Recent Projects

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The latest release from Eyebeam R&D is ForwardTrack, a system for tracking and mapping the circulation of email forwards, political calls-to-action and petitions. ForwardTrack is designed to encourage activism by graphically revealing the power of social-networks and demonstrating the impact of the individual's voice in the political process. ForwardTrack is currently being beta tested via Tom's Petition and is available to the public in an open source version at the ForwardTrack site.

This was a project by Eyebeam R&D

Development: Michael Frumin, Michal Migurski

Concept: Jonah Peretti, Michael Frumin, Alex Galloway, Cory Arcangel, James Powderly, Kenyatta Cheese, Jesse Bednarz, Ian Curry (guest)

Web Design: Ann Poochareon

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The Showdown was an open competition to see who could make the most contagious website. All entries were launched on the official Contagious Media server and tracked over the three week contest period. The contest was complimented by a full day of workshops, a launch party, an awards event, and the Contagious Media exhibition at the New Museum. Final results for the contest and traffic statistics are available on the showdown web site.

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Fundrace applies novel technologies such as geocoding to federal election information adding dimension to abstract, disparate data while highlighting trends and relationships. Contributions can be tracked by name or address providing unprecedented access to political contribution through FEC records. Created by R&D fellow Mike Frumin, Fundrace was intended to create greater transparency in the role of campaign finance while making an intervention into a relevant political debate. The New York Times said “national politics has rarely hit quite so close to home," while Newsweek said Fundrace marks the “beginning of the age of geo-voyeurism."

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xtine burrough and I just published Digital Foundations: an Intro to Media Design with the Adobe Creative Suite with AIGA Design Press/New Riders under a CC license (a first for the publisher.) The book teaches the formal principles and exercises of the Bauhaus through lessons in the Adobe Creative Suite. There are a whole spate of reasons why we wrote this book, but the focus of this post is on how we were able to negotiate the Creative Commons license from New Riders, which is owned by Peachpit, which is owned by Pearson (a big big corporate big thing.)

http://www.mandiberg.com/2009/01/12/howto-negotiate-a-creative-commons-license-ten-steps/

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Anthony McCall's You and I is a light sculpture and video installation based on two 25 foot projected forms of 'solid' light.' Projecting downwards through a darkened, foggy space, the light takes on formal properties and a physicality of its own. During the course of a 60 minute viewing cycle, the two forms move in continuous motion, each gradually shifting toward the formal properties of the other until their positions have been reversed.

You and I was realized with the assistance of Eyebeam's Production Co-op, with programming by Eric Socolofsky.

Don't Let Me Down (2002)
digital video with sound (7 minutes)

Don't Let Me Down examines contemporary American culture's tenuous relationship with popular technology [such as cell phones, ATMs, and personal computers]. Through absurd juxtapositions and surreal collages, the piece problematizes conventions and assumptions our culture holds regarding technology. Borrowing equally from a variety of ideological and aesthetic rhetorics, Don't Let Me Down leaves the viewer facing the ridiculous nature of our daily, increasingly dependent relationship with technology.

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Brian Alfred’s Conspiracy? is a dual channel video animation of cityscapes, landscapes and interiors that refers to some of the many different corporate and government conspiracy theories that circulate in our information-saturated culture. Based from images gathered from media sources including the internet, the animation groups together a range of scenes related to conspiratorial thought. The work remains ambivalent as to whether any of the theories are true. However, the absence of human life in the works brings to mind the sinister implications of their possible truth, as well as the paranoid beliefs about the lengths that government and corporations go to hide their truth from the public.

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Is email a distraction? SelfControl is an OS X application which blocks access to incoming and/or outgoing mail servers and websites for a predetermined period of time. For example, you could block access to your email, facebook, and twitter for 90 minutes, but still have access to the rest of the web. Once started, it can not be undone by the application or by restarting the computer—you must wait for the timer to run out.

Developed at Eyebeam by Charlie Stigler with senior fellow Steve Lambert. Download the code here: http://github.com/slambert/selfcontrol/

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We are creating several different designs for suspended, hydroponic, modular, low-energy, high-yield light-augmented window farms using low-impact or recycled local materials. These prototype window farms, to be located in high-profile windows throughout the city, are intended to inspire other New Yorkers to design and implement their own window farms. Signs in the windowfarms will challenge New Yorker to create their own and direct them to a website where we can all share photos, plans, designs, and information. Together, we will derive viable methods for growing food under the local conditions of our own homes in a way that is efficient enough for New Yorkers' lives.

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Tune in as the most talented fingers from all over the world come together to compete in events ranging from sprinting to javelin to pole-vaulting, and ultimately celebrate what it means to be a finger, and a citizen of Earth.

The Finger Olympics started out asn an idea tossed around at Eyebeam between Friedrich Kirschner and Zach Lieberman, and eventually turned into a playable computer vision project.