Artists need a space to explore. Eyebeam needs your help to make this space.
Eyebeam is building a sustainable place to create technology by artists in New York City. Support our goal to create this new home: a power station for ideas and invention. With your help, we will:
- Build a home for engaging society and technology through art
- Create a vibrant launchpad for invention and dialogue
- Imagine a hands-on space for learning through artist-led workshops
In our new home, we will continue to "fund the unfundable" through dedicated and generous support to artists and inventors, nurturing projects on the horizon of what is possible. We can do this better because we will have a dedicated storefront space that will house the residents' work areas as well as a very active public hub for events and education programs, with regular panels, discussions, and presentations by residents and alums.
"From the very beginning, Eyebeam has been the crucial proving ground for new ideas, the meeting place for the brightest minds in art and technology, and the springboard to countless innovations." - Trevor Paglen, Eyebeam Resident 2007 -- 2017 MacArthur 'Genius' Fellow.
“Eyebeam has been one of the only places in the US that is concerned with social justice and technology, there are not that many places that think of technology in that way. It is possible to use technology not just critically, but as a means for social change and activism." - Morehshin Allahyari, resident 2017
Why we need you!
Your gift to our campaign will go towards making our vision for this space a reality.
This means furnishing the space with the physical objects and tools which will make it a true home for technology by artists. Your support will help across all our program areas including our residencies for artists, education programs and public events.
$15,000 means we can provide:
- Custom tables, chairs and storage for all our residents
- New technology for our education programs including tablets and laptops for student learning
- BOFA Filtration System allowing us to keep all our digital fabrication in house
$20,000 will allow us to make:
- This will allow us to purchase live-streaming equipment to enable event programs to be accessed globally. By 2019 we want 100% of our programs to have online access aligning with our value of openness.
Each $1,500 we raise beyond $20,000
- Can support another student in our education programs such as Digital Day Camp: a paid two-week summer intensive for public high school students in New York City.
“Eyebeam has been an extremely supportive platform for me to devote time and space to imperative research projects. Working at Eyebeam opened up countless incredible relationships and connections that have shaped my practice into what it is today.” - Colin Self, resident 2016
To select multiple rewards, pledge the total amount and send a message with your reward request.
“Maybe forums like this can be places where ideas are allowed to flourish - and change. The network as "synthetic garden" rather than cultural mausoleum. That is what Eyebeam taught me.” — Paul D Miller, DJ Spooky
1. Addie Wagenknecht, Accutane and Xanax, digital version of Baryta print. 30 editions
This piece by Addie Wagenknecht led to a longer series titled Still Alive and made in collaboration with Aiala Hernando. The series examines the golden age still life genre from a contemporary perspective designed to tease out the importance of the still life, identify value of time, circumstance, and to encourage humorous encounters within our implied secrets of daily modern life.
Addie Wagenknecht is the recipient of a 2014 Warhol Foundation Grant, which she used to found Deep Lab, a collaborative group of researchers, artists, writers, engineers, and cultural producers. Wagenknecht is represented by bitforms gallery in New York City.
2. Marina Zurkow, Una Chaudhuri, Fritz Earth, Oliver Kellhammer, BF32: LESS IS MORE THAN EVER 2017 Dear Climate, scalable vector printable PDF.
This is a new unreleased poster dedicated to Eyebeam. It will be released next spring on dearclimate.net along with four new audio meditations and multiple agit-prop posters. These posters can be printed at any size.
Marina Zurkow is a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow and has recently shown work at SF MOMA, Walker Art Center, Wave Hill, and the National Museum for Women in the Arts. She is represented by bitforms gallery in New York City.
3. Colin Self, Vocal Test XI, Vocal Test, XII Vocal Test XIV, Vocal Test MMXV, audio tracks. (Image Object, Mehron Abdollmohammadi, Colin Self)
These are previously unreleased tracks from Colin Self. Four tracks in total created during and around his Eyebeam residency.
Colin Self is an artist currently based in New York and Berlin. He composes and choreographs music, performance, and environments for expanding consciousness, troubling binaries and boundaries of perception and communication.
4. Mushon Zer-Aviv, Permanent Borders, Printable PDF.
This poster is an attempt by Mushon Zer-Aviv to track the ever-changing geographical shape of the state of Israel. The title reads “Permanent Borders” which is the only way to describe Israel’s constantly shifting instable borders (political, social, cultural).
5. Mattia Casalegno, Pomegranates, Grapes and Seashells, audiovisual tryptic. 5 editions
In this work Mattia Casalegno plays homage to the visual art tradition of “still life” by leveraging the emergent representational technology of photogrammetry, a technique normally used for topological surveys. 3 artworks included. View samples here, here and here.
Mattia Casalegno is an Italian interdisciplinary artist, live-media performer and installation artist working in a broad range of media. He is recipient of a Center for Cultural Innovation and a Young Italian Network Grant as well as winner of Electrowave in 2003 and finalist to the New Technological Art Awards in 2014.
6. Joshue Ott, variant:flare, variant:blue, and variant:cascade, App downloads.
variant:flare, variant:blue, and variant:cascade are audiovisual artworks that create beautiful, ever-changing music and imagery. These apps combine user input and built-in randomness to create images and music that will continually change, grow and evolve, offering a new and different experience every time.
7. Kenneth Kirschner, The Complete 12k Albums, audio tracks.
This reward by composer Kenneth Kirschner consists of his complete catalog of solo albums from the record label 12k, available as Bandcamp downloads in all major digital formats. The collection includes "September 19, 1998 et al." (2003), the 2-CD set "Filaments & Voids" (2008), the 3-CD set "Twenty Ten" (2011), and the nearly 7-hour extended physical/digital album "Compressions & Rarefactions" (2015), for a total of over 12 hours of music. Special thanks to 12k Records for their generosity in this contribution.
Kenneth Kirschner is a New York based composer whose durational works challenge the form of modern compositions.
8. Morehshin Allahyari, Huma: She Who Sees The Unknown, limited edition GIF from video, 2017
SHE WHO SEES THE UNKNOWN is an in progress body of work on Digital Colonialism and re-Figuring as a Feminism and activism practice, using 3D scanners and 3D printers as my tools of investigation. Researching dark goddesses, monstrous, and djinn female figures of Middle-Eastern origin, Morehshin explores the symbolic meanings behind traditions and myths and speculate on the effects of colonialism and other forms of contemporary oppression.
Morehshin Allahyari is an artist, activist, educator, and occasional curator. She is the recipient of the leading global thinkers of 2016 award by Foreign Policy magazine.
“Eyebeam has given us the impetus and the institutional support we needed to move our project forward. We couldn’t have moved so fast and gotten this kind of attention without it." — Kenneth Kirschner
Note: After the campaign you will get a survey to pick your preferred work. Limited editions so get in quick!
What is Eyebeam?
Eyebeam is a nonprofit studio for collaborative experiments with technology toward a more imaginative and just world. By providing generous support to artists for research, production and education, Eyebeam makes ideas real.
We believe in technology by artists, because, to quote Eyebeam resident alum Ramsey Nasser, “technological problems become human problems, and that’s why we need Eyebeam”.
Founded in 1997 by John S. Johnson, Eyebeam was the very first critical space of its kind: a place to think creatively about how technology was transforming our society. Eyebeam has given time, space and money to artists whose work has shaped our world – including the first-ever social sharing tool ReBlog, electronic toys startup littleBits, and the pioneering net art of Cory Arcangel. Everything is guided by a focus on Eyebeam’s core values: openness, invention and justice.
“Eyebeam really challenged me to think, to stimulate larger areas of thinking and really have to answer questions… arrive to something that has more depth to it, and to communicate what I am thinking, and I thought this was fantastic… The support of everyone was unbelievable.” - Ursula Endlicher, resident 2017
Thanks so much to everyone who helped bring this campaign together, the wonderful staff and board at Eyebeam, our amazing interns, Eyebeam alums, and, of course all the contributors.
Special thanks to all the Eyebeam alums who contributed to the campaign and help consult on the process. Particularly Ramsey Nasser for his wonderful words in our video. We could not have done it without all of you!
And thanks to filmmaker Dyani Douze for bringing together a great video.
Risks and challenges
Our new space is going to take some time to bring together because it's being developed bespoke for Eyebeam's usage. One hundred year old buildings take a while to renovate. But we are confident by November 30 we will have a great space for our opening party.
We anticipate no foreseeable challenges in the rewards being delivered. All our rewards have already been secured straight from Eyebeam HQ and our alums.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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