Thursday, July 10, 2008

Fwd: This Week at Eyebeam: Double Take | Summer School | Digital Day Camp

Hi Friends,
I just love what EYEBEAM is up too. They are so kindred with the purpose and projects of Visionary Artists Resources Including Other Unique Services (V.A.R.I.O.U.S. Media, 501c3) and about the closest thing to Creativity Cafe I have discovered in searching the globe for kindred spirits. They mirror in many ways our intentions and steps taken to manifest a new school; where art and technology can be used for the benefit of all, locally and globally. Enjoy this.


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Eyebeam is doing a Double Take this Saturday at 4PM when our warehouse turns into a funhouse till August 9. And if you're having trouble keeping up to date with what projects are emerging from Interactivos?@Eyebeam, Summer School will give you a first hand chance to collaborate with our collaborators. Remember Eyebeam tourists: bring your camera this week and create your own adventure at the Tourist Photography Club workshop.

Also: Upgrade! footage of the World Science Festival's panel, Art in the Age of Terrorism with Steve Kurtz is online now and ready for your viewing pleasure: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=5E19C6AFD9E3F8EE


This Week at Eyebeam:

July 10: Summer School: What do artists and audiences think of interactivity?

July 12: Interactivos?@Eyebeam Double Take exhibition opens

July 15: Summer School: Hardware hacking for interaction

July 19: Tourist Photography Club workshop

July 22: Summer School: Robots and how we see ourselves

July 29: Digital Day Camp reception and presentations

New from our Labs:

July 21: Don't Fuck with Love

Make your own giant Gandhi on Instructables

Eyebeam community news:

New project: Graffiti for Butterflies


Summer School July 10

July 10: Summer School: What do artists and audiences think of interactivity?

Date: Thursday, July 10, 6PM
Location: Eyebeam, 540 W. 21st St., NYC
Cost: Free

As part of Interactivos?@Eyebeam, and in preparation for the opening of the exhibition Double Take, we present a lecture on how artists and audiences consider interactivity, led by Professor of New Media, Beryl Graham. Examples of high and low tech projects in gallery and publicly-sited contexts will be shown, and a rousing discussion with artists based on their own experiences will follow. This evening is presented in conjunction with Eyebeam research partner CRUMB, the resource for curators of new media art, based in the UK.

Eyebeam Summer School is an annual adult workshop series designed to encourage the creative use of technologies for personal expression, activism, communication and community involvement. For more information and to register, email: bookstore AT eyebeam DOT org.

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July 12: Interactivos?@Eyebeam Double Take exhibition opens

Miseong Lee, Through Time Tunnel

Interactivos?@Eyebeam: Double Take
Dates: July 12 - August 9; presentations: Saturday, July 12 at 4PM; opening reception at 6PM
Location: Eyebeam, 540 W. 21st St., NYC
Cost: Free
http://www.eyebeam.org/engage/engage.php?page=exhibitions&id=169
http://interactivos.eyebeam.org

This exhibition showcases the interactive projects resulting from an intensive two week program of workshops and seminars, Interactivos?@Eyebeam: Better than the real thing. All the works play with the idea of reality, disbelief and the illusions we experience in our technologically mediated lives. Double Take is curated in collaboration with Sarah Cook, Eyebeam's visiting curatorial fellow. The artists will present their work on Saturday, July 12, 4PM, followed by a reception at 6PM. Digital Day Camp projects will be added to the show on July 29 at a reception at 7PM.

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 can be found here:
http://www.eyebeam.org/learning/learning.php?page=interactivos
and here: http://interactivos.eyebeam.org

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Watch What You Are

July 15: Summer School: Hardware hacking for interaction

Date: Wednesday, July 15, 6PM
Location: Eyebeam, 540 W. 21st St., NYC
Cost: Free

Double Take artists Justin Downs and Ruycl Mills will discuss interaction and their project Watch What You Are. Eyebeam R&D OpenLab fellow Ayah Bdier will present her newest project littleBits and discuss open source electronics. New Eyebeam resident artist Hans Christoph Steiner will demonstrate his work which involves recycling old devices like iPods, PDAs, and mobile phones into new interactive gadgets: two old iPods mounted in a custom mount can become a set of mini-turntables, an old wifi router attached to a solar panel transforms to a free telephone system to serve a small community and a PDA built into a guitar body turns into a touchscreen guitar.

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Tourist shots

July 19: Tourist Photography Club workshop

Date: Saturday, July 19, 3PM
Location: Eyebeam, 540 W. 21st St., NYC
Cost: Free

Take part in Taeyoon's Tourist Photography workshop and take a final look at the Tourists and Travelers show on its last day.

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digitallyFit

July 22: Summer School: Robots and how we see ourselves

Date: Tuesday, July 22, 6PM
Location: Eyebeam, 540 W. 21st St., NYC
Cost: Free

Artist Andrew Mahon, whose work is included in the Double Take exhibition, will present digitallyFit, a project that allows you to modify your body image in real time. He will talk about the digital representation, and misrepresentation of self, from the most banal mediums such as the buddy icon, through the more descriptive yet revealing Second Life. New Eyebeam resident artist Adrianne Wortzel will present her works demonstrating the persistence with which humans imbue machines with souls; and maybe, vice versa, in a talk titled, The Uncanny Alley: Fun House Reflections of Humans and Machines.

This will be followed by a talk on Blinking lights and belief systems. In this talk, Eyebeam senior fellow Jeff Crouse will discuss BoozBot, a robot co-created with Eyebeam Production Lab fellow David Jimison, that serves both hard alcohol and witty banter to patrons. BoozBot elicits responses in people based upon their own conceptions of technology. The aesthetics of BoozBot rely upon cultural myths about robots, and allow people to engage in a performance with the robot, in which they uncover their own assumptions about technology.

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July 29: Digital Day Camp reception and presentations

Date: Wednesday, July 29, 7PM
Location: Eyebeam, 540 W. 21st St., NYC
Cost: Free
http://www.digitaldaycamp2008.blogspot.com/

The DDC 2008 students will present and discuss the projects they worked on over the course of the three-week program.

The theme of this year's DDC echoed that of Interactivos?@Eyebeam: Interactive art and technology and the tension between "real" and "fake". The NYC public high school students participate in workshops led by Eyebeam artists and fellows. The presentations will be followed by a reception.

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New from our Labs:

July 21: Don't Fuck with Love

Don't Fuck with Love
Date: Opens Monday, July 21
http://www.redbulltheater.com/#INDEXraw

Red Bull Theater's performance of Kay Matschullat's Don't Fuck with Love will be presented the week of July 21st at Playwrights Horizons' Peter Jay Sharp Theater. Award-winning downtown musical act Antony & the Johnsons have created the music featured in Don't Fuck with Love and the multimedia design work is by Eyebeam Production Lab fellow Addie Wagenknecht.

Tickets are available at http://www.ticketcentral.com or by calling (212) 279-4200.

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Gandhi and Joseph Delappe

Make your own giant Gandhi on Instructables

Now everyone can build their own giant Second Life Gandhi. Former Eyebeam resident Joseph Delappe has released a new Instructable detailing the process of building the 17' tall Gandhi avatar that's currently on view in the exhibition Tourists and Travelers closing July 12: http://www.instructables.com/id/Build-a-17-Tall-Cardboard-Papercraft-Gandhi/

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Community news:

Graffiti for Butterflies

New project: Graffiti for Butterflies

GFB by Eyebeam alum Elliott Malkin, uses images of milkweed flowers to broadcast the location of food sources to monarch butterflies. The graffiti is placed on a wall above an actual milkweed plant in New York City, signaling the presence of nectar to hungry monarchs in the vicinity. Monarchs regularly pass through wide swathes of human settlement as they migrate each year from wintering sites in Mexico to summering grounds in the US and Canada. GFB is the equivalent of a fast-food sign on a highway, advertising rest stops (waystations) to monarchs traveling through the area.

http://www.dziga.com/graffiti/

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