political and social issues, including those surrounding new biotechnologies. In May of 2004, he was detained on suspicion of "bioterrorism" for his possession of a small laboratory and petri dishes containing bacteria cultures used in several of Critical Art Ensemble's projects. When these accusations proved groundless, he was then charged with mail and wire fraud—charges which carried a possible sentence of 20 years in jail under the USA PATRIOT Act. Earlier this month, a federal judge dismissed those charges; however, the US Department of Justice may still appeal the dismissal.
This month's Upgrade! New York is a collaboration between Eyebeam and the World Science Festival, with additional support from the Berkeley Center for New Media.
Eyebeam is accepting applications for the position of Part Time Technical Assistant. The successful candidate will be resourceful and well-versed in the technological requirements of administering hardware and software for new media art and creative technology projects. S/he will have experience maintaining a broad range of servers, personal computers, networks and should be an adept linux systems administrator. This is a part time position for the months of July through September 2008.
The Technical Assistant reports to the Director of Technology and is responsible for the daily operation and support inclusive of:
Current projects include archiving of past projects produced at Eyebeam, rewiring the network room and installing new switches, creating an internal file server for staff with quotas, and centralizing print management.
Compensation commensurate with experience.
For more information or to apply, email: emma AT eyebeam DOT org
Eyebeam is currently accepting applications for a Public Relations Assistant. This is a non-paid, part-time position/internship for a minimum of three months. The intern will be responsible for compiling and maintaining digital and hard copies of Eyebeam press and publicity materials; creating specialized press kits and developing customized publicity packages; researching media outlets and maintaining detailed files on local and national press contacts and assisting with Eyebeam guests and visitors. We will also work with the assistant to identify projects based on their individual areas of interest.
We are looking for a very thorough, detail-oriented, methodical, motivated and creative individual with an interest in the arts, new technology, media studies or communications. Applicants should feel comfortable working with Photoshop, databases and conducting online research.
To apply please submit a resume and cover letter to interninfo AT eyebeam DOT org, with “PR Assistant” in the subject line.
New from our Labs
Date: Thursday, May 22, 7:30PM
On May 22 at the New Museum, several of the artists who received support in the 2008 cycle will present their finished projects and other work. Artists showing their work include Eyebeam alumni Evan Roth and eteam (Hajoe Moderegger and Franziska Lamprecht), Eyebeam senior fellow Steve Lambert and Rafael Rozendaal.
The Rhizome Commissions Program was founded in 2001 to provide support to emerging artists working with new technologies. The 44 works commissioned to date represent some of the most innovative, pioneering efforts in the field.
The media's abuzz about Nor_/D's (Stefan Hechenberger and Eyebeam Production Lab fellow Addie Wagenknecht) CUBIT multitouch toolkit, and organizations, scientists, hobbyists and corporations are getting busy building their own interactive touch surface gadgets.
Designed with OpenFrameworks and produced with the support of Eyebeam, CUBIT is an interactive surface for multitouch interactions. It was designed with the intention of redefining visual computing and departing from the mouse-pointer paradigm. On CUBIT, fingers are seen as points of location, areas of contact, and vectors. Based on these sensory inputs the interface generates graphical widgets that behave along preconceived notions of physical objects.
Date: Monday, May 19, 7PM
This evening will feature LoVid video screenings and performances with homemade synthesizers, including the world premier of a new Wirefull composition: Video Fingerprints, produced with support from Lower Manhattan Cultural Center. Video Fingerprints eight New York-based art makers and facilitators will provide fingertips and their bodies' electrical signals to control and create live video and sound.
For more information see: http://www.moma.org/calendar/films.php?id=8545&ref=calendar or email: lovidlovid AT gmail DOT com.
The Graffiti Research Lab will be tagging the side of the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Peter J. Sharp Building May 29 and 31 to coincide with two midnight screenings of the documentary Graffiti Research Lab: The First Season on May 31. The GRL events are part of the Sundance Series at BAM from May 29 to June 8.
For more scheduling details see: http://bam.org/sundance/frontier_2008_LASER.aspx.