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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.



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.


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.


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!


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.


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 /.)






Feedback artists Natalie Jeremijenko, Leah Gauthier, Brooke Singer, and The Lower East Side Ecology Center presenting workshops during the day.

Natalie Jeremijenko will present noPark.

Natalie Jeremijenko will lead a surface-level noPARK action on a plot of pavement in Chelsea (within a short walk of Eyebeam, exact location TBA the day of the event).

noPARK is a public art project to create “no parking zones" of micro engineered green spaces to prevent storm water run off, use foliage to stabilize the soil, and to provide a durable low maintenance surface cover.

In order to help raise funds for the noPARK project, which the artist hopes to implement throughout the city, limited-edition potted plants will be sold as "shares" of the project (complete with certificates) at Eyebeam for $10. Shareholders will be encouraged to take their plants to the site of the April 19 noPARK for the 3-6PM action. (A single noPARK zone is estimated to cost approximately $6000 to implement.)

For images: http://www.environmentalhealthclinic.net/projects/nopark/

Leah Gauthier will lead a Sow-In, during which participants will distribute hundreds of seed pots to community gardeners across New York City for transplant, care, harvest, and seed saving.

The Lower East Side Ecology Center will demonstrate how the public can repurpose and use waste via worm bins.

Brooke Singer ( http://www.superfund365.org) with Michael Heimbinder ( http://www.habitatmap.org ) and Emily Gallagher will conduct a virtual toxic tour followed by a hands-on workshop. The virtual tour will focus on a site in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, that is currently undergoing contamination evaluation by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Department of Health. Together they will explore the region's historic and present day industries, detail the contaminants of concern and discuss potential remedies. This will serve as a case in point for participants to learn more about toxic legacy and the challenges of cleanup in New York City. In the second part of the workshop, they will provide resources for participants to identify toxic exposures in their own neighborhoods. Lastly, the group will brainstorm effective organizing strategies and ways to develop a network of activist peers .

Brooke Singer is a 2007 Artist Fellowship recipient of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). This presentation is co-sponsored by Artists & Audiences Exchange, a NYFA public program.



The Change You Want To See gallery will host a collaborative workshop exploring the mashup and remix of audio-visual, social and architectural elements onsite, with local borough-based teenage participants and Eyebeam's educational partners. Each workshop participant will be invited to bring at least three clips to add to a pool of source material. We will consider site-specific “give and take”, and aim to develop “fair-use” guidelines for fellow participants and laymen.

VJ-ing, event-design and space-modification workshops will mix and remix the resources, talents, perspectives of all present, to create a performative party with live audio-visual manipulation, a juice-bar and dancing. As a public party for the Seeders 'N' Leechers 'R' Us outgoing process, thie evening endeavors to seed the imagination of possible futures.

Co-related workshops by:
Dan Winckler: Live video mixing and production
Not An Alternative: Build your own projection screen out of found materials
Jeff Crouse and David Jimison: Building experience

Coordinated by Liz Slagus, Eyebeam resident Andrew Paterson and Not An Alternative.