Student Residencies

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The Eyebeam Student Residency is an intensive program for New York City youth aged 16-21  who are interested in experimenting, learning, and creating with art and new technology tools to produce projects that challenge social injustices, critique culture, and/or express personal narratives. During the program, Student Residents develop their ideas into original projects with support from Eyebeam through the following: mentorship from Eyebeam fellows, residents, and alumni; access to Eyebeam facilities, tools, and resources; and public presentation opportunities which may include workshops, panel discussions, and playtesting, which are hosted at Eyebeam.  

The program, first launched in 2011, is currently supporting Iltimas Doha, a Playable Fashion alum.  Based on this experience as a teen victim of the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk tactic, he is developing a hoodie embedded with stealth technology to record and transmit data to empower other teens targeted by such police harassment.  This summer, he will present his prototype to the community at South Street Seaport, where Eyebeam will be hosting public programs as part of a series.  In addition, two new student residents--also alumni of Eyebeam youth programs--will develop site-specific projects for this space.  Youth in this program have been able to further establish themselves as leaders, artists, and technologists, advancing their career trajectories and promise for future success.