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A 10-year Retrospective of Programming, Eyebeam Style
Since 1997, artists, programmers, hackers, activists, technologists, kids and adults have come to Eyebeam to share ideas, find collaborators, experiment with new tools and create new work. The projects in Source Code – the first of three exhibitions presenting the very best of creative exploration at Eyebeam – frame technologies, generate new processes and offer the audience a platform to contemplate the impact of technology on everyday life.
This exhibition marks the organization’s unique role in supporting artists experimenting with or critically examining the impact of new technologies in cultural production. The institution’s multiple channels of support include artist residencies, yearlong fellowships and commissions.
Source Code refers to the human-readable instructions used in computer programming that must be translated to machine-language in order to be executed; it also refers to the roots, or ‘source code’ of Eyebeam’s own origins. The works in the exhibition share the conceit of being parameter-based in that their conceptual thrust relies on fixed conventions, methodologies or formal constraints which generate and transform meaning.
Artists in Source Code: Cory Arcangel, Jonah Brucker-Cohen, Carrie Dashow, eteam, Nina Katchadourian, Steve Lambert, Jennifer and Kevin McCoy, MediaShed, MTAA, Mark Napier, neuroTransmitter, RSG