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Eyebeam = open source & open content; to make what we do open to all, we are creating a new public space for books, exhibits & coffee.
Eyebeam = open source & open content; to make what we do open to all, we are creating a new public space for books, exhibits & coffee.
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Eyebeam is opening its space to you!

UPDATE 12: Nato Thompson, Chief Curator at Creative Time, on the importance of Eyebeam's space for creative collaboration. 

UPDATE 13: 70 Hours to go!! If you've donated already, consider giving more!

UPDATE 14: Interim Director Pat Jones explains the challenges we face with our space and how this campaign will help us open up our space to you -  Check it out on artinfo!

UPDATE 15: Eli Keszler, composer and performer, points out the importance of Eyebeam as a non-corporate space for technological and artistic investigation and why you should donate NOW! Check out the Rhizome article on his work and his installation at Eyebeam, L-Carrier as well as the NYTimes review.

Eyebeam, the leading American organization supporting artists that work with technology, is launching a Kickstarter campaign to build a new, more public entrance into our building in Chelsea's gallery district.  This renovation will give us and you a multi-use exhibition and presentation space in addition to our existing bookstore. To do this, we need your help. 

Mary Mattingly discussing her Flockhouse project
Mary Mattingly discussing her Flockhouse project

The reconfigured space will allow us to showcase works by current artists and alumni in clear view of the street and give us a better public space for book-signings, performances, and parties. We're even planning to add a pop-up coffee shop! These changes will make Eyebeam more accessible and inviting and will help us reach a new and broader audience. But most importantly, this will give YOU a space to interact with Eyebeam: the people and the technology, games, sound pieces, works-in-process, performances and innovation. You’ll be free to stop by anytime, check out what’s happening, and maybe learn about a project that will make the future a better, more interesting and fun place. 

We have always been dedicated to operating with a spirit of openness, and this redesign allows us to do just that in a (literally) concrete way. 

NOW AVAILABLE: Summer Workshop Rewards!

  • Fun and Games with Zajal ($75/session), a new programming language developed by Eyebeam Fellow Ramsey Nasser. It is designed to be a lot of fun, and emphasizes improvisation and experimentation over rigid rules. Each of these three workshops will introduce the language in a different way: through game design, data visualization, and physical computing. Schedule: Thursdays 5-9 pm -- July 12: Gaming, July 19: Data Visualization, July 26: Physical Computing/Robotics FULL INFO.
  • Scraping Political Data: Web Hacking Techniques ($210), taught by Eyebeam Fellow Paolo Cirio. The workshop will introduce the basic philosophy behind transparency activism and how to accomplish it through the use of smart hacks over web platforms. Schedule: 2 sessions, Tuesdays 11 am - 5 pm; July 10 and 24 FULL INFO.
  • Tactical Trasmedia Fiction ($515), taught by Eyebeam Fellow Paolo Cirio. The workshop will explore ‘Cross Media’ practices for producing fiction, such as ‘Transmedia Storytelling’, ‘Alternative Reality Games’ and ‘Dispersed Fiction,’ and how these products are changing cinema, theatre, marketing and games through internet platforms and networked devices. July 11 - August 8, Wednesdays, 2-7PM (six classes) FULL INFO.

Artist Rewards

Famous Rap Singers by Tahir Hemphill
Famous Rap Singers by Tahir Hemphill
  • For $25, you'll receive an original copy of the Special Edition of either the New York Post or the New York Times made by Eyebeam alum Steve Lambert, Andy Bichlbaum of The Yes Men, along with 30 writers, 50 advisors, and many more - for $45, we'll give you both. This project was made possible with the help of Eyebeam. 
  • For $30 you'll get a behind-the-scenes tour of Eyebeam and a chance to see the tools and studios, and get a glimpse of the amazing work being created!
  • For $65, you'll receive the collected videography of Nick Fox-Gieg; over thirty shorts with a total runtime of one and a half hours. Predominantly a combination of hand-drawn animation and spoken-word performance, videos in the collection also explore narrative live-action, animated documentary, abstract visual music, and realtime digital puppetry. Includes SXSW winner "The Orange." Will be packaged on SD card in Lib-Ray (all-open HD format). 
  • For $100, receive a working proof, mounted with hanging brace, of the "DCP Series" by Phillip Stearns. They are a collection of digital images produced by intentionally corrupting the circuitry of various Kodak DC series low-resolution digital cameras. As much as these images are the residue of an external agency acting upon the camera, they are also machine hallucinations, electric sheep.
DCP 0096 by Phillip Stearns
DCP 0096 by Phillip Stearns
  • For $225, you will receive a  photo print which captures "The Paradox of the 10 Acres Square" - Franziska Lamprecht and Hajoe Moderegger, working as the collective eteam, purchased a 10-acre lot of land in the Nevada desert that included a dirt road. In an attempt to get rid of the road by eliminating its' traffic, eteam orchestrated an artificial traffic jam. 
  • For $250, you'll receive Famous Rap Singers, by Tahir Hemphill. These laser etchings grew out of Tahir's project at Eyebeam: the Hip-Hop Word Count, a searchable ethnographic database built from the lyrics of over 40,000 Hip-Hop songs from 1979 to present day.
  • For a donation of $300, we'll give you Primary Weapons, a sculpture by Eyebeam Resident Enrique Radigales. Enrique inscribes the PlayStation controller's familiar button layout onto the most primitive of platforms: slabs of raw marble, granite, and concrete. 
  • As part of "Stranger Visions", Eyebeam Resident Heather Dewey-Hagborg creates portrait sculptures from analyses of genetic material collected in public places. Donate $1,200 and she will analyze your DNA and create a "portrait" of you and your ancestry based on the information contained within your DNA.
  • Using RGB+D technology, James George creates astonishingly beautiful and jaw-droppingly futuristic portraits. RGB+D is a new photography hybrid that combines the depth imaging of Microsoft Kinect cameras with the high resolution of digital SLR cameras. The result is a high-density wireframe that can be manipulated in three dimensions. James George will create a 16" x 24" portrait using the RGB+D system for your donation of $2,000 or more
  • And for $10,000, we'll send you a laser-etched sign inscribed with the phrase "Congratulations, you are a philanthropist" signed by all Eyebeam staff and artists. 
Stranger Visions by Heather Dewey-Hagborg
Stranger Visions by Heather Dewey-Hagborg

Help Spread the Word!

Please give whatever you can, tell everyone you know, and share our campaign through social media as much as possible. You can follow the progress behind-the-scenes at our Tumblr. Anything you can do helps us out. To make our space better serve you, the people that appreciate and love what we do, we need your help. 

RGB+D portrait by James George
RGB+D portrait by James George

FAQ

  • We are a non-profit artist support organization that works with creators that primarily release to the open domain.

    We rent the space out at times and that money goes directly back to the residents and fellows in the form of stipends and honoraria as well as to pay the dedicated staff for their time. And while the space is generously donated to us, we are not eligible for foundation grants for capital improvements because it is not technically owned by Eyebeam. We need your help to make it a reality.

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  • Pat Jones (http://eyebeam.org/people/pat-jones) has been acting as Interim Director for the last 6 months and doing an outstanding job of guiding the organization through this transitional period. We're focusing on activating our 15,000 square foot space with a constant and rotating series of exhibitions, performances, and presentations. Check our calendar, we're busier than ever! And a big part of the focus on the space is reflected in this campaign, to revitalize our physical interface with the public through a robust presentation, exhibition, and retail space.

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  • No. This is the first step towards re-thinking our Chelsea space to better serve our artists and technologists and provide an engaging platform for YOU to hang out and meet them. To do this, we will transform the storefront space into an active and engaging area for artists to show work and for the public to learn more about the process of today's most visionary creative technologists while providing a comfortable place to sit down and have a coffee.

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    You are making this happen! And to say thanks, we'd like to invite you to our bookstore launch party this fall and have a drink on us! It'll be a great chance to see the space that we have created, together.

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    An original copy the Yes Men's Special Edition of either the New York Post or the New York Times - for $45, we'll give you both. (The NYTimes Special Edition was supported by Eyebeam). Plus, of course, our thanks, your name on our website, and an invitation to our launch party.

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    "Making Things Move: DIY Mechanisms for Inventors, Hobbyists, and Artists" by Eyebeam alum Dustyn Roberts reveals practical mechanical design principles to readers and shows them how to apply those principles through a wide range of sample projects. This book was partially written during her residency at Eyebeam.

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    You will receive a copy of Trespass, the first book to present the full historical sweep, global reach and technical developments of the street art movement. Trespass features key works by 150 artists, and connects four generations of visionary outlaws including Jean Tinguely,Spencer Tunick, Keith Haring, Os Gemeos, Jenny Holzer, Barry McGee, Gordon Matta-Clark, Shepard Fairey, Blu, Billboard Liberation Front, Guerrilla Girls andBanksy, among others.

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    We'll give you The Social Media Reader, edited by former Eyebeam Fellow Michael Mandiberg. With the rise of web 2.0 and social media platforms taking over vast tracts of territory on the internet, the media landscape has shifted drastically. The Social Media Reader is the first collection to address the collective transformation with pieces from all the major thinkers in the field.

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    The collected videography of Nick Fox-Gieg; over thirty shorts with a total runtime of one and a half hours. Predominantly a combination of hand-drawn animation and spoken-word performance, videos in the collection also explore narrative live-action, animated documentary, abstract visual music, and realtime digital puppetry. Includes SXSW winner "The Orange."

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    A signed, limited edition of Guts of Glory, an art work in the form of a card game by Eyebeam Resident Zach Gage, that can only be described as a "food-eating contest played as a deck-spewing card game set in the post-apocalyptic future." Players race to eat the most spectacular foods and win the approval of the roaring crowd.

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    F*CK Snow Globes - tell it like it is with this traditionally designed snow globe by Eyebeam alums Nora Ligorano and Marshall Reese, capturing your feelings in bright red letters for all the world to see.

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    Workshop Reward - Fun and Games with a New Programming Language ($75/session)

    Zajal is a new programming language developed by Eyebeam Fellow Ramsey Nasser. It is designed to be a lot of fun, and emphasizes improvisation and experimentation over rigid rules. Each of these three workshops will introduce the language in a different way: through game design, data visualization, and physical computing.

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    For $100 receive one of 6 working proofs, mounted with hanging brace, of the "DCP Series" by Phillip Stearns. They are a collection of digital images produced by intentionally corrupting the circuitry of various Kodak DC series low-resolution digital cameras. As much as these images are the residue of an external agency acting upon the camera, they are also machine hallucinations, electric sheep.

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    Workshop Reward - Scraping Political Data: Web Hacking Techniques, taught by Paolo Cirio. The workshop will introduce the basic philosophy behind transparency activism and how to accomplish it through the use of smart hacks over web platforms.
    Schedule: 2 sessions, Tuesdays 11 am - 5 pm; July 10 and 24

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    Franziska Lamprecht and Hajoe Moderegger, working as the collective eteam, purchased a 10-acre lot of land in the Nevada desert that included a dirt road. In an attempt to get rid of the road by eliminating its' traffic, eteam orchestrated an artificial traffic jam. For $225, you will receive a photo print which captures "The Paradox of the 10 Acres Square."

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    Famous Rap Singers, 2011, by Tahir Hemphill
    These 7.25 x 7.5 inch laser etchings grew out of Tahir's project at Eyebeam: the Hip-Hop Word Count, a searchable ethnographic database built from the lyrics of over 40,000 Hip-Hop songs from 1979 to present day.

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    Primary Weapons, a sculpture by Eyebeam Resident Enrique Radigales. Enrique inscribes the PlayStation controller's familiar button layout onto the most primitive of surfaces: slabs of marble, granite, and concrete. By juxtaposing modern and ancient technologies and abstracting gamer iconography, Enrique brings to light the nature of video games.

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    Workshop Reward - Tactical Trasmedia Fiction, taught by Eyebeam Fellow Paolo Cirio. The workshop will explore ‘Cross Media’ practices for producing fiction, such as ‘Transmedia Storytelling’, ‘Alternative Reality Games’ and ‘Dispersed Fiction,’ and how these products are changing cinema, theatre, marketing and games through internet platforms and networked devices. July 11 - August 8, Wednesdays, 2-7PM (six classes) http://bit.ly/NjFjJC

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    As part of "Stranger Visions", Eyebeam Resident Heather Dewey-Hagborg creates portrait sculptures from analyses of genetic material collected in public places. Donate at this level and she will analyze your DNA and create a "portrait" of you and your ancestry based on the information contained within your DNA.

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    An astonishingly beautiful and jaw-droppingly futuristic RGB+D portrait by James George. RGB+D is a new photography hybrid that combines the depth imaging of Microsoft Kinect cameras with the high resolution of digital SLR cameras. The result is a high-density wireframe that can be manipulated in three dimensions. James George will create a 16" x 24" portrait print of the patron using the RGB+D system. The image will be printed on Lambda Metallic mounted on 1/8" Sintra with 1/4" Plexiglas cover. The portrait includes a sitting with artist.

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    We will hand deliver a laser etched sign with the phrase, "Thank you for making the world a better place" signed by all Eyebeam staff and artists.

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