The Spring 2002 ASA-Program took place at Eyebeam Atelier's new West 21st Street classroom and served 30 NYC public middle and high school students, selected with the assistance of the Manhattan Superintendents Office. The 12-week program focused on the themes of teen identity and the deconstruction of media messages about teens. Students worked in a studio environment; learning different media tools via an instructor and a diverse group of guest speakers from the art and technology fields. The ASA students rotated to work with different students in small teams throughout the semester, with the ultimate goal of finishing a series of small projects for their digital portfolios. Student work was presented at the Eyebeam exhibition space during a family art and technology showcase at the end of the program.
Middle School students participated in Acoustic Ecology and Soundscape Recording. Hearing goes largely under-utilized in contemporary society, frequently being relegated to a mere accentuation of our visual world. In this course, participants will be exposed to a wide range of ideas, techniques and technologies for focusing and sensitizing their aural awareness of the world around them. They will consider how enhancing this aural awareness can alter their relationship to the urban environment and what impact human sound making has on that environment
ASA Spring 2004 The Spring 2004 class, entitled Recycling Media, was initially planned as an experiment in combining the processes of stop-motion animation with that of collage and video appropriation. Teaching Artist Andrew Lynn originally envisioned a single experimental documentary being the product of this class, but the course evolved according to the needs and wishes of the students, and instead produced several short ones. "I could not have planned a course to turn out such diverse projects as the ones produced here in the past weeks," stated Lynn. "The work seems to be a result of me letting go of some of the core ideas that were important to me at the outset and embracing the new ones that were brought to table by the student artists."
High School Fakes: Digital Documentary and the Animation of ‘Truth’ Teaching Artist: Benj Gerdes Experiments in simulation, forgery and dishonest documentary provided a basis for a class dialogue around ethics and the concept of truth in our contemporary political moment, alongside reconsiderations of the relationship of sound, image, and text in critical art practices.
Middle School Electronic Recycling Teaching Artist: Federico Muelas Students worked with Basic Stamp microcontrollers, commonly used sensors (light, motion, heat, touch, etc), and basic physical computing to control “hacked” old and/or out of order devices such us VCRs, slide projectors, computers, and electronic toys. The 'recycled' equipment was re-engineered to develop a series of projects which comprise a visitor-driven interactive installation.
After-School Atelier (ASA) is a semester-long program that provides NYC public high school and middle school students the opportunity to work in a studio environment and develop new media art projects under the guidance of Eyebeam's Teaching Artists. Students work on independent and collaborative projects using digital video or sound, robotics, circuitry, and/or web programming with the selected Teaching Artists, professional mentors, education staff and their peers.
ASA Spring 2006 Course Descriptions:
Benton Bainbridge's ASA Class - "VJ-U": This is a hands-on workshop to learn the tools and techniques of the Video Jockey, including computer and standalone hardware tools for audiovisual clip production, live performance and display.
Key "VJ-U" concepts, philosophies and exercises include:
Reiffsteck is an independent writer, director, and producer currently working for Bizibi Productions-Paris on a project about open source entertainment in New York City. In 2001 he was selected as one of the top 8 up-and-coming directors for Emergence, the French Sundance Institute. After being the Director of Programming for more than five years at popular art-house cinemas near Paris, Eric returned to school to study film production at the National French Film School, la Femis. In 1997, he founded his own production company, Bizibi, which is currently headed by Emmanuel Agneray. Eric's first movie, the feature-length documentary Neba, was released in 2001 on France 2 and received critical attention for its subtle portrayal of the African immigrant experience.
What has been traditionally understood as "arts education" at other institutions stands apart at Eyebeam, as our youth programs put aspiring young artists together in a collaborative environment with emerging and established practitioners from the community.
Eric Reiffstecks's After-School Atelier high school class Viewership, Authorship, Ownership was an investigation of ownership in both literal and conceptual terms. Students explored re-appropriation of media entertainment to build a sense of self through media self-portraits, and were made aware of timely and relevant issues of copyright and borrowing media.... in the end, your self-portrait may not be your own.
Rosenthal's After-School Atelier middle school course, Acoustic Ecology and Soundscape Recording, exposed participants to a wide range of ideas, techniques and technologies for focusing and sensitizing aural awareness of the world. Listeners consider how enhancing this aural awareness can alter their relationship to the urban environment and what impact human sound-making has on that environment. Rosenthal's students developed self-reflective aural archives using the sounds of their homes, neighborhoods, families and friends.