Our Newest Residents: Technology's Expanded Narrative

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In the past years, Eyebeam has ignited the careers of over 300 visionary creators in emerging technology and art. As a groundbreaking incubator for creative and critical innovators at the forefront of emerging practice, Eyebeam this year brings in 16 artists and technologists – more than ever before – joining continuing residents in a wide range of disciplines, to develop seminal projects which propel creation of new digital tools and to engage emerging trends in technology and culture.

Eyebeam’s Creative Residency Program celebrates the creation of game changing platforms such as alum Zach Lieberman's co-development of OpenFrameworks, now a standard platform for programmers working artistically with code. In 2008, Research Resident Ayah Bdeir developed the prototype for littleBits, an open source platform of modular electronics connected by magnets. Since its debut at Eyebeam, littleBits has now become one of the fastest growing New York based tech startups.

This season Eyebeam will provide:

  • $25,000 in grants
  • 24/7 access to its studios, fabrication lab, and communal working environment with other Project and Research Residents
  • Full staff dedication to technical and other inquiries, promotion and exposure to new audiences
  • An established connection to its robust community of alumni and supporters

Its new light-filled Industry City studio provides a perfect environment for intensive R&D and creation by Eyebeam’s new Project Residents throughout the Fall and Winter of 2015: 

  • Brendan Byrne + Bryan Ma collaborate to develop Theseus, an open source software platform to design patch cable-based modular electronic instruments.
  • Tal Danino is developing painting and printing methods for living microorganisms to explore the connection between microbes and human identity. 
  • Nancy Diniz investigates extensions of our body as space envelopes inferring a methodology that maps both body signals and environmental data.
  • Annelie Koller develops natural biopolymers for 3D printing, such as mycelium and algae.
  • Niko Koppel will map NYPD photos of sites of murders or police-related shootings onto a 3D environment which allows a viewer to step beyond the yellow tape into the crime scene.
  • Kenneth Kirschner and Joshue Ott, in a joint residency between Eyebeam and Times Square Arts, continue to develop a smartphone app which transforms how one sees and hears Times Square and other urban places.
  • Pamela Liou’s Dot-Matrix Printer, an open-source, networked loom sets the stage for a cottage industry of independent small-batch textile producers.
  • Ayodamola Okunseinde + Salome Asega plan to archive the technological artifacts of future African cultures.
  • Jackie Sumell, Ron Morrison, Imani Jacqueline Brown + Abigail Phillips will produce an open-source platform for exchanges between prisoners in long-term solitary confinement and un-incarcerated volunteers.
  • Richard The + Frédéric Eyl will research the cultural history of image resolution, and create a fractal-like process that seamlessly resolves one image into another depending on a viewer’s distance.

Eyebeam’s call this year elicited fantastic proposals that challenged its judges in their selection. The jury was comprised of Nancy Nowacek (2015-16 Research Resident), Torkwase Dyson (2015-16 Research Resident), Erica Kermani (Eyebeam Dir. of Comm. Engagement), David Park (Dean of Strategic Initiatives at Columbia University), Aaron Straup Cope (Head of Engineering at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian National Design Museum), Addie Wagenknecht and Marisa Jahn (Eyebeam alumni), and Roddy Schrock (Eyebeam Director).

Creative developments in technology do not arise in a vacuum — through Eyebeam’s support of presentations panels, exhibitions, workshops and other educational programs, these selected projects have a solid platform to make a real world impact.

Niko Koppel

Tal Danino in collaboration with Anicka Yi, You Can Call me F, 2015
Photo credit: Jason Mandella, The Kitchen

Pamela Liou, Doti: The Dot Matrix Loom, 2015
Photo credit: Nate Silva