Recent Projects

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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

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"Mr. T1" is a bandwidth meter detector that runs as a standalone, cross-platform (OSX, Linux, Windows) application. The project constantly checks the current speed of the connected network and if it reaches that of a standard T1 line (1.5mbit/sec) or higher then a Mr.T sound sample is triggered in the form of "I Pity The Fool" or one of Mr.T's other various sayings. The project playfully examines the metaphorical connection between fictional characters from mainstream entertainment media and the naming conventions of modern communication systems such as the Internet

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GPS-HOG is an open-source toolkit to allow its user to ensure they are the only one occupying any single location on Earth. The idea is presented as a critical approach to the multitude of consumer devices with integrated GPS hardware that allow for people to keep track of their locations through a global network of satellites. As international population levels rise, crowds are becoming more common in public spaces to the point where solitude is often hard to find. Even with specified waypoints that allow for near pin-point accuracy in location determinism, the system is continually over-burdened with multiple devices attempting to receive coordinate data in similar locations. The project is presented as a step toward enabling solitude through coordination retrieval.

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We are developing and researching design techniques inspired by the degraded aesthetic of the hobbyist, amateur and geek. This work re-imagines the original spirit of the Internet before the dotcom gold rush. The "Summer of HTML" Tour took Dirt Style Design on the road.

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Pizza Party was commissioned by Eyebeam R&D for media artist Cory Arcangel as part of his work in the work in the 2004 Whitney Biennial, and implemented by R&D Fellow Mike Frumin. It is a free text based software package for ordering pizza, or for throwing pizza parties. It has many features to make ordering pizza easy:

  • Can order pizza with only a few keystrokes.
  • Can save pizza preferences.
  • Can use batch files for ordering many pizzas.
  • Has easy to use flags for ordering different toppings.
  • Runs on most UNIX-like operating systems.
  • Supports most currently popular topings like "mushrooms", and "pepperoni"
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Noderunner is a game that transforms a city into a playing field. Two teams race against time to access as many wireless Internet nodes as possible. To prove that they have successfully connected to an open node, each team must submit photographic proof to the Noderunner weblog. During game play, the weblog becomes a busy scoreboard tracking the competing teams in real time. After the game, the photos provide visual documentation of the path taken by each team and public spaces that have free wireless connectivity. Winner of the 2003 Golden Nica award for Net Vision from Ars Electronica.

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ACCESS lets you track anonymous individuals in public places, by pursuing them with a robotic spotlight and acoustic beam system. The work provokes questions about surveillance technology, contemporary advertising, and the entertainment industry. ACCESS was created by Eyebeam resident Marie Sester and is the winner of the 2004 Webby Award for Net Art.

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Based on the EARTH dataset, individual terrain sections are printed with the 3d Systems solid object printer. These rapid prototyping prints then become the molds for archival plaster casts. The casts then become a projection surface for digital data from the specific locations.  Using only a single 35mm slide projector, "Discrete Terrains" are the absolute simplest technological reduction of the "EARTH" and "Terrain Machine" projects.