Open(Art) is a joint initiative launched by Eyebeam and Mozilla to support creativity at the intersection of art and the open web. It is a unique opportunity for artists and technologists to collaborate on new work that catalyzes creative participation on a global scale. Selected artists and technologists will develop projects that push the boundaries of online or networked culture and address contemporary social challenges, while contributing to the community of practice around creative code.
Three Open(Art) Fellows were selected from an open call for proposals, and awarded a $15,000 production budget and resources to develop their projects, including desk space and access to design, research, and fabrication studios at Eyebeam’s New York location. Selected projects will be featured though public events taking place in 2013.
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About Open(Art) Fellows
Forrest Oliphant - Meemoo
Meemoo brings the power of app development to everyone. It's an HTML5 data flow programming environment with an emphasis on realtime audio-visual manipulation. Using an intuitive visual interface that lets users connect modules together using colorful "wires," Meemoo lets anyone remix and build their own creative apps right in the browser.
"I often see kids playing with touch screen apps that only do what the developer designs it to do," Forrest says. "I want to blur that line between developer and user, and allow more people to create different kinds of media." Video: http://youtu.be/w11iqblTkbo
Toby Schachman - Pixel Shaders
Pixel Shaders is an interactive book, platform and community centered around harnessing the graphics processor (GPU) for artistic purposes. It aims to make GPU programming accessible to artists in the same way that tools like Processing made CPU programming more accessible to digital creators.
Toby's project aims to get people thinking about programming in a different way. "This is one of the key areas where the artistic community can contribute to the computer science communities," he says. Video: http://youtu.be/RLNpYHlAHhQ
Nortd Labs (Addie Wagenknecht and Stefan Hechenberger) - Bomfu
Bomfu is a collaborative web repository for open hardware projects. It aims to increase the ease of use and quality for the "bill of materials" or "BOM," a list of the raw materials required to build a finished product. The goal: open up new and more complex forms of open hardware creation.
"Making all of the tools better pushes up what can be built," says Addie and Stefan. "The better the tools are, the more complex the projects." Video: http://youtu.be/tfXmZYKHXvw
Open(Art) is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
People: Addie Wagenknecht, ben moskowitz, Forrest Oliphant, Nortd Labs, Paul Amitai, Stefan Hechenberger, Toby Schachman
Research: Education, Open Culture
Project Type: Design, Engineering, Generative Art, Hardware, Learning, Open Source, Software, Web
Tags: open hardware, open source, open web