This Week at Eyebeam: Other Options | Untethered | Democracy in America


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Yes, computer love abounds at Eyebeam. Now it‘s spreading to appliances. Next week we present our latest, and dare we say greatest, exhibition: Untethered: A sculpture garden of readymades which opens 6PM Thursday, September 25. We bet you never thought we do a sculpture show, huh? Even sooner: This Thursday in our Commons space we open Other Options the traveling exhibition curated by InCUBATE, which features projects that investigate the ways in which artists are dealing with the current climate of support for cultural production. Be sure to check the calendar of events for more info on this weekend‘s related public programming.

If New York‘s Fashion Week left you hungry for something truly out of the ordinary, have a look at our photos of two Eyebeamers‘ interpretations of pret-a-porter: Last week Ayah Bdeir‘s lovely lingerie model braved the rain, and JooYoun Paek‘s guided budding fashion designers through the art of ironing plastic.

This Week at Eyebeam:

September 18 – October 11: Other Options exhibition opens

September 25 – October 25: Untethered exhibition opens

New from our Labs:

September 17 – October 1: AVLAB

September 21 – 27: Eyebeam at Democracy in America

September 24: Sonic Antarctica

September 25 – 28: openFrameworks at YCAM Japan

Marisa Olson Writes her Dissertation: An Endurance Performance in 3...


September 19: PARK(ing) Day

September 27: Radio Lab: Artist/Activism Seminar

Other Options

September 18 – October 11: Other Options

Date: September 18 - October 11
Opening: Thurs., Sept. 18, 6PM, with a presentation by Geraldine Juárez
Location: Eyebeam, 540 W. 21st St., NYC
Cost: Free

Other Options is a series of exhibitions and public programs that investigates the ways in which artists are dealing with the current climate of support for cultural production. By increasingly incorporating new models of resource allocation, community building, funding structures, and forms of exchange as integral to their artistic production, these artists are creating new possibilities for the role of contemporary art in an everyday context. Other Options is a traveling series that began in 2007 and comes to Eyebeam after stops in Chicago; Grand Rapids, MI; Pittsburgh; and Syracuse).

The show includes work by: Forays, Josh Greene, Material Exchange, Mikey Merrill, Phil Orr and Ryan Thompson, ReTool, Joanna Spitzner, and Geraldine Juárez.

Related events:

This exhibition is possible thanks to the support of the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York:

Curated by InCUBATE:


Michel de Broin, Dead Star, 2008

September 25 – October 25: Untethered

Untethered: A sculpture garden of readymades
Date: September 25 – October 25
Opening: Thurs., Sept. 25, 6PM
Location: Eyebeam, 540 W. 21st St., NYC
Cost: Free

Untethered is a sculpture garden of everyday objects deprogrammed of their original function, embedded with new intelligence, and transformed into surrealist and surprising readymades, including a photocopier that reads the night sky; a PDA turned guitar; and a piano that plays the Internet. The exhibition features pieces by 15 artists working at the intersection of art and technology, including current and former Eyebeam residents and fellows, as well as leading international artists:

  • Jessica Banks
  • Ayah Bdeir
  • Michel de Broin
  • Max Dean
  • Paul DeMarinis
  • Kelly Dobson
  • Germaine Koh
  • JooYoun Paek
  • Sascha Pohflepp
  • Hans-Christoph Steiner
  • Thomson & Craighead
  • Nor_/d (Addie Wagenknecht + Stefan Hechenberger)
  • Joe Winter

Curated by Eyebeam curatorial fellow Sarah Cook, whose fellowship is supported by a partnership with CRUMB.

Related events:

  • » Sept. 25: Opening reception and artist talks
  • Join Untethered curator, Eyebeam‘s curatorial fellow Sarah Cook for the opening of the show and a chance to meet the artists of Untethered. A guided tour of the exhibition will follow talks by the artists listed below:

    • Michel de Broin, an internationally recognized artist from Montreal who is based in Berlin, and winner of the 2007 Sobey Art Award, will present his recent sculptures, including Dead Star (2008, pictured above) and Great Encounter (2008), an investigation into the isolation of appliances.
    • Kelly Dobson, an artist based at MITʼs Media Lab, will present her responsive hacked technologies including Blendie (2003–04), a blender that responds only to growling noises, and Toastie (2004), a toaster that operates when hummed at.
    • Germaine Koh, an internationally recognized artist from Vancouver, will present a work from her Fair Weather Forces series (2008), in which live tide and water-level data control a velvet rope barrier in the gallery.
    • Sascha Pohflepp, a German artist and student in the Design Interactions program at the Royal College of Art, London, will present his project Buttons (2006)—a lens-free camera that takes other people’s pictures.

    Eyebeam artists: Jessica Banks, Ayah Bdeir, JooYoun Paek, Nor_/d (Addie Wagenknecht and Stefan Hechenberger) and Joe Winter will also be present for the exhibition walk through.

  • » Oct. 14: Open source your mobile devices
  • » Oct. 21: Performing machines
  • » Oct. 25: Panel discussion + closing reception

» Download press release (PDF)
» Download invitation (PDF)
» View images
» Link to audio guide (available September 24)


New from our Labs:

September 17 – October 1: AVLAB

From Sept. 17 – Oct. 1, Eyebeam resident artist Hans-Christoph Steiner and musician Francisco Lopez will teach AVLAB: an advanced production workshop fusing audio and visual media for performance and installations. The artists have selected nine projects, all of which are open to collaborators. Please come and join us!


Photo: Rachel Mason, Kissing President Bush, 2004
Rachel Mason, Kissing President Bush, 2004

September 21 – 27: Eyebeam at Democracy in America

Democracy in America: The National Campaign
Date: September 21 – 27, 12 – 10PM
Location: Creative Time with The Park Avenue Armory,
643 Park Avenue, NYC (Btw. 66th and 67th Streets)

Eyebeam senior fellow Steve Lambert has created a new participatory installation for the Democracy in America exhibition. The project, Of the people, by the people, for the people includes plans for a new Pentagon and Department of Defense in which each visitor can propose to reallocate the country‘s $440 billion defense budget, and redesign the Pentagon‘s iconic building. Steve will also be hosting the Anti-Advertising Agency Foundation for Freedom 2008 Award Ceremony at Eyebeam on Friday, Sept. 19.

Material Exchange and senior fellow Geraldine Juárez, collaborate with inCUBATE in the creation of a satellite storefront of their Chicago space in the Convergence Center of Democracy in America (in New York). The space will be customized for the presentation of Sunday Soup—a communal meal sold to benefit a grant for creative projects. Food Not Bombs New York (Ethan Shoshan, Leah Blanchard, Jason Black) will team up with Forays (Geraldine Juárez and Adam Bobbette) to host the exquisite Edible Excess Soup: From the dumpster to your table. Also, Tanda Foundation, Andi Sutton, Gina Badger and Anne Elizabeth Moore besides others will be hosting soups throughout the week. Check calendar for schedule:

Also participating are Eyebeam alumni: Maria Ghani with Chitra Ganesh, Angel Nevarez and Vlerie Tevere, Trevor Paglen and Critical Art Ensemble.


September 24: Sonic Antarctica

Ground Truth: L‘Art Interpolaire @rt outsiders 2008
Date: September 24, 5PM
Location: Maison Européenne de la Photographie 5-7, Rue de Fourcy 75 004, Paris

Eyebeam resident artist Andrea Polli will present Sonic Antarctica at Ground Truth: L‘Art Interpolaire this week. Sonic Antarctica is a radio broadcast, live performance, and sound and visual installation featuring recordings of the Antarctic soundscape. Sonic Antarctica features natural and industrial field recordings, scientific sonifications and interviews with scientists. A full-length audio CD of this work will be released on the Grunrecorder label in November 2008.


September 25 – 28: openFrameworks at YCAM Japan

R&D OpenLab fellow Zachary Lieberman and alum Theo Watson will present their openFrameworks toolkit in an advanced, four day workshop at Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media, Yamaguchi Japan. OF will be featured in the first YCAM InterLab Camp program, a new annual intensive course organized by YCAM‘s production team. This series of lectures, workshops, and summary reports for intermediate- and advanced-level participants, will be presented by invited engineers and researchers active at the front lines of media art today, who will discuss the latest technologies, tools, environments, and their applications.

Marisa Olson Writes her Dissertation: An Endurance Performance in 3...

Directed by Eyebeam R&D OpenLab fellow Michael Mandiberg. Performed by Marisa Olson.

Veterans of web-based autobiographical performance, Olson and “Coach Mandiberg” have teamed up to get Marisa through her dissertation by framing it as an act of endurance. Every day for the month of September, Olson will spend all day writing while webcam shots and screencaps of her desktop are automatically uploaded to the net every 60 seconds. This gesture of transparency is a continuation of Olson‘s research into the role of sousveillance in “The Art of Protest in Network Culture.”



September 19: PARK(ing) Day

Friday, September 19 PARK(ing) Day is a one-day, global event centered in San Francisco with events in New York, on which artists, activists, and citizens collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spots into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public parks.

Together with New York‘s Transportation Alternatives, Eyebeam will host a follow-up to the event on October 18, 12 – 8PM: The PARK(ing) Day Redux block party. Stay tuned for more info:

PARK(ing) Day is an open-source REBAR invention:


September 27: Radio Lab: Artist/Activism Seminar

Date: September 27, 12 – 6PM
Location: The Change You Want To See Gallery
84 Havemeyer St., at Metropolitan Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn

The Change You Want To See Gallery is please to host free103point9 Radio Lab: Artist/Activism Seminar. Please join us for a daylong seminar including presentation, hands-on workshop and film screening.

free103point9 Radio Labs provide students with the technical skills and contextual background to consider and utilize the transmission spectrum for creative expression. Workshops address four main topics: the history of broadcasting; how transmitters work; online transmission tools; and transmission arts as a creative medium.

On September 27, join Tianna Kennedy (free103point9), Maka Kotto (Prometheus Radio Project), and Kaya Weisman (Germantown Community Farm) for a transmitter building workshop, discussion, and screening of “Un Poquito de Tanta Verdad” (Corrugated Films).

A 90-minute documentary, “A Little Bit of So Much Truth” captures the unprecedented media phenomenon that emerged when tens of thousands of school teachers, housewives, indigenous communities, health workers, farmers, and students took 14 radio stations and one TV station into their own hands, using them to organize, mobilize, and ultimately defend their grassroots struggle for social, cultural, and economic justice.


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