Created out of an overwhelming desire to lift the voices of artists in a time of crisis and systemic collapse, the initiative arose quickly from conversations at the outbreak of the global pandemic, when Eyebeam paused its highly distinguished flagship residency for the first time in its history and closed its physical space in order to support New York City’s effort to contain Covid-19.
In the hope of invigorating artistic creation of digital futures at this moment of systemic collapse, we chose 30 daring challengers and transformers, and they will carve out a path towards a more humane vision for the future.
The participating international artists are active and engaged in variety of milieu, movements, and contexts and their proposals range in focus from free and widely available artificial intelligence that supports Black health and healing, to addressing the devasting financial consequences of the surveillance of safe and consensual online sex workers during Covid-19.
Eyebeam announces artists selected for Rapid Response for a Better Digital Future
Amidst a global pandemic and international protests, an ambitious, radical, fast moving initiative to unlock artists’ potential
Projects shine a spotlight on a digital future free of surveillance
American Artist, artist and Eyebeam Alum
Brian Droitcour, Associate Editor, Art In America
Brittni Collins, Times Square Arts Public Art Manager
Jerron Herman, disabled artist
Joanne McNeil, writer
Ladi’Sasha Jones, Artist Engagement Manager, The Laundromat Project
Lauren Ruffin, Co-founder Crux, Chief External Relations Officer, Fractured Atlas
Luc Meier, Director, La Becque
Matt Corwine, Campaign Content Manager, Microsoft Research and Eyebeam Advisory Committee Member
Nora N. Khan, writer
Prem Krishnamurthy, Partner and Director, Wkshps
R. Luke DuBois, artist andEyebeam Board Member
Suhaly Bautista-Carolina, Senior Managing Educator, Audience Development and Engagement at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Tara Aisha Willis, Associate Curator of Performance & Public Practice, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
Eyebeam and La Becque, headquartered in La Tour-de-Peilz, Switzerland, are like-minded organizations in support of visionary artistic practices who came together this year to bring three talented alumni of their respective organizations into the Rapid Response working group, through the generous support of swissnex Boston / New York. The two organizations share an ethos to use digital tools for the creation and distribution of art and support the production of physically distanced work that questions who controls dialogue and discussion in the 21st century.
Rapid Response for a Better Digital Future has been made possible by generous funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Henry Luce Foundation, as well as the Jerome Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts. Eyebeam is grateful for the long-standing visionary support of the Atlantic Foundation and the New York Council on the Arts. We also acknowledge the generous support of the Beatrice Snyder Foundation.
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