Eyebeam Off-The-Grid Exhibition
Opening Saturday, 6 September 12:00PM-5:00PM
Exhibition open thru 28 September, Friday-Sunday, 12:00PM-5:00PM
Eyebeam artists are presenting work in an environment that feels as though it is from another era. Eyebeam Off-The-Grid, on Governors Island, is an exhibition to critically investigate cultural change and emergent technologies within a situation far outside the urban comfort zone of wired high-speed life. The island is without a dedicated internet connection or much cell phone coverage and is accessed only by ferries which run on the hour. It is the perfect place for Eyebeam to go unplugged!
Solar Day is a sculptural installation by Torkwase Dyson addressing the intersection of and mutual relationship between sunlight, interior architecture, space, belonging, and periodicity. Site-specifically located in a mildly sunlit room with east facing bay windows, Dyson experiments with the physical phenomenological conditions of the sun’s behavior during 20 solar days.
LittleNets is a show of alternative networks, offering different ways of being and making online. Rather than wire Eyebeam’s temporary Governor’s Island space with internet access, LittleNets sets up site-specific mesh networks with things that might be useful to have on a remote island–-simple communication tools, artworks, and games. Visitors to the island can view and contribute content to these networks. LittleNets will also host workshops to teach people about different kinds of networks and how to build them (dates to follow).
Marisa draws on the site-specific context of Governors Island’s history as a former military base, fusing it with the history of personal entertainment technology’s origin as (de)militarized inventions. This intervention will play out in two forms, firstly by echoing the dystopian fantasy of the deserted island by creating a micro-flotilla of defunct & discarded electronic equipment meant to resemble the floating landfills these previously-beloved tv’s and boomboxes would otherwise occupy. The sculpture will be accompanied by a mobile photo series entitled “Rescue Complex,” capturing the often uncannily delicate mise-en-scene of technology abandoned on the streets of New York.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
September 6, 12-3pm
Subnodes workshop with Sarah Grant. The Subnodes project is an open source initiative focused on streamlining the process of setting up a Raspberry Pi as a wireless access point for distributing content, media, and shared digital experiences.
September 20, 12-3pm
occupy.here workshop with Dan Phiffer. Occupy.here is a project designed to be replicated: purchase a supported wifi router, download the software, and follow the DIY guide to create a new open wifi network, OCCUPY.HERE.
September 27, 12pm
Talk by Aaron Straup Cope: this is my brick / there are many like it but this one is mine. Aaron is currently Senior Engineer (Internets and the Computers) at the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. He spends a lot of time thinking about archiving social software and looking glass archives, in the form the Parallel Flickr and Privatesquare projects.