This summer, Eyebeam will host its first ever fully (Digital) Day Camp, open to high school students across the United States. Students will virtually work alongside artist-educators and staff, engaging in hands-on workshops focusing on art and technology tools towards building care. Over the course of five weeks, students will be invited to explore and create forms of care for themselves and their communities, resulting in a virtual sharing on the last day.
Rituals of Care will be guided by these areas of focus:
• Caring for the digital self: privacy, data use, and surveillance
• Caring for the physical self: digital wellness, practices of self & community care
• Reimagining technological and non-technological forms of togetherness
DDC will run from July 6 – August 7, 2020, and will consist of two cohorts of 15 students each.
Classes will meet on Google Meet from 1 – 3:30PM EST*. Cohort 1 will meet Mondays and Thursdays, and Cohort 2 will meet Tuesday and Fridays. Open Hours (for class questions or collective play) led by teachers and TA’s are on Wednesdays at 1 – 3:30PM EST.
Please be prepared to spend up to 5 additional hours each week for self-study and work time. Class materials and schedule will be housed on Google Drive & Google Calendar.
*Note that the first day (orientation) and last day (sharing/celebration) of the program will be half an hour longer, from 1 – 4PM EST.
There are no fees associated with this program. We are offering students $300 for their participation.
Student is eligible to apply if they:
• Were enrolled in high school during the 2019-2020 school year
• Live and go to school in the United States
• Can demonstrate an interest in art, technology and/or cultural issues
• Have a willingness to learn new things
• Are available to attend 1 – 3:30PM EST sessions on Mon/Thurs or Tues/Fri for the entire duration
• Has permission from their parent or legal guardian to participate
• Have a computer (Mac 10.12 or later, Windows 8.1 or later, or Linux) and an internet connection*
Previous experience with new media tools and technology is not preferred and is not a prerequisite for the program. Ideal candidates are interested in learning, excited about new environments and experiences, and want to engage with different students and artists!
*Chromebooks are unfortunately not compatible. Eyebeam will provide a limited number of laptops for students who need support in accessing a reliable computer during the program.
Students can apply directly on Submittable. Priority applications are due on June 3rd at midnight EST, and applicants will be notified by June 12th.
Final round of applications will close on June 15th at midnight EST, and these students will be notified by June 17th.Apply
Any questions regarding this year’s Digital Day Camp or this application can be sent to the Programs Coordinator, Yidan Zeng at [email protected].
Click here to learn more about the history of this program.
You can also view some of our favorite workshops from the past few years below:
Memes of Dissent by Alice SparklyKat (2019):
In this workshop, students looked at memes outside of and within the USA to talk about how they may dissent to and inform our political climate, spread sentiments, and create solidarity. After being prompted with questions of “What are the layers of information someone would already have to know to understand this meme?”, “What makes a meme a meme?”, and “What does it mean when memes become more standard and corporate?”, students created their own memes around a self-chosen issue.
Digital Activism by Ari J Melenciano (2018): Students explored ways that technology can be used to interpret data and facts into visual or audio interactive experiences. Using p5.js, students built their own data art creations.
Understanding The Internet by Jonathan Dahan (2017): Through a series of embodied exercises, students replicated core components of the internet and the infrastructure behind it. The exercise is intended to provide a peek inside the black box, examine the history and decisions that were made during the invention of the network, and reimagine how it could have been constructed differently and what the possible outcomes could have been.
Digital Day Camp is made possible by Capital One, The Rodney L. White Foundation, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Eyebeam is also grateful for the long-standing visionary support of the Atlantic Foundation.