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Everyone says SF isn’t what it was. Everyone says the past five years have changed the city tremendously. Saito sees the city floating above the earth— above the attacks in Paris, above the refugee crisis in Europe, yet also somehow acutely responsive (evasive?). Nonetheless, the city cannot escape its own internal crisis: housing crisis (identity crisis?). Middle income families can’t afford it. Long-term residents are leaving. The homeless are being pushed onto Market St., onto the doorstep of some of the world’s largest tech companies, who are content to surveil and monitor, but not intervene.


Saito Group is a current Eyebeam + BuzzFeed fellow in the Open Lab in San Francisco. Opened in October of this year, this space is a site for exploration into new hardware and software tools for use by media. Saito Group's project focuses on making online sentiment into physical experiences—this is their first blog post of several accounting for their journey.

 To get to the Open Lab, Saito drove across the country. On the way, Saito saw the contrast between the cities and neighborhoods that were implementing digital infrastructure and those that weren’t. Now, Saito’s in San Francisco, walking down Market Street, unavoidably confronted by the disparity between the tech workers, those who cater to them and the homeless.

People: Saito Group


Eyebeam in Objects featuring new work by Eyebeam artists

Upfor Gallery, Portland, OR
September 3 - October 10 2015 

Since 1997, New York-based Eyebeam has actively provided support for and exposure of projects that critically engage with emerging technology and crack it open in unexpected ways.

This exhibition opening 3 September at Portland's Upfor Gallery is curated by Eyebeam’s Director, Roddy Schrock, who is challenging some of Eyebeam’s most forward-looking and adventurous alumni working in areas ranging from conceptual to sound arts, to render their work into object form.



Igniting critical, urgent, and engaged practice

We are pleased to announce our Fall/Winter 2015 Project Residency Call.  Eyebeam will provide up to 10 residencies this cycle. 

All applications must be received by 12PM (noon) EST on June 26, 2015. Applicants will be informed of their application status by August 17, 2015.

Please read the full Project Residency call here.

FAQ for applicants





Today, we’re announcing a new journalism fellowship, in partnership with BuzzFeed. We're thrilled that they came to us to support this new initiative. It’s a very exciting opportunity for the right person to develop new work around citizen journalism techniques that shape the way news is created, consumed, and distributed.

The partnership continues Eyebeam illustrious history of supporting work that values openness, open source technology, and courage around art and technology. Eyebeam believes in supporting projects that change the culture for the better.


create objects and prototypes from 2d and 3d computer files

Laser Cutters
Universal Laser Systems X2-660 and v460 120 watt and 60 watt CO2 lasers

Cuts or etches acrylic, wood, cork, paper, cardboard, leather up ½ inch thickness, marks glass or stone for etching. Work from  2 dimensional vector graphics files (.ai, .eps, .dxf, .dwg, .svg, etc).  Has an 18 x 32 inch honeycomb bed in one, a 18 x 24 bed in the other. Can be used in a 2 step process to produce thin metal parts.

Plastic Extrusion 3d Printer
Makerbot Z18 Fused Deposition Modeler

Prints 3-d objects by melting plastic and extruding models layer by layer. The main selling point of the Z18 is a large working area of 11.8 x 12 x 18 inches. It’s max resolution is .1 mm, and it prints PLA plastic, which is available in many colors, although you can only print one at a time. Prints from common 3d files (.stl, .obj )


In the past 18 years, Eyebeam has ignited the careers of nearly 300 visionary creators in emerging technologies and artistic practice. Today we are announcing a refocus on our primary mission: to support the next generation of artists, engineers, thinkers and makers who are not only building the future but are critically engaging with and creating its tools, working for a positive impact in the world.

As Eyebeam's new Director, Roddy Schrock is making his key focus the development of the strongest creative studio for emerging practice in the world, utilizing and building from his experience of having run Eyebeam’s Residencies. Eyebeam is using this opportunity to drill down on how we can even more actively fuse creative practices from a wide spectrum. We are refreshing and re-centering on what we do best, in a focused and urgent way.


Eyebeam is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2015 Awards: Celebrating Creativity and Courage in Art & Technology: Ayah Bdeir and Trevor Paglen.

Ayah Bdeir is being honored for enabling current and future generations to easily explore technology's creative potential and Trevor Paglen for helping citizens understand the profound magnitude of digital surveillance through a variety of media. Together, their creative and provocative work demystifies public understanding of technology.


Eyebeam is pleased to announce that resident Joanne McNeil and collaborator Dan Phiffer are winners of the Digital Media and Learning Competition’s Trust Challenge. The Trust Challenge seeks solutions to issues of trust, privacy, and safety in connected learning today. McNeil and Phiffer’s proposal “OurNet: Building Trusted Network Infrastructures for Youth” was chosen from a competitive pool of contestants.


In light of tectonic shifts in the overlap between art, culture and technology in recent years, Eyebeam threw open its Residency Program to practitioners whose visionary work is not hemmed in by genre or medium but can flourish through technological savvy.

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