Eyebeam is pleased to announce the appointment of Zoë Salditch as Communications Director, beginning August 2013. Zoë will be joining us from Rhizome, a nonprofit organization affiliated with the New Museum that is dedicated to emerging artistic practices that engage technology. As Rhizome’s Program Director, Zoë oversaw and produced key programs and events, including the Commissions Program, The Download, and the annual Seven on Seven Conference. We welcome her onboard, as an experienced and knowledgeable member of the media arts community, and we look forward to her contributions to Eyebeam’s growing presence within the international fields of art and technology.
I am excited to participate in the Eyebeam annual showcase, opening Thursday! They are moving from a twice a year open studios show to a once a year retrospective of the work of residents and fellows from the past year. It is a great group of artists and looks like it will be a fantastic show.
I will be showing the latest developments in my Stranger Visions project, unveiling the first portrait derived from found material as well as a video documenting the process.
While I do tend to like foreign films and independent films most, I have always had a soft spot for action films, even the gratuitously violent ones. No matter how fantastical or b-class it might be, I find myself jumping in my seat, cringing, cheering for the good guy and on occasion covering my mouth in disbelief. I am a sucker for this stuff, no doubt. When I designed Hit Me! I was looking for inspiration — anything — with the idea in mind that I wanted to create a game that was intense and exciting — not just to play but also to watch. I went through my mental rolodex of action film memories, and stopped at Jean Claude Van Damme’s Lionheart. I studied games such as Twister, Sumo and Fencing for inspiration too, but at the end the fight scenes from Lionheart had a big influence on the game.
I am very happy to report that I am featured in this week’s science magazine! The magazine isn’t freely available online but I am posting just the little section on me here in case anyone is interested in reading it!
Facing the Genetic Future
Sitting in a therapist’s office, New York City artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg discovered a hair
lodged in a crack in the glass covering a painting on the wall. “I stared at it for an hour,”
she says. “I couldn’t stop wondering who it belonged to, and what I could find out about
After reading a story in Science about the new field of forensic DNA phenotyping