MARCH 12 + 13, 2010: MIXER: OLYMPIAD

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Press Contact:
Rebecca Cittadini
212.937.6580 x222
press@eyebeam.org

MARCH 12 + 13, 2010
MIXER: OLYMPIAD

9PM – 2AM, FRI. MARCH 12 + SAT. MARCH 13

$20 at the door
Age: 18, 21+ ID to drink

Live Music:
FRIDAY 12 MARCH: Tanlines + Maluca | SATURDAY 13 MARCH: Justine D + more TBA

Artists:
Benton-C Bainbridge | CHERYL | Conveyors of Misguided Hits and Misses | Double Happiness
Erik Fabian | Jeff Crouse + Aaron Meyers | NYC Resistor | Stephanie Rothenberg + Scott Kildall

MIXER, Eyebeam’s acclaimed event series dedicated to showcasing leading artists in the fields of live media performance, interactive and participatory art, is back once again. In the aftermath of the 2010 Winter Olympics, Eyebeam will help alleviate the post-Games hangover with its own international athletic spectacular, MIXER: OLYMPIAD. Artists, designers, musicians, engineers, and hackers alike will stage events that evoke the passion, the drive, the danger, and the majesty of competitive sport and mass spectacle. Join one of the five competing nations, and race for Olympic glory!

NIGHTLY SCHEDULE
Start time: 9PM
Opening Ceremony (Friday): 10PM
Competitions: 10:30PM – 12:30AM
Closing Ceremony (Saturday): 12:30AM

LATE NIGHT MUSIC: 1 – 2AM
Friday: Tanlines | Maluca
Saturday: Justine D + more TBA

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS:

CHERYLYMPIX CHERYL
Snolimpix Conveyors of Misguided Hits + Misses
Shred Masters Double Happiness
MC Erik Fabian
Torch Relay Jeff Crouse + Aaron Meyers
Teletype Color Commentary Machine NYC Resistor
The Great Avatar Challenge Stephanie Rothenberg + Scott Kildall (Saturday)
Visuals Benton-C Bainbridge
Music MeanRed Productions

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ABOUT THE PARTICIPANTS:

Benton-C Bainbridge
Benton-C Bainbridge is a Bronx artist who has made video as a painterly and performable medium for 25 years. Using custom digital, analog and optical systems, Benton-C’s movies contribute to a dialog in an emerging global language. Benton-C has shown his work on five continents in venues and events including SFMoMA (San Francisco), Hayden Planetarium (NYC), Lincoln Center, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, D.C.), Teatro Colón CETC (Buenos Aires), EMPAC (Troy, NY), Sonic Light (Amsterdam), Dallas Video Festival, Madison Square Garden, Whitney Museum at Philip Morris, Museum of Modern Art, Eyebeam (NYC), CELCIT (Managua) and LUX2006 (Sevilla). Currently, Benton-C Bainbridge is creating video installations and “electronic paintings”, including slow motion portraits. Bainbridge recently completed the projections design for two new operatic performances: for Brooklyn Museum’s Target First Saturdays, a multimedia lecture on the composer Gabriel Von Wayditch (Guinness Record holder for world’s longest opera) and (with ongoing collaborator Minou Maguna) John King’s “Galileo Galilei” in Argentina.
http://www.benton-c.com

CHERYL
CHERYL is a four-person video and performance collective based in Brooklyn that explores the themes of mortality, mania, the feline-human connection, the limits of shoulders, the flammability of dollar-store hair extensions, and the staining power of fake blood. Through themes ranging from topical to bizarre, the CHERYLs revel in the joyous power of dance-induced psychosis/euphoria. CHERYL has been bringing its particular brand of FRESHMAGICK™ to New York City since colonial times, and has since acquired a dedicated cult following and media attention for over-the-top happenings involving outrageous costumes, exuberant dance moves, and participatory dance floor suicide.
CHERYL has staged video shoots for MoMA and Flux Factory, and has held participatory events, activities, and installations at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space, Bruce High Quality’s Brucennial 2010, The Bell House, and other local venues. CHERYL has been written up in a number of publications, including Time Out New York, The New York Times, Readymade Magazine, and Flavorwire.
http://www.cherylwillruinyourlife.info

Conveyors of Misguided Hits + Misses
The Conveyors of Misguided Hits and Misses know that what matters most right now is to prepare humanity for an impending takeover by malignant robots. They are looking for the best and brightest to assist them in their task - fearless athletes who do not cower from such challenges as freeze tag, snowcone catches and the dreaded sorbet race. Do you have what it takes to lurch to the top of the Snolimpix, to battle spoon to spoon with your opponents and come out of the Alaskan honeymoon race unscathed? Join us for the countdown to the top. May the strongest survive! Your hosts, the Conveyors of Misguided Hits and Misses, consist of Kyle Lapidus (Director of ignivomous.org) and Julia Solis (Conductor of Darkpassage.com), utilizing an unflinching combination of rigorous medical testing and inscrutable refereeing finesse to make sure the fittest athlete takes all. Fear not, you are in good hands.

Jeff Crouse
Jeff Crouse creates parodies that playfully comment on the role of technology in our lives. His work takes many forms, including software, web applications, installations, games, and video. His piece Invisible Threads, a mixed reality installation about virtual labor, was featured at the New Frontiers Gallery at the Sundance Film Festival in 2007. James Chimpton, a robotic monkey, interviewed the artists of the 2008 Whitney Biennial using information harvested from the web in real time. Another piece, Dirt Party, made people at the 2008 Futuresonic Festival in Manchester confront their online identities by crowdsourcing the task of digging up “dirt” about them from the Internet. His work has also been shown at the DC FilmFest, the Come Out and Play Festival in Amsterdam, Laboral in Gíjon, Spain, the Obie Awards, the Performa Festival, and the Eyebeam Art & Technology Center in New York. He has received grants from Rhizome and Turbulence, and is has been a fellow at Eyebeam since 2007.
http://www.jeffcrouse.info

Double Happiness
Double Happiness is an internet surf club that includes Bennett Williamson and Ricky Laska. Founding member Bennett Williamson’s work has been featured in the Irish Times, MSNBC.com, and Wall Street Journal Online; he curated and organized The Great Internet Sleepover at Eyebeam in 2007; is a member of the Graffiti Research Lab, and a research fellow at F.A.T. Lab.
http://doublehappiness.ilikenicethings.com

Erik Fabian
Erik Fabian is an artist and producer working in live performance, installation, and conceptual art.
Erik was born in Warren, Ohio and grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia. He lived in Olympia, Washington for five years, where he attended the Evergreen State College. In 2000, he founded the performance festival “BigShowCity” in Olympia, WA.
Erik then lived in Chicago, Illinois for five years and completing a Masters of Fine Arts degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He now resides in Brooklyn, New York.
http://www.erikandtheanimals.com/

Scott Kildall
Scott Kildall is a cross-disciplinary artist working with video, installation, prints, sculpture and performance. He gathers material from the public realm as the crux of his artwork in the form of interventions into various concepts of space.
He has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Philosophy from Brown University and a Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago through the Art & Technology Studies Department. He has exhibited his work internationally in galleries and museums. He has received fellowships and awards from organizations including the Kala Art Institute, The Banff Centre for the Arts, Turbulence.org, and was an Eyebeam Resident in 2009.
http://kildall.com

Aaron Meyers
Aaron Meyers is a designer and programmer using generative strategies in the creation of software and moving image. Since earning his MFA at the USC Interactive Media Division in 2007, Meyers worked in the now-defunct Yahoo Design Innovation Team, taught classes at UCLA Design|Media Arts and continues to work on a variety of interactive projects for diverse clients that have included Digg, Radiohead, and Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Aaron is a frequent collaborator of Jeff Crouse, Eyebeam senior fellow, collaboratively developing the projects Praying@Home and The World Series of ‘Tubing. He is currently a 2010 Eyebeam Fellow.
http://www.aaron-meyers.com

NYC Resistor
NYC Resistor is an electronics hacking collective located in Downtown Brooklyn. They meet regularly to share knowledge, hack on projects together, and build community.
http://www.nycresistor.com

Stephanie Rothenberg
Stephanie Rothenberg uses performance, video, and net-based media to create interactive situations that question relationships between individuals and socially constructed identities, lifestyles and public spaces. Referencing corporate models and their infrastructures, her work merges popular forms of advertising and market research with participatory experiences involving role-playing and fantasy. Stephanie received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her work has been exhibited in numerous media festivals and galleries in the US and abroad. Stephanie commutes between New York City and Buffalo, New York where she is Assistant Professor of Communication Design at the State University of New York at Buffalo. During her 2007 Residency at Eyebeam, she worked on The School of Perpetual Training and Invisible Threads with Jeff Crouse, which explores the intersections between physical labor in the real world and the immaterial labor of the virtual sweatshop in the online gaming industry.
http://www.pan-o-matic.com/

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