Eyebeam Off-The-Grid Exhibition
Opening Day: Saturday, September 6, 12pm – 5pm @ Governor’s Island: House 15
Eyebeam artists are presenting work in an environment that feels as though it is from another era. Eyebeam Off-The-Grid, on Governors Island, is an exhibition to critically investigate cultural change and emergent technologies within a situation far outside the urban comfort zone of wired high-speed life. The island is without a dedicated internet connection or much cell phone coverage and is accessed only by ferries which run on the hour. It is the perfect place for Eyebeam to go unplugged!
Solar Day is a sculptural installation by Torkwase Dyson addressing the intersection of and mutual relationship between sunlight, interior architecture, space, belonging, and periodicity. Site-specifically located in a mildly sunlit room with east facing bay windows, Dyson experiments with the physical phenomenological conditions of the sun’s behavior during 20 solar days. More info below.
LittleNets is a show of alternative networks, offering different ways of being and making online. Rather than wire Eyebeam’s temporary Governor’s Island space with internet access, LittleNets sets up site-specific mesh networks with things that might be useful to have on a remote island–-simple communication tools, artworks, and games. Visitors to the island can view and contribute content to these networks. LittleNetswill also host workshops to teach people about different kinds of networks and how to build them (dates to follow).
Marisa draws on the site-specific context of Governors Island’s history as a former military base, fusing it with the history of personal entertainment technology’s origin as (de)militarized inventions. This intervention will play out in two forms, firstly by echoing the dystopian fantasy of the deserted island by creating a micro-flotilla of defunct & discarded electronic equipment meant to resemble the floating landfills these previously-beloved tv’s and boomboxes would otherwise occupy.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
12-5pm: Opening Day Reception
Subnodes workshop with Sarah Grant. The Subnodes project is an open source initiative focused on streamlining the process of setting up a Raspberry Pi as a wireless access point for distributing content, media, and shared digital experiences.
September 20, 12-3pm
occupy.here workshop with Dan Phiffer. Occupy.here is a project designed to be replicated: purchase a supported wifi router, download the software, and follow the DIY guide to create a new open wifi network, OCCUPY.HERE.
September 27, 12pm
Talk by Aaron Straup Cope: this is my brick / there are many like it but this one is mine. Aaron is currently Senior Engineer (Internets and the Computers) at the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. He spends a lot of time thinking about archiving social software and looking glass archives, in the form the Parallel Flickr and Privatesquare projects.
September 27, 3pm
Performance with Shani Ha, as part of Torkwase Dyson‘s Solar Day
Shani Ha is on the edge of Art and Design. She creates versatile sculptures by twisting familiar objects to question intimacy and its relationship to others. Shani emphasizes or diminishes the shapes and materiality of these objects, which are usually related to private contexts. These pieces are the catalysts photographs, installations, and collaborative performances. Shani Ha is interested in social behavior in their relationship to comfort and conviviality. Her sculptures suggest potential functions and tend to become design pieces. They can be stimulated through performance, experimentation and appropriation, either spontaneously or with a scenario. These actions engage the viewer and performer directly and provoke co-presence and social interactions inside the piece. Shani was born in France but now lives and works in Brooklyn NY.