NEW WORK: Eternal Portraits
Facebook uses face recognition software to identify its users in photos. This works via a ‘template’ of your facial features that is created from your profile images. These features — the distance between your eyes, the symmetry of your mouth — generally do not change over time. Unlike a photograph, which captures some ephemeral expression of who you are at a particular moment, a face recognition template forever remains your portrait.
In preparation for EyeBeam’s latest Computational Fashion exhibition, Kaho’s custom-built game dome took a trip from the Game Innovation Lab in Brooklyn all the way out to it’s new home at Eyebeam, in Manhattan. Despite the size of the dome, the process of taking down and then reconstructing the dome is quite simple! The dome itself is one large piece of fabric (formerly 3 pieces) sewn together by Kaho, a set of tent poles, a lightweight rope, and a dome-shaped mirror to properly size the images coming from the projector. The dome is held up by standard tent poles organized into “ribs” and “spines.” The dome has three spines running from top to bottom and six ribs running from side to side. Tent poles fit into nice little sleeves (or, seams, I guess) along the dome, and they slide in and out of the sleeves just like normal tent poles would on a normal tent. Deconstruction: This process was relatively quick, especially once we got the hang of bending the tent poles.
A letter from Eyebeam's Executive Director, Pat Jones:
Dear Eyebeam supporters,
Today, Eyebeam is kicking off our annual year-end fundraiser and we are asking for your support as we enter the next exciting chapter in the organization’s history.
PRISM Break Up
October 3-6, 2013
New York, NY
Request for Proposals
DEADLINE: MIDNIGHT August 25
On October 3-6, 2013, Eyebeam Art and Technology Center will host the first event of its kind PRISM Break Up, a series of art and technology events dedicated to exploring and providing forms of protection from overreaching surveillance. The gathering will bring together a wide spectrum of artists, hackers, academics, activists, security analysts and journalists for a long weekend of meaningful conversation, hands-on workshops and art installations.
Why does it matter?