Recent Projects

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¨There was much climbing over and under various obstructions, but the line felt amazingly serene. It was like a secret world above all the traffic and the noise… The next time you are walking down in Chelsea, think about the secret world above your head. It's worth keeping the line just so people can dream about it.¨
--Jake Dobkin, 2002 (comments from one of many grass-routes websites documenting the High Line in words and images)

Liisa Roberts, a recipient of the Oscar M. Ruebhausen Commission, will work with Eyebeam's Production Studios to create a series of short films based on individual New Yorkers' experiences and visions of the long abandoned, elevated, west-side railroad line, known as the High Line. The films will attempt to document the unique personal significance the High Line has held for many residents as a kind of secret garden, at a time when the High Line's identity and physical structure are being transformed into that of a public venue.

In previous projects such as the sound installation 'Sidewalk,' created for ArtPace in San Antonio, TX in 1999, and in the community based multi-media project 'What’s the Time in Vyborg?' initiated in 2000, Roberts has worked with the representation of subjective factors which shape a community's perception of urban monuments.

In this project, Roberts would like to help preserve private histories of those who have encountered the High Line in the past, to create a living archaeology that will allow visitors to the renovated Line to experience the site in uniquely personal ways. Her collaborators will be selected from people who attend High Line community meetings. The short films they create will give form to a fleeting sense of connection to place, which is part memory, part fiction and part wishful projection, to give public expression to the undocumented history of a New York City landmark.

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Aperture focuses on the ways sound and light affect spatial perception. Multi-channel sonic textures, generated from recordings of existing spaces, encircle the space of the installation. A low-hung rear-projected ceiling is used not as a display, but as a light source, describing arcs of motion, intensity and color. Transitions between audiovisual textures echo transitional places in architecture, places that deal with changes in scale, use, material and motion. By contextualizing these changes of sound and light in physical space, Aperture enables visitors to gain a greater awareness of the composition of their individual perceptions of space.

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Flatland; Seminal Events, More Or Less is a found-footage video assembled from clips culled from Rick Prelinger's online archive of ephemeral film. In addition to traditional montage-editing techniques, the piece will be assembled through extensive compositing and rotoscoping work in the pursuit of creating a fluid narrative. The Prelinger Archives contain a vast number of educational, corporate, commercial, amateur, and military films from a bygone era. The piece is an attempt to demonstrate the potential of alternative media outlets, such as open-source media, sampling, and the spread of intellectual property through the internet.

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FORWARD is a whimsical 3D animated piece about life. A single figure is projected onto the four walls of a room, running in a continuous loop. He moves forward as we do through time. He walks and skips along at an easy pace until suddenly pummeled by a meteor. At first dismay and fear prevent him from moving forward, but he gathers courage and faces into a storm of meteors, at times struggling to move at all. When the storm lightens, he is able to move forward again. This same cycle repeats itself, mirroring the ups and downs we face in our own lives.

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PleaseSpam.Us (PSU) is a web 2.0 based collaborative filtering project and voting system that encourages people to submit email addresses and vote on whether those addresses are worthy of attracting spammers. If an address receives enough "votes", it is then placed on the front page of the website which is built with the intention of attracting "SpamBots" that will eventually deliver messages to those implicated. The project attempts to critically re-examine the proliferation of electronic communications systems such as email that are built to facilitate instantaneous communication between people as well as to question the advent of collaborative filtering (used by sites like DIGG and all of the "DIGG copycat sites" and "Reputation Systems") as found on many commercial and community oriented sites. The ultimate intention with the project is to explore the tensions of utilizing spam as a cultural and social tool to encourage the debate of how these social systems often work to polarize opinions and pigeonhole debate into specified channels. Instead of voting on general topics of interest which is the focus of these types of sites, PSU is focused on giving a collaborative voice to bringing the abuse of email as a mass broadcasting system into public attention and discussions. The project is also meant to expose the methods and ways Spammers are using to find people's email addresses for spamming and implicate ways of stopping this from happening.

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Audio Apace, 2005

Audio Space is a 3D augmented aural space. A user wearing a headset can leave messages at any point within the room and hear all the sounds left by everyone before them spatialised as if the people were really still there. It has been exhibited at ICHIM 05 in Paris and at the 2006 Eyebeam Summer Exhibition in New York.
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SlashLinks is a tool developed by Eyebeam R&D for automatically mirroring links from the popular social-bookmarking service del.icio.us to your personal or institutional website. Posting, tagging, and management still occur within the del.icio.us interface, but design and layout can now be fully customized on your mirrored site. The tool also adds blog-like year/month/day archives (similar to Kottke.org's remaindered links) to the typical del.icio.us or flickr style tag browsing. SlashLinks was motivated, in part, by the desire to keep the intuitive URL navigation provided by del.icio.us and common with blogs while allowing for design/layout custimization to suit the user's taste. Additionally, when republished on your own site, all of your links become accessible to search engines—effectively casting your vote for what other sites or pages deserve top placement in search results. SlashLinks is written in Ruby on Rails but built to plug into existing sites that are not.

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OGLE (i.e. OpenGLExtractor) is software package by Eyebeam R&D that allows for the capture and re-use of 3D geometry data from 3D graphics applications running on Microsoft Windows. It works by observing the data flowing between 3D applications and the system's OpenGL library, and recording that data in a standard 3D file format. The primary motivation for developing OGLE is to make available for re-use the 3D forms we see and interact with in our favorite 3D applications. Video gamers have a certain love affair with characters from their favorite games; animators may wish to reuse environments or objects from other applications or animations which dont provide data-level access; architects could use this to bring 3D forms into their proposals and renderings; and digital fabrication technologies make it possible to automatically instantiate 3D objects in the real world.

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Personal Kyoto is a tool for New York ConEd customers that allows them to track their residential or commercial electric usage and work towards the goal of decreasing that usage. Personal Kyoto gives every user a reduced electric consumption goal (along with metrics that allow them to track their progress towards that goal) that is determined from their unique historical energy usage and historical energy use increases for the average American since 1990—the benchmark year for the Kyoto Protocol standard.

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In a high-population-density city, inhabitants must be prepared to defend their own personal space. Technologies that increase personal productivity are on the rise, even though they may intrude on others. The unavoidable reaction is to create technologies that counteract other peoples devices. Wave Bubble is a product that counters the all-too-familiar annoyance of loud ring tones and overt cell-phone conversations in public. Wave Bubble is a self-tuning, wide-bandwidth portable WiFi/cellular/Bluetooth/GPS/etc. RF jammer. The device is lightweight and small for easy camoflauging: it is the size of a pack of cigarettes. Output power is 0.1W (high bands) and 0.3W (low bands). Effective range is approximately 20' radius with well-tuned antennas. An internal lithium-ion battery provides up to 2 hours of jamming.