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In the summer of 1781, James Armistead Lafayette was the sneakiest man in America.  He earned this dubious distinction providing intelligence.  Against impossible odds, James succeeded, liberating our insurgent forefathers from the British Empire.  Spook™ is a multimedia installation project, in-progress, based on James’ true story as a double-agent for America’s first Director of Central Intelligence, George Washington.

The installation "Spook™ Experiment" will consist of numerous elements:  HD video production equipment; Documentary 18th century images, hand-made forensic, drawings, reconstructions & abstractions;  the screenplay “In Spook’s Clothing" (© armstead 2007) and research documents.  These media items will be staged as a film set.  This life-sized tableau, handmade, drawn and constructed by the artist, will render an immersive abstraction of the espionage landscape that James navigated.  The constructed space will be flexible and extensible, allowing the artist to stage espionage happenings.

The espionage happenings of "Spook™ Experiment" will be scheduled events.  Using the feature length screenplay "In Spook’s Clothing," professional actors, passersby and museum visitors will reenact James' historic achievements by reading for the role of James or George Washington, if they choose.  They may choose any scene or the artist may suggest one.

Spook™: Experiment integrates actors and regular people into the same, free form cattle-call process and film production.  It dissolves the American Revolution’s mythology and replaces it with a serial act; hundred’s of people, inhabiting James' peculiar role, an invisible agent, in the midst of a bloody insurgency.

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Over a period of 26 days from 12 – 6PM, using a treadmill customized for cyberspace, Eyebeam 2008 Commissioned Artist Joseph DeLappe will reenact Mahatma Gandhi’s famous 1930s Salt March, a 240-mile protest in response to the British salt tax, live and in Second Life, the Internet-based virtual world.

For this performance, DeLappe will be physically walking on a converted treadmill the entire 240 miles of the original march.­ His steps on the treadmill, which will control the forward movement of his avatar in the online world,­ will both be physically and virtually reenacting this seminal march of protest.

Others are invited and encouraged to join the walk with him online in Second Life. Visit DeLappe's website for daily start locations, updates and information regarding the project: http://www.delappe.net

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The clown ride begins at 2:30PM at 73 Morton St. btw. Greenwich St. and Hudson Ave., and will end at Eyebeam at 4PM, where we invite you to join us for a toast to celebrate NYC’s new bike lanes. For more info visit http://times-up.org/index.php?page=bike-lane-liberation.

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What if walls could breathe? On Saturday, March 29, 2008, Eyebeam presented a panel and showcase on architecture and sustainability as part of its Feedback exhibition.

In the past 15 years, some of the most vibrant experiments in architecture have used computer technologies to:

  1. develop new types of geometries, with curves, facets, and non-standard shapes
  2. fabricate architectural elements directly from digital files without working drawings.

Recently, some architects have been using new technologies to explore and realize radically different kinds of spaces that respond to their environment in real time: responsive kinetic architecture.

The Living (architects David Benjamin and Soo-in Yang) showcased the work of graduate and undergraduate students in their Columbia University and Pratt Institute classes on responsive kinetic architecture. Chris Garvin, AIA LEED AP of Cook + Fox Architects and partner at Terrapin Bright Green, Elisabeth Thompson, Executive Director of the Buckminster Fuller Institute, and Jonathan Marvel, partner at Rogers Marvel Architects discussed the state of environmental practice in building and design.

 


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They Were Here was a site-specific installation by Addie Wagenknecht, Production Lab Fellow, installed on April 3, 2008, in the Northwest corner of Clement Clarke Moore Park, located at 22nd and 10th Aves.

A flock of stark, white, static two-dimensional birds inhabited a tree. The birds’ physical negatives were modeled on the actual species that once inhabited Manhattan. According to a recent Audubon Society report, 20 species of birds are declining at a rate of 68 percent.

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Eyebeam resident artist Jooyoun Paek presents Expand-a-Bag, an inflatable craft workshop.

Eyebeam alums Jenny Broutin, Carmen Trudell and Mouna Andraos will lead a workshop in which participants create personal power stations using alternative energy sources.

The personal powerPlant is a portable device that harnesses electricity through a solar cell and hand crank generator, into a NiMH battery. The device also includes a visual multimeter that monitors the amount of energy stored.

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On the second Tuesday of each month, people who work in the environmental field and anyone interested in environmental issues meet up for a drink at various Manhattan hotspots from 6 – 10PM.

During our FEEDBACK exhibition, Eyebeam hosted Green Drinks in Chelsea.

Network, share info and make friends on Tuesday at Eyebeam!

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Synthetic Times: Media Art China 2008, a Cultural Olympics project that will open at the National Art Museum of China in Beijing in June 2008, launches in NYC with programming co-organized by the exhibition’s curator, Zhang Ga, the MoMA, Parsons School of Design and Eyebeam. For more information visit: http://www.mediartchina.org/organization.

On April 15, following a day-long symposium at Parsons, Eyebeam will feature performances by Eyebeam artists Jeff Crouse, Stephanie Rothenberg, Taeyoon Choi, and Friedrich Kirchner at 8 – 10PM.

http://www.mediartchina.org/organization

Image: OP_ERA by Daniela Kutschat Hanns + Rejane Cantoni.

Stephen Wolfram’s Introduction to WolframAlpha

May 13, 2009

Building the ultimate computational knowledge engine is a highly ambitious and long-term project. The WolframAlpha that you will get to start exploring next week is really just the beginning. Still, there are a lot of ways that you might use WolframAlpha.

In this screencast, Stephen Wolfram gives a quick introduction and demo of today’s WolframAlpha.

A worker at one of AT&T's San Jose offices opened a refrigerator full of rotten, forgotten cow-orker chow and released a gas so noxious that the building had to be evacuated and a hazmat team had to be called in.

Authorities said an enterprising office worker had decided to clean it out, placing the food in a conference room while using two cleaning chemicals to scrub down the mess. The mixture of old lunches and disinfectant caused 28 people to need treatment for vomiting and nausea.

Authorities said the worker who cleaned the fridge didn't need treatment -- she can't smell because of allergies.

Rotten office fridge cleanup sends 7 to hospital

(via /.)