Recent Projects


Friday, July 15th - August 8th

In a city constantly moving forward and erasing its relationship with the past, Scenes from Last Week: W. 14th St. seeks to re-insert the past into the present. The work is a public art installation that uses video surveillance cameras and monitors in two storefronts directly across the street from each other on 218 and 225 14th st. Moniotrs facing the street show the current view the and the view from seven the previous days synchronized to the current moment, giving the passerby the chance to see the  recent history of where they are standing. The work creates a perceptual trip wire into the past, intended to reawaken our senses to the randomness and ritual in our daily environment.

Opening: Friday, July 15th from 6 - 8 pm @ 225 14th St. - Rags-A-GoGo

Art in Odd Places is a collaborative partner for this project.

Check out this video about the project from the version in midtown at the Roger Smith Hotel.

Check out hi-rez images or post your photos to sflw on flickr or twitter #sflw

Surveillance portraits a and b of people encountering/reacting to the work in midtown.





Hit Me! is a two-player hyper-interactive, physical game that tests speed, agility and the ability to take good snapshots. Utilizing wireless technology and incorporating the concept of the metagame, Hit Me! encourages face-to-face real-world interactions, not only by the players but also by the spectators.

The object of the game is to hit the opponent's button on top of the head. Once a hit is made, the hitter's camera takes a snapshot of the victim. The hitter receives a point for the hit, and up to 2 additional points can be awarded by the Judge based on the quality of the snapshot. The snapshots, points and times are projected on a wall for spectators to observe.


Commodity Cropism is a multi-channel video installation that culture-jams the highly stylized trope of commercials in order to look at three problematic monocultures of industrial agriculture: corn, soy, and sugar. U.S. Farm Bill subsidies for these (as well as other commodity crops) encourage greenhouse gas emissions, cheap and unhealthy foods and food fillers, sick animals whose meat enters our food system, extreme pesticide use, and damage to soil and water sources. The project seeks to expose veiled information about these crops and provide the public with data left out or obscured by loosely monitored food production and labeling systems.


Sponsored in part by MSE Audio Group.


Emoji Dick is a crowd sourced and crowd funded translation of Herman Melville's Moby Dick into Japanese emoticons called emoji.

Each of the book's approximately 10,000 sentences has been translated three times by a Amazon Mechanical Turk worker. These results have been voted upon by another set of workers, and the most popular version of each sentence has been selected for inclusion in this book.

In total, over eight hundred people spent approximately 3,795,980 seconds working to create this book. Each worker was paid five cents per translation and two cents per vote per translation.

The funds to pay the Amazon Turk workers and print the initial run of this book were raised from eighty three people over the course of thirty days using the funding platform Kickstarter.


The Challenge: Visualize Your Taxes

We give you the numbers; you make them speak to us.

Every year, Americans fill out income tax forms and make their payments to the IRS. It’s an important civic duty, but do we really know where our tax dollars go? Using data provided by, Eyebeam challenges you to create data visualizations that make it easier and more interesting for taxpayers to understand just how the government spends our money.

Our expert jury will be awarding $10,000 – including $5,000 for the top interactive web application, graphic, or video submitted by an individual or a team. All winners will be featured on, the Official Google Blog,, and Fast Company’s design blog, Co.Design. You must be a U.S. resident and 18 years of age to be eligble for an award. Entries are due midnight, March 27, 2011; winners are announced on Tax Day, April 18.

Eyebeam believes that open culture, creative design, and compelling data visualization have the capacity to make information transparent, educate citizens, and change communities. The Data Viz Challenge is a call to action – to show and to see how our tax dollars are spent.

Check out to learn more about the challenge, view examples, and get the data.

Live in the NYC area? Join a team of data viz all-stars to get hands-on support in designing your own visualization on February 26 at Eyebeam. Register here.

This challenge was created by Eyebeam and Google, with data provided by


OPEN INTERNET is a public intervention

video: 4:06 min

Aram Bartholl "I've been looking at these cheaply produced, super low resolution LED signs (the IRL animated gif ;-) for a while already. End of last year I filmed this meaningful pair in a kiosk window in Berlin and fell in love with them. First I used the picture for the SPEED SHOW 5 title in Paris but I had to take it a bit further. :) You find LED signs in any shopping window especially in EU these days. There are also many OPEN signs in US but hardly any INTERNET signs. I had to change that! :)

The OPEN INTERNET intervention was produced during my residency stay at EYEBEAM."



'How to make your own MOMA artist pass' is critcal DIY tutorial which tries to raise awareness on how media- and Internet based art and artists are underrepresented and often ignored by the big players of fine art institutions like MOMA.

published on F.A.T. 1st of February 2011


1. Download your pass here.
2. Print it on heavy paper, both sides.
3. Insert your name with a pen.
4. Visit MOMA a whole year for free!

You are only eligible to obtain an MOMA artist annual pass (25,-$) (regular entrance fee 20,- $ !!!) if you can proof  that you had 'OFF-LINE' !!!  art shows. Can you believe that? Online art doesn't count in?!? We need to change that.

The making of the Free MOMA pass:

Let's scan this!

It seems I am artist number #7156 which got an artist pass. (This year? Since the system was implemented? Doesn t matter in fact.) The  entrance guard will just scan the code and look at the read out if the pass is valid. Code format is CODE_39. Ok nice!

Let's scan the whole thing in high res!

We better generate that magic code A000000000007156 again at Online Barcode Generator for better print quality  :-) You might wanna also just become the artist pass owner #7155 in case they kick Aram Bartholl out of the DB for some reason. ;-)

Done! I recommend the Andy Warhol: Motion Pictures show on 5th floor. Awesome! Let's meet for a make out flashmob in that 'exhibtion' cinema ;-)
You might also just go to Free Friday Nights, held every Friday evening from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m :-)]


In 2007 Brooke Singer produced an online data visualization site, Superfund365 (, exhibited at Eyebeam in 2008 as part of the Feedback exhibition.  The project and web site highlighted a different Superfund site or the worst contaminated sites as designated by the EPA each day for a year. Currently she is working on a photography and book project drawing from that large online archive and her experiences visiting communities across the nation affected by Superfund. She is choosing which sites to photograph with her large format camera for a variety of reasons: the site has a fascinating history, a site’s stakeholders are in contention over its future use, a site’s history is exemplary of how places become contaminated or a site appears anything but toxic. Sometimes an eloquent user contribution to the online archive compels a visit. Many of her photographs capture the extreme ordinariness of the locations (they are everywhere). Some of the places are rendered invisible through their neglect. Others have all but erased their Superfund status through new uses over time.

The project is as an alternative history to the United States. It traces the development and confluence of industry, economy, land use, ecology and environmental health over time.

When Brooke began working on Superfund issues, there were no sites within New York City. In 2010, two sites in Brooklyn, Gowanus Canal and Newtown Creek, were designated Superfund. For this reason this story is particularly important for New Yorkers.


For most of the 200,000 women in the United States diagnosed with breast cancer each year, medical imaging is the entry point into the disease. Yet, rarely does a woman get to see her M.R.I. or get a sense of the shape or physicality of the malignancy inside her. Research suggests that tumor visualization can be an important aspect of dealing with the aftermath of cancer, with positive psychological and possibly physiological effects on patients.

After a personal diagnosis of breast cancer, with the help of radiologists we digitally imaged breast cancer tumors obtained from the M.R.I.’s of patients and friends. Through a complex process going from medical imaging to 3D software, which we elaborated during our residency at Eyebeam, we produced concrete forms of breast cancer tumors on the Stratasys Dimension 3D printer. From these 3D prints, we made molds and cast the tumor forms into personal pendants, fetishes, sculptures and an installation. These objects are externalizations of unseen malignancies, which stand in for the extracted tumors.



In the Counter Kitchen (TCK) we will be turning things upside down from the inside-out. Science and marketing have made product labels nearly impossible to decode. Learn how to reverse engineer your favorite food, personal care and household products using TCK tools and measurement systems. We will simultaneously turn you into a translator, detective, chemist and cook. Stop by to take a whiff, stay a while to help us in the kitchen or bring a product for us to explore.