Eyebeam provides space and support for a community of diverse, justice-driven artists.
The Eyebeam residency is a prestigious award for those creating work which engages technology and society, through art. Residents’ projects are experimental and wildly interdisciplinary, often existing outside of more traditional structures in the fields of both art and technology. With this in mind, Eyebeam invests in this groundbreaking work by providing the space and resources needed for the deep research, risk taking, and invention. In the past 20 years, Eyebeam has supported more than 500 artists through our residency program.
Residents work in the shared Eyebeam workspace in Brooklyn on experimental, interdisciplinary projects with a goal towards invention and impact. They receive a generous financial stipend, public platforms to share their work and research, and access to a dynamic far-reaching community. There are also many opportunities to engage with partner organizations and visiting professionals who are working creatively as technologists, activists, and stewards of ideas in their fields.
Work generated by artists during their residency—whether art, research, code, or machines—are to be made open source and accessible to the public through means like teaching tools, open events, public repositories, and documentation.
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These residents are all working on projects guided by the central prompt “what are the terms of refusal?”
When ideals of capitalist progress become the driver of societal value, a position of refusal can be a political and necessary act. Eyebeam’s 2020 Residency Open Call asks applicants to consider refusal as it relates to technology and its impact on society. How do acts of refusal manifest in one’s life and work poetically or directly?
Guided by the central prompt “what are the terms of refusal?” Eyebeam’s 2020 Residency will be punctuated by four key intensives which will be focused on research, experimentation, and exchange. They will be 3-4 days in duration, and organized by international and local visiting professionals who are working creatively as technologists, activists, and stewards of ideas in their fields. The intensives will dive into ideas of refusal in direct response to the residency cohort’s projects and research.
Through exploratory process and emotionally compelling output, Eyebeam believes that artists can help us visualize and realize a more just future.
Nothing speaks louder than examples. The Eyebeam Archive hosts the past 20 years of alumni and the projects unleashed at Eyebeam.