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Quanta Resources Superfund, Bergen County, NJ

In 2007 Brooke Singer produced an online data visualization site, Superfund365 (www.superfund365.org), exhibited at Eyebeam in 2008 as part of the Feedback exhibition.  The project and web site highlighted a different Superfund site or the worst contaminated sites as designated by the EPA each day for a year. Currently she is working on a photography and book project drawing from that large online archive and her experiences visiting communities across the nation affected by Superfund. She is choosing which sites to photograph with her large format camera for a variety of reasons: the site has a fascinating history, a site’s stakeholders are in contention over its future use, a site’s history is exemplary of how places become contaminated or a site appears anything but toxic. Sometimes an eloquent user contribution to the online archive compels a visit.

Project Created: 
December 2010
Book Details
Hardcover, 320 pages
Publication Date: 
October 2009
Media Theory
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Photography Degree Zero, the first anthology of writings on Camera Lucida, goes beyond the usual critical orthodoxies to offer a range of perspectives on Barthes's important book.

Photography Degree Zero (the title links Barthes's first book, Writing Degree Zero, to his last, Camera Lucida) includes essays written soon after Barthes's book appeared as well as more recent rereadings of it, some previously unpublished. The contributors' approaches range from psychoanalytical (in an essay drawing on the work of Lacan) to Buddhist (in an essay that compares the photographic flash to the mystic's light of revelation); they include a history of Barthes's writings on photography and an account of Camera Lucida and its reception; two views of the book through the lens of race; and a provocative essay by Michael Fried and two responses to it.


Arash Nassiri is an artist and student from Paris, studying embedded/object oriented programming in the Visual Communication Department of Berlin University of the Arts. At Eyebeam he is working with the program staff in realizing presentations and documentation and with artists on production of projects.

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My good friend and colleague, Wafaa Bilal, will be speaking this Wednesday at the San Francisco Art Institute. I’d highly recommend the talk.


You might remember him from the “Shoot an Iraqi” project where he lived in a gallery for a month and had a paint ball gun setup to point at him. You could shoot him with the gun for $1 (I couldn’t resist spending a couple bucks).

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If you do any sort of creative work you will almost inevitably hit a wall at some point. Ideas are few and far between and the ones that come just don’t seem to cut it.

Everyone has a different method for working through this, but Alex Cornell over at ISO 50 asked twenty five artists to talk about what they do when they can’t seem to do anything right. You can check out the responses (and respond yourself) here.

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Jörg M. Colberg, an accomplished astrophysicist and photographer, created a series of images entitled "American Pixels" in which he applied a self-made compression algorithm to photographs, turning them into artworks of the digital age.

But Colberg's works aren't just commentaries on the state of images in an age of lossy file types. He designed his own compression algorithm that responds uniquely to the contents of each photograph.

For Colberg, the compression becomes part of the creative progress. He explains:

A computer that creates a jpeg does not know anything about the contents of the image: It does what it is told, in a uniform manner across the image.


Burtynsky’s work is a powerful indictment of capitalism’s effects on our planet. With striking compositions of mass production, strip-mining and congested highways, taken from a aerial point-of-view, his photographs are both disgusting and aesthetically beautiful.edward-burtynsky-oil

In his TED talk here, he speaks about the tension between the depressing content and the sheet beauty of his work, directing the viewer away from a didactic dialogue about human effect on the planet and instead infiltrating our artistic sensibilities with environmental issues.

Image courtesy of V2 Institute for the Unstable Media

Dirk Paesmans was born in Brussels in 1965. Together with Joan Heemskerk he forms the artist collective JODI. Before they decided to "specialize" in the Internet, they worked together to create videos.

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2009FExhibiting Artist
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image courtesy of V2 Institute for the Unstable Media


Joan Heemskerk was born in Kaatsheuvel, the Netherlands in 1968. She studied photography, before she formed together with Dirk Paesmans, the artist collective Jodi.


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2009FExhibiting Artist
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Lafiya Watson is a recent graduate of Long Island University’s Interactive Multimedia Art masters program. She is a freelance web designer and photographer, whose work weaves elements of comic and cartoon influences. Her primary web clientele are jazz musicians including: Horizon, the 29th street saxophone Quartet, and Michele Rosewoman. Her work has been shown in various galleries, jazz publications, and on television during a BET documentary about jazz musician, Bobby Watson. Lafiya also has experience working with kids, most recently working several years with lower to middle schoolers at an afterschool program at P.S.137.

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2005FTeaching Artist
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