Recent Projects

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"Gingerbreed- The Live Action Motion Picture" is a feature-length independent animated movie directed by Jonathan Dorfman and Szymon Weglarski, and is being produced by the Production Artist Workshop in Eyebeam's Moving Image Division. A Sci-Fi Thriller, based mainly on improvised comedy, the film is set in a "Retro-Tech" future, and follows an international team of Astronauts and Cosmonauts on an exciting voyage from Russia to Mars.

The project makes use of experimental editing techniques and the latest in CGI special effects, combining live actors with animation to achieve a unique mixed-media aesthetic. Coupling blue screen technology with Improvisational comedy allows the actors the unique opportunity to interact with virtual sets and characters of their own creation. In other words, anything that the actors think of "on the spot" can be animated and added into the scene at a later date. The results are unconventional, and hilarious. The film is currently in post-production and is seeking finishing funds and distribution.

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Increasingly aware of the daily, ever increasing intensity of American identity peddling, I began to reflect on my own child hood and the perpetual contest that made up the seemingly perfect American suburbia I was raised in. Thoughts of my father, always concerned with what the neighbors thought and how he was doing compared to them, were the genesis of America Dreams.

In the first piece of this series, The Joneses, depicts two middle class working men, silent in there jealousy and desire to have more and better things than the other, drive their identical cars head-on into each other, feet hard on their gas peddles, in soft collision of mutual consent that joins their cars into one over time.

Thinking about the icons and stereotypes that came from my father's generation, the second piece of the triptych called Go West, was born from the great road films of the 60's. In this composition, a Porsche Spyder, driven by a "classic rebel" and his girlfriend with the wind in their hair, tries to pull away from its merged fraternal twin, a 50's Ford truck occupied by an old, worn-down farmer and his dog.

With Sigh of Me's two VW Beetle, one 60's and one contemporary model, are joined at their sides and face opposite directions, like misfortunate Siamese twins. In the drivers seat of each car is a hipster girl styled appropriately for her respective era, one dressed as a 60's Nancy Sinatra and her twin, now in her later years, attempting to recapture her youth. Both have shopping bags in their respective cars, filled with clothes, records, etc., and a blank expression on their faces - deflated after shopping, only able to go round and round in this consuming cycle forever.

These three compositions will be created as photorealistic computer graphic 3D models, and out put as large format color prints. Brief animations will be shown along side the prints, situating these automotive events in various diverse everyday settings. It is my hope that full life-size replicas of these vehicles and their occupants can eventually be made to manifest these hyper real events in perpetual plastic.

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James Clar's Color Shift is a physical clock that represents time through constantly shifting colors in the display. Consisting of tri-color LEDs, Color Shift assigns Red, Green, and Blue to the specific units of time; Hours, Minutes, Seconds. As time progresses throughout the day, the colors overlap and combine to create new colors. At specific moments of the day, all three colors will combine to create white light. "Color Shift" combines technological functionality with theory, allowing the user to think about the visual perception of color and its constant change throughout the time of day with the sun's constant angle and intensity shifts.

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Andreas Berner's Moments project visually represents memories of people that are close to him. The stories reflect on the feeling of being alone, establishing a dichotomy between the notion of isolation and solitude that underlie the feeling that the memories are based on. It is a project that talks about in-between events that take place when one least expects them, situations that are more felt that observed during moments of utmost uncertainty. Told without narration, Berner would like chronicle a simplicity without sentimentality that sometimes borders on the mundane, to reflect on moments that could none the less mark a life-altering process.

The piece consists of an even amount (2, 4, etc.) of significant personal memories related to Berner by close friends in a single paragraph. The experiences relate to specific memories that either concern Isolation, defined as an involuntary detachment from others, a negative incentive, or Solitude, the voluntary condition of separating from others; a positive incentive. The identities of the participants will not be revealed. The piece will consist of mixed media: collage, photogram, film, video, 3D etc., will be used to underscore the multiple encoded memory pool that the events are being drawn from.

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PeopleProducts123 reconnects labor and products through improved packaging which features images and stories about the workers who make them. This improved packaging is placed in stores using a technique called shopdropping, the opposite of shoplifting, in which items are clandestinely left in retail environments.

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An online tool for mashing up animated gifs from around the web.

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Public action and video documentation of project covering HDTV display ads in the New York City subway. The project was inspired by Ji Lee's Abstractor.TV and released to the public domain. It has since helped inspire a later project called Pixelator http://www.jasoneppink.com/pixelator. A collaboration between the Anti-Advertising Agency and Graffiti Research Lab.

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The Mobile Broadcast Unit with L.A.S.E.R Tag System (LTS) is the latest Open Source, Weapon of Mass Defacement developed by the Graffiti Research Lab in the Eyebeam R&D OpenLab. NYC! This tactical tool allows any citizen, graff writer, artist or protester to use a projector, camera and laser to write, in real-time, on large-scale surfaces and structures from a distance of 100's of meters away. Citizens can post their art, messages and propaganda on a scale previously monopolized by advertisers, governments, major media, and other cultural tyrants. The BMU + LTS is self-contained and mobile, mounted on a giant trike. This unit has its own power supply, custom armatures and a 1200 watt audio system. Like previous work by the GRL, the MBU + LTS has been created as a tool to amplify the voices of everyday citizens and people in the fringe: artists, activists, pranksters and other undesirables in opposition to the dominant global cultural forces of consumerism, control and oppression. By Graffiti Research Lab

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Wifi Liberator is an open-source toolkit for a laptop computer that enables its user to "liberate" pay-per-use wireless networks and create a free, open node that anyone can connect to for Internet access. The project is presented as a challenge to existing corporate or "locked" private wireless nodes to encourage the proliferation of free networks and connectivity across the planet. The project was inspired by the ongoing "battle" between providers broadcasting wireless signals in public spaces, in particular: corporate entities, wireless community groups, individual users, and proponents of open networks. Like my Wifi-Hog project, the Wifi-Liberator critically examines the tensions between providers trying to profit from the increasingly minimal costs associated with setting up a public network and casual users who simply want to see the Internet transform into another "public utility" and become as ubiquitous and free as the air we breath. The project targets pay-per-use wireless networks as often found in airports, other public terminals, hotels, global-chain coffee shops, and other public waiting points. (Includes PingTunnel by Daniel Stoedle, OSX GUI port by Peter Brindisi)

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Join Eyebeam artists, residents, fellows and staff in a collective creative sprint!

Organized by Eyebeam R&D Fellow Mouna Andraos you're invited you to join in a daily creative endeavor where everyone involved produces one thing (project, sketch, exercise) per day and shares them online on a collective blog. These projects are intended to be brief explorations and should be viewed as such. Take advantage of the opportunity to share ideas and receive constructive advice while developing new work. - For 4 weeks starting on Thursday the 1st
- Choose your own themes, one per week.
- Create one new work/exercise a day.
- Work in any medium.
- And post your work on the group blog every day.

Daily uploads shouldn't exceed 200K but participants are encouraged to provide links to larger works hosted elsewhere. Projects can be viewed at http://itp.nyu.edu/creativeact.

 

A daily creative endeavor where everyone involved produced one thing (project, sketch, exercise) per day and shares them online on a collective blog. The first thing-a-day sprint happened in February 2007 with over 1200 individual pieces created by participants from all over. A second round is being cooked up for July. Created in collaboration with Mohit Santram and based on an original idea by Ze Frank—amongst others. by Mouna Andraos