Eyebeam 2012 Fall / Winter Residency Call

Activity Details
Call Type: 
Start Date: 
On Site


APPLICATION DEADLINE: All applications must have been received via online application by 12:00PM (noon) June 22, 2012. All applicants will be informed of their application status by August 13, 2012.

CONTEXT: Eyebeam is the leading not-for-profit art and technology center in the USA. Our unique collaborative environment fosters fellowships and residencies through research, education, public programming and a vital web space, eyebeam.org. We are located in the heart of NYC’s Chelsea art district in a resource rich 15,000 sq.ft. space. Please see the Residents and Projects sections of our web site for information on current and previous work developed at Eyebeam.

OVERVIEW: Acceptance into the residency program is based on the quality and visionary potential of a project proposal. Residents are granted a $5,000 stipend and 24/7 access to Eyebeam's design and fabrication studios at our Chelsea facility to realize the project.

Up to six Residents will be selected for the upcoming 5-month cycle, which will run from mid-September, 2012 to mid-February, 2013.

SUPPORT: Eyebeam residencies support the creative research, production and presentation of initiatives querying art, technology and culture. The residency is a period of concentration and immersion visionary, experimental applications and projects. It is a chance to use the time, space, tools at Eyebeam to reach the next stage of your practice. International applicants are welcome to apply, although we do not have the resources to provide travel or accommodation. We are happy to work with selected applicants, where required, to help them to secure funds to cover these expenses. International Residents are responsible for securing their own visas for the Residency period. We are happy to provide necessary paperwork to help expedite the process.

NOTE: International applicants are encouraged to take into consideration the time required for meeting travel and visa requirements and may want to consider applying to the cycle prior to their intended start date.

The ideal resident will both contribute to and benefit from the shared environment at Eyebeam, and will thrive in the dedication to openness and collaborative process across the organization, including staff, residents and fellows.

PARTICIPATION: Residents are expected to fully document their progress and their projects and to participate in public events including workshops, weekly residents/fellows meetings, monthly “Stop Work” critique sessions, demonstrations of work in progress, panel discussions, and online releases, in addition to Open Studios (a semi-annual two-day event presenting current artists' work to the public).

All residents will be selected from this open call, based on the quality of the work being proposed, the applicability of Eyebeam’s tools and resources in realizing and supporting the work, and in consideration of the overarching research themes and activities of the organization.

Core to Eyebeam’s methodology is the brokering of relationships between artists, hackers, coders, engineers and other creative technologists in the context of an open and shared culture of investigation and critique. We foster and facilitate relationships whereby technologists and artists come together to germinate and incubate their ideas, develop new processes, and create new works through a period of immersion in a social and professional context which is rich in technology, expertise and ideas.

RESIDENCY FOCUS AREAS:  Eyebeam is focusing on three residency tracks this cycle: 1) Progress, 2) Vision, and a 3) Collaborative Residency with Baltan Laboratories in the Netherlands. Please indicate on your application ONE area in which your project proposal most clearly fits.

Over the last 15 years Eyebeam has supported artists and creative technologists whose work tackles environmental, political, and economic issues and instability. With a focus on projects that have real-world impact, Eyebeam maintains that cultural progress is possible and, through this radically optimistic approach, encourages work that is paradigm shifting within a large spectrum of genres including cultural capital, information design, urbanism, and sustainability. Eyebeam continues to focus on work that involves community-interdependence and resourcefulness, learning, curiosity, and creative exploration. We are looking for work that exhibits flexibility, adaptability, and ingenuity through creative intervention, activism, and tactical media.

Since the birth of cinema, aesthetic and technical developments in the field have always been pushed by multidisciplinary innovation and creative whimsy, via trial and error by people who are passionate about their domains. In recent years technological innovation has been accelerating within digital cinematography, special effects, interaction and novel output systems, as well as cloud computing, live coding, and creative coding systems. Eyebeam has supported numerous award winning international interactive artists throughout the last 15 years, enabling the development of cutting edge installations, prototypes, and creative coding environments. As our visual culture has become increasingly complex, and the literacy required to understand it poses ever fresh challenges, the field of computer visualization is one that Eyebeam continues to encourage and support. 

For artists, shared residencies offer a context that's more than simply time and space to work. By residing at each partner organization, time and space is multiplied across locations and each location brings its own culture to the work. In this case, the collaborative potential between Baltan Laboratories in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, and Eyebeam Art + Technology Center in New York City is exponentially increased -- both organizations are deeply committed to supporting the process of artistic creation from early stages through to the end project. This collaborative residency is organized around the theme of "Cultural Economies" with the goal of instigating new work that critically examines the ability of artists and artistic production to maintain large cultural relevance in an age of increasingly limited resources.  

The timeline for this collaborative residency is as follows:
Sept. 17 - Nov. 18, in residence at Eyebeam (housing not provided);
Nov. 19 - Dec. 21, in residence at Baltan Laboratories, in collaboration with the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven (NL) (housing provided);
Dec. 14 - 15, presentation of working prototype at an international symposium around collecting and presenting digitally born art in the museum, a collaboration between Baltan Laboratories and the Van Abbemuseum;
Dec. 22 - Feb. 18, 2013, in residence at Eyebeam with presentation of final work in exhibition.

The selected artist will receive paid transportation, a production budget, and a modest fee. Please note, this is a different program than standard Eyebeam residency so stipend and budget differs. 

For this residency focus area, the following must be agreeable to the selected artist:
- The artist must be willing to openly and thoroughly document the artistic process.
- The work should be created using open source software;
- The artist should have experience working in collaborative settings with people from different disciplines.

Please note: only artists and technologists who can commit to the working timeline should apply. Also, please include in the application (under the "Additional Info. section") the motivation for why you would like to work in the context of this particular residency.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Applications are only accepted via our online application system. Applications received after the deadline of noon, 12:00 (EST) PM (noon), June 22, 2012, will not be accepted. All applications and work samples must be submitted through the online form. No exceptions will be made. You can create a user/password during the application process and log back into the server to update your application before the final deadline.
Complete applications must include the following information:
• Contact Information
• Resume or CV (.rtf, .pdf, .doc)
• Work samples in the form of URLs. Include a project description with your work sample that explains your contribution to the piece, how it is meant to be viewed and how it relates to your proposed project(s)/research.
• Concise responses to all application questions. Incomplete applications will not be considered.