JUNE 16, 2009 8PM – Midnight EYEBEAM, 540 W. 21ST ST., NYC
PARTICIPATION REQUIRED: On June 16, 8 – 12AM join the creative process with glam cocktails, tasty food, deadly “big-yard” music, and a preview of the latest in art and technology. The Eyebeam Benefit is your chance to meet our all-star cast of contemporary artists and creative technologists, hob-knob with other like-minded creatives in our unique warehouse venue, and contribute to one of the most innovative art centers in North America, and arguably the most original in the world. All proceeds benefit Eyebeam educational programming, residencies and fellowships.
Carmen Trudell and Jennifer Broutin, NYC-based architects, have designed a DIY device that can be attached to any swinging door as a closure assembly to locally capture and redistribute energy. At Eyebeam they will continue this research to harness human energy by creating a prototype that intervenes with people and architecture at an urban scale. The project’s goals are to increase the quantity of energy obtainable, engage in the larger discussion of sustainability and communicate the potential of human and technological participation in energy production and consumption.
Artists have set out to start a window farm craze in NYC. Britta and Rebecca will work with agricultural, architectural and other specialists to create high-profile prototype window farms and means for sharing design ideas to meet varying local situations around the city. This project fits within the larger context of the artists' collaborative work: crowdsourced R&D solutions for environmental issues. Their inspiration for community involvement derives from concepts of local production (think of the coming network of 3-D multi-material printers), mass customization, and mass collaboration enabled by Web 2.0.
Benton-C Bainbridge is an artist based in The Bronx and Nashville working with video as a painterly and performable medium. Benton-C’s media art is made with custom systems of his own design. Bainbridge has presented video as immersive environments and live compositions across 5 continents, collaborating with scores of artists around the world.