open.Eyebeam is a new digital studio and gathering space for Eyebeam’s artists. Designed to be as modular and changeable as possible, it is a home for works-in-progress, livestreams, and events from Eyebeam’s staff and fellows. As our newest fellows settle in, you may find the homepage a little bare, but for now feel free to visit the archived studios of the first Democracy Machine fellows.
open.Eyebeam was built with the help of Rasmus Svensson, Laurel Schwulst, and Taehee Whang.
Underscore is an emergent creative community of open platforms, co-operative tools and public spaces where art and culture can survive – and thrive – online. Brent is working with the New Design Congress on this project.
Underscore provides a variety of anti-surveillance alternative productivity tools to communities and organizations that share these core values:
– Community owned and led, non-commercial and profit free.
– Fully independent of Big Tech infrastructure.
– Built to protect and respect personal data from the ground up.
– Community deterministic.
Proud Employees is a meditation on the ways participation in algorithmic-driven culture leads us to behave like machines. Using data scraped from LinkedIn, the project slowly overtrains machine learning models to replicate the employees of large tech companies until they have been “overfitted”: trained until they can only spit out repetitions and nonsense. It captures the slow devolution of these models from coherence to madness. The project asks to what degree we become like these models, overfitted to performing our own labor and value, in order to survive in an increasingly digital world.
Brent Bailey is an artist and programmer based in Brooklyn, New York. His work is focused on creating “punk software”: breaking, sabotaging, and subverting the complex infrastructure that mediates digital life.
In his role as a Tech Fellow at Eyebeam, he is focused on building out open.Eyebeam, a new digital home for our artist fellows, and researching and implementing viable alternatives to surveillance-capitalist software in collaboration with the New Design Congress.
Brent has taught at Hunter College, worked with organizations like the MIT Center for Art, Science, and Technology and code.org, and spoken and presented his work across the country. He holds a BA in Philosophy from Reed College in Portland, OR, and an MPS in Interactive Telecommunications from New York University. He is a proud native of Charleston, West Virginia.