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Other Options: Panel discussion + AAAFFF Awards Ceremony

Panelists: Josh Greene, Service-Works; Geraldine Juárez, Tanda Foundation; Joanna Spitzner, JS Foundation. Moderated by Abigail Satinsky and Ben Schaafsma of InCUBATE and Sunday Soup Granting Fund.

Followed by the Anti-Advertising Agency (Anne Elizabeth Moore and Eyebeam senior fellow Steve Lambert) Foundation for Freedom 2008 Award ceremony and after-party, just in time for New York Ad Week!


Join Untethered curator and Eyebeam curatorial fellow Sarah Cook for the opening of the show and a chance to meet the artists of Untethered. A guided tour of the exhibition will follow talks by the artists listed below.

Michel de Broin, an internationally recognized artist from Montreal who is based in Berlin, and winner of the 2007 Sobey Art Award, will present his recent sculptures, including Dead Star (2008) and Great Encounter (2008), an investigation into the isolation of appliances. www.micheldebroin.org

Kelly Dobson, an artist based at MITʼs Media Lab, will present her responsive hacked technologies including Blendie (2003–04), a blender that responds only to growling noises, and Toastie (2004), a toaster that operates when hummed at. www.web.media.mit.edu/~monster

Germaine Koh, an internationally recognized artist from Vancouver, will present a work from her Fair Weather Forces series (2008), in which live tide and water-level data control a velvet rope barrier in the gallery. www.germainekoh.com

Sascha Pohflepp, a German artist and student in the Design Interactions program at the Royal College of Art, London, will presents his project Buttons (2006)—a lens-free camera that takes other people’s pictures. www.pohflepp.com

Including Eyebeam fellows Jessica Banks and Ayah Bdeir, lawyer Elizabeth Stark, founder of Harvardʼs Free Culture group, and researcher for Jonathan Zittrainʼs book The Future of The Internet, and Michael Sheafe, founder of Toaster Central, the New York repair shop for vintage and collectible kitchen appliances from the Golden Age of chrome and bakelite. Other panelists TBA. The talk will be followed by the exhibition’s closing reception: http://www.toastercentral.com

Also present for a walkthrough of the exhibition will be Eyebeam artists: Jessica Banks, Ayah Bdeir, JooYoun Paek, Nor_/d (Addie Wagenknecht and Stefan Hechenberger) and Joe Winter.


Join Jamie Wilkinson and senior fellow Steve Lambert in launching Oprah's Linux Club. Based loosely on Oprah Winfrey's popular book club, OLC attempts to bring free and open source computing to the masses.


FOOD (Gordon Matta-Clark, 1972, 43 min.) is a film documenting the legendary SoHo restaurant and artists' cooperative that opened in 1971. Owned and operated by Caroline Goodden, FOOD was designed and built largely by Matta-Clark, who also organized art events and performances there.

As a social space, meeting ground, and ongoing art project for the emergent artists' community, FOOD was a landmark in the history and mythology of 1970s SoHo. The screening will be introduced by Robert Kushner (manager, FOOD ‘72 – ’74).

Nato Thompson, Creative Time curator, and writer on political art and culture, will speak about the prospects for alternative, or "radical", infrastructures as support systems for work and ideas that may not fit easily into institutional frameworks. He will respond to the work of Other Options as possibilities for a new vocabulary on experimental practices that make transparent the contexts and power structures in which the work is produced.


Please join us for the live (RE) SALE auction on Saturday, October 11, as part of the closing of Other Options. The auction (with special guest auctioneer) will begin at 5PM, followed by a reception at 6PM.

(RE) is an alternative RED campaign that aims to: raise awareness for AIDS in Africa, encourage conscious consumption, and provide a means of involvement for those unwilling or unable to buy (Product) Red products. (RE) is a project by Phil Orr and Ryan Thompson. The auction will consist of unused red objects gathered over the course of the exhibition. Come give them a new life while raising money and awareness for the cause! Have any red items lying around you're not sure what to do with? Bring them with you and we'll auction them off! All 100 percent of the proceeds are given specifically to support grassroots projects at the community level. For more information: http://www.joinre.com


Got an old iPod? Install iPodLinux on it and make music with a PDA! Want to play Doom on your iPod Video? Install Rockbox on your iPod, and still use the original Apple software too. Free that PDA and turn it into an 8-bit sequencer or touchscreen guitar. Or hook up an Arduino to your old wifi router and discover what’s possible.

This workshop is based on the idea of making iPods, wifi routers and PDA's “generative”, that is, the possibility of changing their software to make them open to experimentation. Until recently, only the very skilled hackers were able to “untether” their own devices. Thanks to the work of so many hackers, it is getting easier. Yes, there are still irksome technical details master, but that’s what this workshop is for!

Eyebeam resident Hans-Christoph Steiner, together with Eyebeam interns Marius Schebella and Chris "the Widget" DiMauro will lead the workshop. They've been collecting a wide range of devices and hacking them with free software to see what's possible and now want to help you do the same.



Touch screens are everywhere these days. The Maker Shed has a TouchShield Stealth for use with the Arduino environment. Now that the Arduino Mega has been released the bigger TouchShield Slide is also available. Liquidware Antipasto posted some great code to help you get started with your own touch screen project:

I'm making the TouchShield tell the Arduino to turn on an LED. The Arduino code is compatible on the Duemilanove and the Mega. The TouchShield code is compatible on the Stealth and the Slide.

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Visit Eyebeam for the biannual Open Studios—a rare glimpse into the practices of our current fellows, residents, and student residents. All of our three labs will be open to the public, with artists and technologists showcasing and discussing their work throughout the day.

This Open Studios will also feature Eyebeam’s collaboration with Transportation Alternatives in the form of PARK(ing) Redux: a block party and showcase of the group‘s citywide PARK(ing) Day action to reclaim parking spaces last month.

As part of Eyebeam and TA‘s PARK(ing)Day Redux, we‘ll close off part of 21st St. in Chelsea and put the streets parking spots to more creative use. Eyebeam fellows, student residents, and outgoing Summer 2008 Residents will present their work both inside Eyebeam, as well as streetside, in front of Eyebeam.

The day will be capped off with a reception to announce and celebrate Eyebeam’s 2008–2009 Senior Fellows: Ayah Bdeir, Jeff Crouse, Michael Mandiberg and Steve Lambert.

  • 12PM: BOXWARS workshop with Christina Kral
  • 12 – 6PM: PARK(ing) Day Redux block party (Rain date: October 25)
  • 12 – 6PM: performance of Cloud Car by Andrea Polli and Chuck Varga
  • 12 – 6PM: The Air Quality Bake Sale and Weather Balloon launch with Heidi Nielson and Natalie Campbell for the SP Weather Station Project, and Polli, Varga and Youn Choi for the Hello, Weather! Eyebeam Weather Station Project
  • 3 – 6PM: Open Studios with Eyebeam residents and fellows, including an Open Frameworks workshop in the Education Lab
  • 6PM: Toast to new Eyebeam senior fellows



A public critique and discussion of instrumental hacks (i.e., customized technologies made into musical instruments), in conjunction with Eyebeam‘s Untethered exhibition. Live demonstrations will be supplemented by a discucssion of historical and theoretical precursors for this type of work.

Schedule for evening:

  • 7PM: Performing Machines presentation begins
  • 8:30PM: Informal discussion, drinks, and play with the works on display. Untethered will also be open for viewing.

Guest critics:

  • Douglas Repetto (Dorkbot)
  • Jonah Brucker-Cohen (former Eyebeam fellow)

Demos/performances by:

  • Dominic Smith (CRUMB)
  • JooYoun Paek (former Eyebeam resident and Untethered artist)
  • Adrianne Wortzel (current Eyebeam resident)
  • Hans Christoph-Steiner (current Eyebeam resident and Untethered artist)

With the amiable assistance of a set of Dutch identical twins, resident artist Di Mainstone will be continuing her tour of SHAREWEAR in Germany this week.   Last seen at Eyebeam’s Mixer event, the dresses will be unpacked and assembled as part of a live performance at I-Machine Festival, to be held in Oldenburg 15th – 18th May.


Conceived as part of her residency at V2 Institute in Rotterdam, Di Mainstone's SHAREWEAR explores our desire for a connection to "home" in an increasingly transient world. Referencing familiar icons of the home, such as the armrest on our favourite sofa, SHAREWEAR comprises of a pair of reconfigurable, electronic dresses that physically slot together to activate atmospheric pools of light.  Worn by identical twins as part of a performance, the dresses create an in-between place amid private and shared space, inviting both wearer and audience to, get close, lean on one another, unleash the unexpected and cast long shadows.