A Guide to Democracy in America gathers more than 100 artists, cultural critics, and activists to reflect on the historical roots and current manifestations of democracy in the United States. This essential document includes: writing and artwork by Liam Gillick, Sharon Hayes, Jenny Holzer, Emily Jacir, Matt Keegan, Jon Kessler, Rodney McMillian & Olga Koumoundouros, Paul Ramírez Jonas, Steve Powers, Mark Tribe, and many others; comprehensive essays by Yates McKee, Doug Ashford of Group Material, and Nato Thompson; and interviews with Critical Art Ensemble’s Steve Kurtz, Rene Gabri & Ayreen Anastas, and Trevor Paglen; as well as a series town hall–style conversations with artists and activists from five cities across the country.
Trevor Paglen presented his projects and collaborations, which included his current Eyebeam commission. Joined by the Eyebeam Production Fellows, Jeff Crouse, Evan Harper, Geraldine Juárez and Chris Sugrue, his collaborators on his commissioned piece with Eyebeam, Paglen detailed the project and progress to date.
What is the Eco-Vis Challenge? Not only is there an environmental crisis, but an environmental data crisis. Viewing statistics on environmental change is usually overwhelming, unintelligible, hidden and dense. Eyebeam invited artists to collaborate with technologists to redefine what the future of tracking and visualizing the environment could be.
Eyebeam hosted a public critique for the Eco-Vis Challenge submissions as part of the Upgrade! series of public programming.
A distinguished panel of New York-based artists and designers discussed what role an art and technology center can play in raising public awareness on environmental issues, and how visualizing environmental data can address the crisis. The guest critics not only dicussed their criteria for a useful, engaging, and successful visualization project, but were available to give in-depth feedback to the Eco-Vis Challenge participants. Panelists included: Michael Mandiberg, Natalie Jeremijemko, Zach Lieberman, and Upgrade! member Mushon Zer-Aviv.