Recent Persons

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Born and raised in Tehran, Iran, Hadjar Homaei is a Seattle-based computer scientist, specializing in computational cognitive modeling, machine learning, and user experience design. Her research and development work is mostly focused on using machine learning and natural language processing techniques for structured improvement of people's interactions with systems in terms of their safety, efficiency, and ease of use.  She works as a research engineer at Amazon Search and Experience department. In addition to her scientific and technical work, she is a professional balance-disturber. Although she didn't have the courage study and pursue arts she's been fortunate enough to have been able to frequently collaborate with artists as the technical consultant on various projects and campaigns.

For her Eyebeam Residency Hadjar is collaborating with Katayoun Vaziri. 

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Katayoun Vaziri  was born and raised in Iran and is currently based in New York. Vaziri draws on a wide range of cultural references to question the linearity of political and social narratives. She received an MFA from Yale University in 2009 and a BFA from Tehran University in 2005. Her work has been featured in exhibitions in San Francisco, London, and Dubai and she has held residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine in 2010, the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts in Ithaca, New York in 2011and over the Fall 2012, she was visiting lecturer at Ohio State University. In addition to her artistic practice, Vaziri is segment producer for BBC Farsi TV, focusing on art scene of New York. She is currently working on "I ran into Iran", a radio pod cast, which is part of Creative Times' Reports series.

For her Eyebeam Residency Katayoun will be collaborating with Hadjar Homaei.

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Joe is an interdisciplinary New Media artist. He uses many mediums in his practice including; web, photo, video, sculpture, games and performance.  At the center of Joe's practice is an interest in human interaction with everyday technologies. He explores this with a playful sense of humor. Recently, Joe is interested in creating playable, fun, addictive games that belong in a gallery context. Joe is working with Kristin Lucas under the collaborative name Electric Donut.

Joe McKay holds an MFA from UC Berkeley and a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. In 2000 McKay participated in the Whitney Independent Study Program. He is an Assistant Professor of New Media at SUNY Purchase. Recent projects include "Light Wave", an interactive installation at Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus, and "Swatter" which was in "Playstation" at Postmasters gallery in December 2011.

For his Eyebeam Residency he is working in collaboration with Kristin Lucas. 

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Greg Leuch is a creative & user interaction designer with specialty in user interface design, usability, front-end production, and feature development. He and his work have been internationally featured by NBC, The Guardian, CBC, TIME, ARTINFO, MTV, The Creators Project, and GOOD, and has received numerous Reddit frontpages, high-fives, and death threats for his work in combining pop culture with new media art and technology. His work has been shown at the transmediale Festival (Berlin), Netherlands Media Art Institute, National Museum of Contemporary Art (Athens), and Art Micro Patronage (Internet).

Greg is co-founder of XOlator, a New York City-based creative team. He is also a virtual research fellow of the notorious Free Art & Technology Lab (FAT Lab). He has worked previously as a Senior Designer at BuzzFeed and Director of R&D at Know Your Meme / Rocketboom. He holds a BFA in Graphic Design from Auburn University.

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CHiKA is an interactive visual artist and an educator. She creates a minimalist geometric visual narrative in sync with the sounds of live music performance in addition to interactive projection mapping installations that explore the relationship between visual, light, sound and public audience. She is a creator of a 3 day projection mapping workshop marathon, Mappathon, that teaches mapping projection technique to create site specific installations. She was also a resident researcher at ITP, New York University and an IAC Teaching and Research Fellow for Vimeo.

Her work has been shown at the American Museum of Natural History, the Museum of Art and Design, the Hammer Museum, San Francisco Art Institute, Centre d’Art Contemporain Geneva, Museo Regional de Guadalajara, Matadero Madrid, Theatre Maisonneuve, Biennial in Venezuela, eBay, New York University, Cooper Union, The School of Visual Arts, The University of Wisconsin-Madison, Eyebeam, Harvestworks, Millennium, Mapping Festival, Dumbo Arts Festival, MOD Festival, Blip Festival New York, Blip Festival Tokyo, Mutek, Nuit Blanche, Metropolitan Pavilion, Music Hall of Williamsburg, The Gramercy Theatre, S.O.B.’s, and among other places.

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Laurel Ptak is an artist, curator and researcher based in New York City. She currently teaches in Parson's Art, Media and Technology Department at The New School and serves as at-large Associate Curator for Tensta Konsthall in Stockholm. The book, Undoing Property, which she co-edited with artist Marysia Lewandowska was published by Sternberg Press in 2013. Since 2006 her practice has often explored media and technology—especially in relationship to difficult social and political questions that it poses. During her Eyebeam fellowship Ptak will extensively research the history of cyberfeminism—looking in particular at its artistic practices since the early 1990s.

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Katie Torn is a digital media artist and professor currently living in New York City. Her work employs computer programs used for Hollywood films and commercials to create experimental video works and digital prints that reflect observations on American consumerism, culture, and its impact on the environment and human body. Inspired by Cubism and Futurism, movements that strived to find new ways to express what life was like in an industrial age, Katie uses new technologies to express what life is like in the digital age where interacting in a virtual space is an everyday activity.

Katie studied studio art at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, graduating with an MFA in 2012.Most recently she performed a live video piece at VIA Music and New Media Festival in Pittsburgh, screened work at SPACE 1026 in Philadelphia, and exhibited work at Platform gallery in New York City. She has a two-person show coming up this fall at Roots and Culture Contemporary Art Center in Chicago.

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Brad Troemel is an artist, writer, and instructor living in New York. His work is concerned with forms of decentraliziation and decontextualization as they pertain to culture dispersed through digital media. His writing can be seen in Dis Magazine and he is presently an instructor at Pratt and the Bruce High Quality Foundation University. E-mail or friend request him, he'd be happy to talk to you.

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Open(Art) Fellow Forrest Oliphant is a media designer based in Helsinki and North Carolina working on Meemoo hackable creative web apps.  The main design goal of this project is to extend creative open-source software hackability to a wider audience. Meemoo apps can be built, shared, forked, and hacked all in the browser. Forrest graduated from the MA in New Media program at Media Lab Helsinki in 2012.

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Open(Art) Fellow Toby Schachman is an artist and programmer with a background in mathematics. He has worked in the contexts of internet startup culture, Hollywood 3D animation, exploring perception through interactive art, and teaching computers to understand stories.

Toby's current focus is creating alternative interfaces for programming computers. These interfaces are targeted at alternative programmers, artists and creative explorers with non-technical backgrounds. Toby graduated in 2006 from MIT with a bachelor's degree in Mathematics with Computer Science, and received a master's degree in 2012 from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU.