In Stranger Visions artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg creates portrait sculptures from analyses of genetic material collected in public places. Working with the traces strangers unwittingly leave behind, Dewey-Hagborg calls attention to the impulse toward genetic determinism and the potential for a culture of genetic surveillance.
"Prior Art" is an animated short that uses Kinect motion capture to depict a friendly music contest gone horribly wrong—a musical duel between three robots and a flock of singing birds.
Quotidian Record is a limited edition LP that features a continuous year of personal location-tracking data recorded by Brian House. In compressing 365 days to 365 rotations and mapping habitual places to harmonic relationships, he hopes to prompt our musical perception when we consider our daily travels.
Occu-bot is a D.I.Y robot for occupation and picket holding. Management-bot (also known as the Financier) is a walking bot that accompanies the Occubot. Barking-bot is a megaphone-dog that confronts the Occubot and protects the Management-bot.
For more information http://taeyoonchoi.com/2011/12/occu-bot-and-financier-bot/
The Creatomatic is a piece of software designed to help its users conceive new artworks. It operates by randomly juxtaposing drawings of two everyday objects from a large selection, which a user can combine to invent something new. The software is given to a group of artists, and the results are exihibted at Eyebeam.
"Candelier" by Takeshi Miyakawa
"Cactus Straw" by Jacob Tonski
"Tape Dispenser Particle" by Greg Witt
The Spacepod is a chamber that projects auditory architecture around a listener. Using an omnidirectional array of speakers, it produces a sensation of auditory surfaces using ambisonic localization, psychoacoustic cues, and parametric mapping. Effectively, one finds oneself navigating by ear a world in which every surface is covered in sound-emitting pores. The Spacepod functions as a sort of spacecraft that sends the listener flying through auditory spaces that would be impossible or prohibitive to construct physically, without any of the constraints of bodily mass.
This piece is the outcome of research and experimentation conducted by students of the 'Collaborative Media Workshop.' This workshop, led by Andrew Demirjian at Eyebeam, introduced students to technical methods and aesthetic strategies for producing audiovisuals in spatialized art installations.
The students' final project, entitled VTE, is an algorithmically edited work composed of sound and video captured from various New York City elevators. Eight channels of rhythmic audio play while three projectors cast synced video onto a 10 ft. high cube. The cube and periphonic audio system were developed in August 2011 by Jackson Moore.
Gifpumper is collaborative web creation platform.
All changes are broadcast in real-time to anyone else viewing the page. Users can interact with one another by adding, deleting and moving elements. The resulting pages can also be used as a blog or a personal website with a custom url. Standard social-media features are present as well in the form of a 'like' button, recent activity feed and profile pages. At any given moment users can see 'active pages' on the main site indicating presence of others.
The Caloris Basin is a new technique for concentrating sunlight to useful temperatures. Presently the energy is used for cooking, and many more uses are possible. It is based on an excavated hemisphere in the ground, and so is significantly less expensive to produce than standard troughs and dishes. Materials research was done at eyebeam, and prototypes are being tested all over North America. Workshops have been held with Sweatshop in Tijuana, Mexico and in Coatzacoalcos, Mexico, with more planned internationally. BjornQorn is a New York based food company that is testing the technology on a commercial scale, to make popcorn.
Wearable Weapons awaken the power of vulnerability.
Wearable Weapons is currently building visual and interactive wearable costumes for an entertainer or singer to wear during a performance or music video.
Right now we are focusing on building a new series of collars with hacked Violet Wands connected to software that pulses mini-electrical arcs through voice interaction. This is part of a larger series of interactive costumes built with different forms of electricity, fire, sound sensors, open source software, hardware, plant fibers, confiscated scissors from airport security, recycled razor blades, and zip ties.
You might ask... and what are Violet Wands?
Violet Wands are electro medical devices recommended by Edgar Cayce as a healing tool and invented by Nicola Tesla. Violet Wands are also modern, electrical, kink or highly erotic electro-stimulation tools. They are used for the application of low current, high voltage (min 25 kV to max 65 kV), high-frequency, electricity to the body. Violets Wands are sold both to the police department and the S&M community. The wands have a variety of intensity levels that do anything from burn to arouse the end receiver.