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OptoSonic Tea :: Friday May 30th,2–8 :: 8:30 pm ::
Live sets by: Daniel Vatsky and Chris Jordan (video) and John Cohrs (audio), Pamela Z,
:: Invited respondent/moderator: Miya Masaoka ::

OptoSonic Tea is a regular series of meetings dedicated to the convergence of live visuals with live sound which focuses on the visual component. These presentation-and-discussion meetings aim to explore different forms of live visuals (live video, live film, live slide projection and their variations and combinations) and the different ways they can come into interaction with live audio.

Experimental Intermedia ::
224 Centre Street at Grand, Third Floor,
NY 10013 :: 212 431 5127, 212 431 6430

organized by Ursula Scherer and Katherine Liberovskaya
Turbulance article

What about all the local toxins in your house such as paints, adhesives, oils, household cleaners.

Good Magazine put together a little article about which plants can be used to offset these local toxins.

I’ve created the worlds largest target. There’s a lot of competition but I think I can claim to have created the largest one in existence today. It’s 25,000ft X 20,392ft = 509 million sq ft!!, or 18.28 sq miles!! This is roughly the size of Manhattan (22 sq miles). Thats a target that’s hard to miss.


Eyebeam hosted a public critique for the Eco-Vis Challenge submissions as part of the Upgrade! series of public programming.

A distinguished panel of New York-based artists and designers discussed what role an art and technology center can play in raising public awareness on environmental issues, and how visualizing environmental data can address the crisis. The guest critics not only dicussed their criteria for a useful, engaging, and successful visualization project, but were available to give in-depth feedback to the Eco-Vis Challenge participants. Panelists included: Michael Mandiberg, Natalie Jeremijemko, and Upgrade! founders Mushon Zer-Aviv and Yael Kanarek.

Trevor Paglen

Trevor Paglen presented his projects and collaborations, which included his current Eyebeam commission. Joined by the Eyebeam Production Fellows, Jeff Crouse, Evan Harper, Geraldine Juárez and Chris Sugrue, his collaborators on his commissioned piece with Eyebeam, Paglen detailed the project and progress to date.

Geographer and artist Trevor Paglen takes us on a road trip through the world of hidden budgets, state secrets, covert military bases, and disappeared people: through a landscape that military and intelligence insiders call the “black world.” Over the course of his talk, Paglen leads us from “non-existent” Air Force and CIA installations in the Nevada desert to secret prisons in Afghanistan and to a collection of even more obscure “black sites” startlingly close to home. Using hundreds of images he has produced and collected over the course of his work, Paglen shows how the black world’s internal contradictions give rise to a peculiar visual, aesthetic, and epistemological grammar with which to think about the contemporary moment.

Paglen and IAA also presented their collaborative work, Terminal Air, in Eyebeam’s exhibition Interference. The exhibition was on view prior to The Upgrade!

Graham Harwood

Graham Harwood presented his projects and collaborations, including his Eyebeam commission with MediaShed, and work with free media. Joined by the Eyebeam Production Fellows, his collaborators on his commissioned piece with Eyebeam, Harwood presented Gearbox, an open source video editing resource.

A representative from Picture New York made a special appearance to discuss proposed restrictions on photographing rights in public space.

Simple Text

Eyebeam R&D OpenLab Fellow Jonah Brucker-Cohen presented his and Tim Redfern’s SimpleTEXT: A Cell Phone Enabled Interactive Performance.

The event was free and open to the public. Guests were invited to bring their cell phone to take part!

real cost

Eyebeam Resident Michael Mandiberg presented a talk and workshop about his new project Real Costs. Attendees were encouraged to bring a laptop to play along. Programming knowledge was useful.

This hybrid talk/workshop included a 30 minute presentation of the project, and how it related to Michael’s previous work, followed by guided mod’ing of the script. Michael provided a focused walk through of the code, and then set everyone free to make some modifications and provided feedback for the project.

Michael Mandiberg is an artist, computer programmer and rogue economist who uses the Internet, video and performance to explore subjectivity, labor and commerce. Michael’s most recent project, Oil Standard created a browser plug-in that converts all prices on any web page to their equivalent value in barrels of oil. He will continue this vein of work at Eyebeam, employing devices such as Firefox plug-ins and open API platforms to highlight real environmental costs in a global economy.

leon reid

Presenting a discussion and critique with Open City artist Leon Reid IV.

Reid presented his talk “The Call to Duty in the 21st Century”. How has the practice of street art redeemed the position of the Artist in contemporary society? Take a ride through history with street artist Leon Reid (Darius Jones) and explore what art has meant to civilizations of the past, where it got lost in contemporary Western society, and how the street artist is redefining what it means to be an “Artist”.


A celebrity-centric Upgrade! with artists Jillian Mcdonald and Eyebeam Resident Jamie O’shea.

Jillian McDonald, famous for “Me and Billy Bob,” presented old and new work which focuses on the subcultures that drive the celebrity and horror film industries. She showed a DVD, some quicktime files, a data-driven web project and more dvd.  Jamie O’Shea performed an extraordinarily efficient art experience at precisely 8:22:22 on 2/22. An entire performance, narrated by Corey Sullivan, took place within 1/5 of a second. Jamie’s automated memory process created an indelible, and effortless, impression of this instant. Jamie writes: ” This Thursday, at 8:22:22 on 2/22, we will be presenting a 1/5th of a second performance, perhaps the most efficient art experience currently available. The automated memory process will be narrated by Corey Sullivan, and take place precisely on time in reference to the official U.S. time for the Eastern time zone. We guarantee that your memory of this instant will be indelible and effortless.”

Upgrade! is an international network of gatherings concerning art, technology and community. Founded in New York in 1999, Upgrade! has grown into an international, emerging network of more than 20 autonomous nodes spread around the globe and united by art, technology and a commitment to bridging cultural divides. Eyebeam is honored to support the New York node of Upgrade!