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Upgrade! NY is a monthly programming series co-produced by Eyebeam and Not An Alternative. Since June 2009, Upgrade! NY has been organizing a thematic series on open source as it relates to activism and creative practice. Upgrade! NY is the New York node of the international Upgrade! network.

Upgrade! is an international network of autonomous nodes located throughout the world that are united by art, technology, and a commitment to bridging cultural divides. Its decentralized, non-hierarchical structure ensures that Upgrade! (i) operates according to local interests and their available resources; and (ii) reflects current creative engagement with cutting edge technologies. While individual nodes present new media projects, engage in informal critique, and foster dialogue and collaboration between individual artists, Upgrade! International functions as an online, global network that gathers annually in different cities to meet one another, showcase local art, and work on the agenda for the following year.

Upgrade! NY Background: Since April 1999, a group of new media artists and curators have gathered in New York City. The first meeting took place at a bar in the east village with Tim Whidden & Mark River [MTAA], Mark Napier and founder, media artist Yael Kanarek. Upgrade! NY partnered with Eyebeam Art + Technology Center in March 2000, and is currently co-produced by Eyebeam and Not An Alternative.

For more information about upcoming and past Upgrade! NY events, visit upgradeny.net.