You may have heard the term RFID and possibly even brought one home unknowingly. But what exactly is a Radio Frequency Identification tag? Why are Wal-Mart, the Department of Defense and the Food & Drug Administration sinking big bucks into these little chips and paving the way for mass implementation?

After a brief overview of the technology and its related issues, each participant will receive a Zapped! RFID workbook. Participate in one of several hands-on exercises. You can to build your own RFID keychain detector that will ring, vibrate or light up when a RFID reader is within range and scanning the airwaves for data. Or program a RFID tag to "talk back" to a RFID reader that you may uncover with your Zapped! keychain.

Project Created: 
July 2005
Start Date: 
1 Jul 2005

Miditron workshop led by Eric Singer. Learn to create sensor interfaces to extend and control your Max/MSP/Jitter performance environment, or any other software that accepts MIDI data as controllers. Instead of building everything from scratch, students will work with Eric Singer's Miditron to start with sensors right away.

Eric Singer's MidiTron is a MIDI to real-world interface designed to simplify the process of creating sensor and robotics based electronic art projects. It is easily user configurable and provides 20 terminals of digital and analog inputs and outputs in any combination.


Image courtesy of Electronic Art Intermix

Nam June Paik and Jud Yalkut

1966-72, 1992, 2:59 min, color, sound

Part of a collection of restored early works by Nam June Paik, the haunting Beatles Electronique reveals Paik's engagement with manipulation of pop icons and electronic images. Snippets of footage from A Hard Day's Night are countered with Paik's early electronic processing.

Project Created: 
October 1966

“By connecting electrodes and radio antennas to the nervous systems of beetles, the researchers were able to make them take off, dive and turn on command. The cyborg insects were created at the University of California, Berkeley, by engineers led by Hirotaka Sato and Michel Maharbiz as part of a programme funded by the Pentagon’s Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).” - new scientist

It’s stunningly similar to pulse based microcomputing.


littleBits launch party and exhibition opening

littleBits is a growing library of preassembled circuit boards, made easy by tiny magnets

Opening: Thursday, April 30, 2009; 6PM – 9PM
Eyebeam: 540 W. 21st St. (btw 10th and 11th Aves.)

6PM: littleSneak: press preview
7PM: littleGeek: talk by Ayah Bdeir
7:30PM: bigLaunch: party

Exhibition was on view at Eyebeam April 30 - May 16, 2009

Crave creativity? Make something! Join us for the official product launch of littleBits at Eyebeam.

Group Members: 

LoVid is Tali Hinkis and Kyle Lapidus. Using homemade electronic devices and DIY sculptural instruments, LoVid overwhelms the senses with new media in their performances, videos, objects and installations. LoVid has toured the US and Europe extensively performing at Eyebeam, Harvestworks, Boley, Max Protetch, Eyedrum, NY Underground Film Festival, Look and Listen Festival, Kraak(3) Festival, Lokaal01, Lumen and Futuresonic Festival, among many others. LoVid has exhibited at COCA Seattle, Sotheby's, SOUTHFIRST, Happy Lion, Institute of Contemporary Art London and The New Museum of Contemporary Art. LoVid is currently artist in residence at Eyebeam and has been selected as artist in residence at Harvestworks and iEAR, as well as being nominated Free103Point9 transmission artist. A DVD of LoVid recordings made during a residency at Experimental TV Center has recently been released on CollectivEye.

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