What is Eyebeam?
Eyebeam is a studio for technology by artists founded in 1997. Eyebeam runs a residency, education programs, and an annual calendar of public events including discussions, talks, and artist presentations. Eyebeam focuses on empowering artists and helping launch tools for openness, invention and justice.
Can you give us some examples?
How does Eyebeam define technology?
Eyebeam defines technology not just as gadgets but strategies of survival. Past residents have focused their research on painting, journalism, and architecture — all engaged with technology.
What kinds of events do you hold?
Where are you located?
We are located in Bushwick at 199 Cook, Street, Brooklyn, NY 11206. Our nearest train station is the L-Morgan station. The L-Morgan station does not have an elevator. The next closest station is the JM-Flushing which does have an elevator. For information on accessible transit on the MTA visit this link
Is Eyebeam an ADA accessible space?
Accessibility: Eyebeam is an accessible space. The 199 Cook street entrance is accessible via a ramp. Restrooms on the first floor are wheelchair accessible and the second floor restrooms are wheelchair accessible via an elevator. If you require reasonable accommodation, please contact J. Soto at least two weeks prior to the event via email at [email protected] or call (415) 410-4189 (voice only).
Does Eyebeam do R&D?
Eyebeam does not do direct client work. If you have an idea for web design or a prototype, we encourage you to read the guidelines for applying for a residency.
Could I take a tour of Eyebeam?
I (or my organization) like the work that you’re doing. How can I support you?
Donate. We are a 501(c)(3) so all your donations are tax deductible. Additionally, if you are interested in partnering or sponsoring Eyebeam Residents and would like to arrange studio visits, please email [email protected] We will get back to you if we think it’s a good fit.
About the Residency
How much financial support do you offer?
Please visit our Residency page and find out more about our support. Part of the stipend must be dedicated to production, materials or events.
What am I committing to?
We generally ask that all Residents are in the Eyebeam studios three days a week, primarily for extensive professional development programs and group critique/feedback meetings. Requirements for attendance and deliverables vary by residency and depends on the residency partnership. We also ask you to be an active part of the Eyebeam team and community. Applicants may not be a resident artist in another studio program at the same time as the Eyebeam residency.
Are collaborative projects eligible for a Residency program?
Collectives and collaborations may apply, but a single person will be responsible for committing as a resident for the year, and be the point person for communications and payments. Your work samples should reflect a history of working together.
What skills do I need to have? Do I have to know something “tech-y”?
There is no standard set of skills. However, Eyebeam does not provide project-specific coding or assistance.
What is the workspace like? What equipment do you have?
Eyebeam is an open-plan studio with dedicated desks and lockers. We provide worktables, digital fabrication machinery, audio and video equipment. If you are selected for an interview, the jury will ask you about your space, equipment, and tool needs to assess how you and your project might fit within Eyebeam.
What equipment does Eyebeam currently have for resident use?
In addition to a wide selection of audio-visual equipment, Eyebeam currently has the following 3D fabrication equipment available for resident use:
- Makerbot Replicator Z18 3D Printer
- Formlabs Form +1 3D Printer
- Projet 460 Plus 3D Printer
- Modela MDX-40A 3D Milling Machine
- Epilog M2
How will my work be presented at the end of my residency?
Eyebeam is a space for production, not exhibition. You will be included in Eyebeam’s public events, education workshops, and open studios.
What other services, in terms of network and promotion, do you provide?
We strive to provide deep support via professional development and skillshares for residents, as well as studio visits, field trips, and mentorship from field leaders, mid-career artists, and established practitioners.
Do you provide housing or health insurance?
I am not an American Citizen. Is that OK?
Yes, international applicants are welcome. Upon acceptance, the applicant is responsible for securing a visa to the USA; Eyebeam will provide supporting letters and documentation. Please be aware that this process can take up to 6 months.
I don’t live in New York. Do you provide housing?
Residents are responsible for travel costs, accommodation, and moving expenses. Eyebeam staff can assist Residents in finding accommodation in New York, but we do not provide housing for residents.
I’m an alum. Can I apply for another residency?
No. However, you may apply again as part of a group, if the other members haven’t been residents. We also partner up with different organizations and try to get alums involved in these programs as much as possible.
Collectives and collaboratives can apply, but a single person (21 years or older) will be responsible for committing as a resident for the year, and be the point person for communications and payments. Your work samples should reflect a history of working together.
International applicants are welcome. On acceptance, the applicant is responsible for securing a visa to the USA; Eyebeam will provide supporting letters and documentation.
This call is open to artists and engineers who want to work within a collaborative environment for critique and support. Acceptance into the program is predicated upon applicant’s ability to commit to 3 days a week of robust professional development and group feedback participation. Applicants unable to commit to 3 days a week will be disqualified. Success of the group program is dependent on you being present regularly.
No late applications can be accepted. In person interviews will take place in June. All applicants will be notified in July.
What are the criteria for selection?
- Alignment with Eyebeam’s core values.
- Openness: All the work here is driven by an open-source ethos.
- Invention: We build on old ideas to generate new possibilities.
- Justice: Technology by artists is a move towards equity and democracy.
- Potential for success.
- Cohesiveness, originality, and urgency.
- Demonstrated track record.
- Commitment to openness and public engagement.
- A skill-set complementary to the overall makeup of the incoming cohort of Residents.
- Match between Eyebeam’s resources (including shared workspace, tools, etc) and the applicant’s needs.
Any other tips?
- Read through the application guidelines prior to beginning and follow the word limits in each section.
- In the first round, each jury member spends less than 15 minutes on your application. Clarity is paramount.
- Explain why Eyebeam specifically is the right place for you.
- Don’t propose something completely unrelated to your past work.
- Be clear and concise in explaining what you would like to do.
- Keep feasibility in mind.
- Visit the space during public events and introduce yourself to the Eyebeam community.
- The purpose and impact of your project are far more important than the tools or media you choose.
- The links to work samples should be succinct and representative of your work. Make sure that the links provide enough context.
What is the jurying process like?
For our Open Call, we have a very rigorous set of internal reviews for the first round, before passing on a shortlist of applicants to the external jurors. A subset of the shortlist is selected for interviews, and then residencies are offered based on a final review.
What if I don’t receive the residency?
We promise to give all applicants at least one sentence of feedback. We know that the time it takes to prepare an application is an investment, and want to thank all applicants for their time.
When is the next Open Call online?
What happens once I submit my application?
Applications are programmed to close automatically. You will be able to save the draft of your application as you progress until the application deadline. Upon submitting your application, you will receive a confirmation email. You will not be able to make any edits to your application after it has been submitted or after the application period closes.
I can’t use the Submittable application. How do I apply?
Email us at [email protected] at least one week before the deadline and we’ll send you a form.
How do you define alums?
We define alums as people who have worked with Eyebeam as fellows, residents, commissioned artists, or teaching artists. However, if you’ve worked in Eyebeam a lot before 2012, and think of yourself as an alum, we’ll accept you as one.
Can I use your space?
Reach out and check in with us directly.
Can you help promote my work?
We’re a small operation, but fill out our share form and we’ll do our best to drop a mention. If it’s time-sensitive, make sure you give us some notice!
What happened to the research groups?
We’ve turned research groups into Eyebeam programs and events. Alums are still welcome to have internal self-organized meetings and reading groups at Eyebeam.
I want to see everyone again! Can I host an Eyebeam alum hangout?
Yes, yes, yes – we should do that. Get in touch with us.
How do I stay in touch?
Eyebeam continues to maintain a lively list-serve—you can request to join. Also, make sure you’re on our general newsletter. And, of course, you can also reach out to any of the staff.