After School Atelier - Fall 2005

Event Type: 
programming series
Event Type: 
youth program
Start Date: 
1 Oct 2005 - 31 Dec 2005
Programming Series: 
After School Atelier

After-School Atelier (ASA) is a semester-long program that provides NYC public high school and middle school students the opportunity to work in a studio environment and develop new media art projects under the guidance of Eyebeam's Teaching Artists. Students work on independent and collaborative projects using digital video or sound, robotics, circuitry, and/or web programming with the selected Teaching Artists, professional mentors, education staff and their peers.

ASA Fall 2005

High School
Hypercity Vlog: Imaginary Cities and Utopian Practices in Multimedia

Teaching Artist: Antonio Lopez

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This program exposed students to various media practices from pre-technological oral cultures to the present digital media environment through a group project that enabled students to report from a Utopian future hypercity using a video Web log (Vlog). The objective was to use a media ecology approach to help students understand how communication tools both shape and reflect cultural practices. A scaffold approach to media ecology embodied within it both deconstruction and production media skills.

Background: Though we see Utopian visions everyday in advertising, in the "real" world Utopia remains an illusive goal. Yet many on-line artists and community networks are creating and promoting new technology as a path to a Utopian society. Is this true? To answer this question it is necessary to excavate how past communication technologies influence Utopian concepts. By learning about various modes of communication (text, oral, time, space, networked) and how they influence our perception of the world (and future), students will explore various media practices that will be combined in a final project, documenting a Utopian future through available communications technology.

Teaching Artist Bio:
Antonio López's goal as an educator, journalist, media producer and speaker is to bridge worlds—mental, cultural, physical and spiritual ( López is an expert on media, culture, Native American and Latino issues. López was a content provider for a groundbreaking Spanish language media and health CDROM produced by the New Mexico Media Literacy Project, Medios y Remedios. Currently he is a nationally syndicated editorial writer for the Progressive Media Project's Latino Voices series. He teaches and trains instructors in outreach, media production and media literacy, specializing in rural communities. He's written for LA Weekly, Frontera, Hispanic Magazine, Urban Latino, Southwest Art, El Andar, In These Times, New Mexico Magazine, Native Peoples, Tricycle and Punk Planet. He was a staff arts writer for Santa Fe's daily newspaper, The New Mexican and the Albuquerque Journal. He received professional training at the Center for Investigative Reporting in San Francisco, and earned his BA in Peace and Conflict Studies at UC Berkeley and MA in Media Studies at the New School University. His artistic collaborations include the multimedia outfit, My Country of Illusion ( His radio art pieces and experimental video have been featured at numerous festivals.


Middle School
Teaching Artist: Lafiya Watson
Participating School: Institute for Collaborative Education (ICE)

Everyone has had perceptions and labels placed upon them, and oftentimes those labels are wrong. It is especially frustrating to deal with false perceptions when one is still in the process of figuring out his/her identity. Through a series of web art projects using Flash (online animation software) and Photoshop, this class gave students a chance to address and debunk those perceptions placed upon them, as well as embrace and create their own true sense of identity.

Teaching Artist Bio:
Lafiya Watson is a recent graduate of Long Island University’s Interactive Multimedia Art masters program. She is a freelance web designer and photographer, whose work weaves elements of comic and cartoon influences. Her primary web clientele are jazz musicians including: Horizon, the 29th street saxophone Quartet, and Michele Rosewoman. Her work has been shown in various galleries, jazz publications, and on television during a BET documentary about jazz musician, Bobby Watson. Aside from her art career, Lafiya also has experience working with kids, most recently working several years with lower to middle schoolers at an afterschool program at P.S.137.