Featuring artist-led experiences by Morehshin Allahyari, Taeyoon Choi, Zach Lieberman, and Lauren McCarthy.
In celebration of our 20th year, Eyebeam is hosting our first ever Silent Auction of Artist Experiences at our benefit Fête of the Future on June 18. You can also make a donation to Eyebeam to ensure we can continue providing impactful artist support.
Up for auction are four one-of-a-kind experiences, designed and led just for you by illustrious Eyebeam alumni! There is no better way to step inside the world of Eyebeam and the brilliant minds of our artists. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity, available for bidding online and in person the night of the event.
Experiences range from an animated digital portrait by Zach Lieberman, a day of being “followed” arranged by Lauren McCarthy, a private master class with Taeyoon Choi, and a 3D Additivist cooking class with Morehshin Allahyari.
Bidding is easy: just set your maximum bid and the system will continue bidding for you! You will be alerted if someone outbids you, and you can always check back in and increase your bid in increments of $100.
Auction closes both in person and online at 10pm on June 18, 2019. All payments will be processed after auction ends.
The winning bid will receive a private cooking class like no other with artist Morehshin Allahyari, where they will get hands on instruction on how to make a special “recipe” from her book The 3D Additivist Cookbook, co-edited with artist Daniel Rourke. The internationally celebrated cookbook is a compendium of imaginative, provocative works from over 100 world-leading artists, activists and theorists and contains 3D .obj and .stl files, critical and fictional texts, templates, recipes, (im)practical designs and methodologies for living in this most contradictory of times. This experience includes a private visit for you and a loved one to Allahyari’s studio, a short lesson on the history of your chosen recipe along with a complete “cooking” lesson. You will leave the studio with your very own 3D printed object as an everlasting momento from your unforgettable experience!
Eyebeam alum Morehshin Allahyari is an artist, activist, writer, and educator. She was born and raised in Iran and moved to the United States in 2007. Her work deals with the political, social, and cultural contradictions we face every day. She thinks about technology as a philosophical toolset to reflect on objects and as a poetic means to document our personal and collective lives struggles in the 21st century.
Morehshin has been part of numerous exhibitions, festivals, and workshops around the world including Venice Biennale di Archittectura, New Museum, The Whitney Museum of American Art, Pompidou Center, Museum of Contemporary Art in Montreal, Tate Modern, and Queens Museum. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, BBC, Huffington Post, Wired, and National Public Radio, among others. She is the recipient of the leading global thinkers of 2016 award by Foreign Policy magazine. Her 3D Additivist Manifesto video is in the collection of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Ever feel totally mystified and disconnected from technology, despite industry efforts to make more user-friendly “extensions” of our everyday life? Inspired by all of the creative technologists around you, but baffled by the prospect of using technology freely and intuitively, even poetically? For over 5 years, artist Taeyoon Choi has been developing a master class on “poetic computation,” which has helped over 300 people feel more empowered with technology. The master class involves hands-on coding activities, from performing with strings and drawing on paper. The recipient will have the invaluable opportunity to host a private class for up to 20 friends and colleagues in their home or office expertly led by Choi, and will leave never feeling the same way about their relationship to technology and the world around them!
Eyebeam alum Taeyoon Choi is an artist, educator, and activist based in New York and Seoul. His art practice involves performance, electronics, drawings, and installations that form the basis for storytelling in public spaces. His projects have been presented at the Shanghai Biennale, Shanghai (2012), SeMA Biennale Mediacity Seoul (2016), Los Angeles County Museum of Art, LA (2014) and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2019). Choi co-founded the School for Poetic Computation where he continues to organize, teach and build community. Recently, he’s been focusing on enhancing accessibility and inclusion within art and technology. His latest project Distributed Web of Care imagines the future of the internet and consider what care means for a technologically-oriented future.
If you are one of the 75k followers of artist Zach Lieberman, you are likely familiar with his truly one-of-a-kind creative coding experiments and digital portraits. Now you have the chance to have your very own personalized digital portrait, made especially for you or a loved one by Lieberman himself! Step inside the artist’s studio for a one-on-one visit where he will walk you through the process of live coding, and then take your photo from which he will create your custom digital portrait using his signature technique. The recipient will receive both a 17×22” print, as well as an animated digital version to share and go viral on social media.
Zachary Lieberman is an artist, researcher and educator with a simple goal: he wants you surprised. In his work, he creates performances and installations that take human gesture as input and amplify them in different ways — making drawings come to life, imagining what the voice might look like if we could see it, transforming people’s silhouettes into music. He’s been listed as one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People and his projects have won the Golden Nica from Ars Electronica, Interactive Design of the Year from Design Museum London as well as listed in Time Magazine’s Best Inventions of the Year. He creates artwork through writing software and is a co-creator of openFrameworks, an open source C++ toolkit for creative coding and helped co-found the School for Poetic Computation, a school examining the lyrical possibilities of code.
Why do you want to be followed?
Why should someone follow you?
Today, the notion of a “follower” is equated with likes, social, capital, and influence. In Lauren McCarthy’s seminal performance Follower, the artist asks if a real-life follower could provide something more meaningful or satisfying? The recipient will receive the unique opportunity to experience a special day-long enactment of Follower, with you as the sole subject. Throughout your day, your Follower stays just out of sight, but within your consciousness: watching you, seeing you, and caring for you. At the end of the experience, you are left with one photo of you, taken by your Follower.
Eyebeam alum Lauren McCarthy is an LA-based artist examining social relationships in the midst of surveillance, automation, and algorithmic living. She is the creator of p5.js, an open source programming language with over 1.5 million users, for learning creative expression through code online.
Lauren’s work has been exhibited internationally, at places such as Ars Electronica, Barbican Centre, Fotomuseum Winterthur, SIGGRAPH, Onassis Cultural Center, IDFA DocLab, Science Gallery Dublin, Seoul Mediacity Bienniale at the Seoul Museum of Art, and the Japan Media Arts Festival, and she has worked on installations for the London Eye, the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts. She has received major grants, fellowships, and awards from Creative Capital, Sundance Institute, Mozilla Foundation, Knight Foundation, Google, amongst others.