Eyebeam Roadshow San Jose 2010

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The Eyebeam Roadshow will be participating in the 2010 01SJ Biennial in San Jose, September 4-19, 2010. Under this year’s theme, Build Your Own World, the biennial will present hundreds of artworks, performances, events, and artist talks, which not only imagine the future of the world, but begin to build it.

The Eyebeam Roadshow will be included in the exhibition, Out of the Garage Into the World, in which independent artists, designers, architects, engineers, programmers, and corporate and academic research programs will publicly work in San Jose’s 80,000 square foot “South Hall” to create projects for exhibition, performance, provocation, and interaction.

/// 01SJ | Eyebeam Roadshow Workshop Schedule ///
all activities will take place at the Eyebeam Roadshow make space & lounge, in South Hall

workshop with Kaho Abe (Eyebeam Fellow)

Six-day workshop, 9/5-9/10:
Day 1: Sunday, September 5, 1-5pm
Days 2-6: Monday, September 5 – Friday, September 10, 6-8pm

Two-day Makeathon!!
9/15, 12-8PM
9/16, 9AM-5PM

Contact [email protected] to let us know you are coming.

A ticket for a trip is an object that gives you exclusive access to an unexplored place.  It is a mere piece of paper, but it carries imagination and anticipation of the future, of what new world it can unlock. The Ticket Machine is a Rube Goldberg type collaborative installation which is triggered with a push of a button. The machine then unveils different worlds, created by the collaborators, and finally produces a printed ticket.

The workshop will start off with a brief talk about Rube Goldberg machines and some design exercises centered around brainstorming and collaboration. We will then explore some simple technical tools, components, the Arduino Mega and other materials. We will then form small teams of 2-3 people. Preferably engineers and hobbyist with with various artists and craftspeople.

This workshop is for: Engineers, hobbyists, tinkerers, artists, designers. This workshop is for adults. Teens are welcome to sign-up, but we expect you to bring it!


with Jeff Crouse (Eyebeam Fellow)

Nine-day workshop, 9/6-9/14:
Monday, September 6 – Tuesday, September 14, 5-8pm

Public presentations by workshop participants:
Saturday, September 18, 5:30PM

Like television, film, audio, and other traditional media, software can be a very effective medium for humor, which, in turn, can be a powerful tool for activism, editorial, and hilarious jokes. Beyond simply rendering our CG, hosting our Flash animations, or providing a target for nerd jokes, the computer can be exploited for its strengths (interactivity, procedurality, logic, networkability) to achieve the funny. In this workshop, participants will work together to answer questions such as: what is humor in the context of software?  Are there such things as funny algorithms?  We will explore tropes and mechanisms frequently used in software – not just games, but software art and plain old software – that can be used to achieve a humorous effect. And ultimately, invent the field of software comedy in the same way that there are comedy writers, actors, and even singers. We will explore what makes good humor in traditional media by looking at several comedy styles such as absurdism, prop humor, sketch comedy, improv, and black comedy, with special attention to parody and satire. We will also look at some software artists who have already struck software comedy gold, including Cory Archangel, Max Goldberg (“YTMND”), Ze Frank, and Evan Roth. We will apply the ideas of game theorists and other prominent software gurus such as Ian Bogost, Chris Crawford, and Tim Berners-Lee to the styles of comedians such as Tim and Eric, Andy Kaufman, Yakov Smirnov, Douglas Adams, Stephen Colbert, Mr. Show, the Wondershowzen team, and Eric Fensler to produce funny software.

The workshop will culminate in a stand-up style presentation during the 01 festival. All of the example code will be provided in openFrameworks and we will do a brief introduction to openFrameworks on the first day, but the workshop is not language-specific.  You may also work in Processing, Flash, HTML — whatever kind of code you write.

These workshops are for: Adults and teens who are able to write some kind of code, or are excited and ready to learn.


youth workshop with Taeyoon Choi

(1) Six-day workshop*:
Thursday, September 9 + Friday, September 10, 4PM-7PM
Saturday, Sept. 11 + Sunday September 12, 11AM-2PM**
Monday, September 13 + Tuesday, September 14, 4PM-7PM

* Participation in all 6-days of this workshop is not required. However! Students who participate in all 6-days of this workshop will learn the most, make the most, and have the most fun.

** the weekend dates will also include an optional 2PM-5PM working period

First Person Perspective is a workshop and collaboration between artist Taeyoon Choi and San Jose youth to create a movie shot entirely in ‘first person perspective’ using DIY headcams made from recycled materials. We will discuss the unique role of first person perspective in the history of filmmaking, ranging from cinéma vérité documentary film to online user generated video. Participants will take on the role of director, actor, cameraman and editor in order to develop their point of view about private and public spaces. Workshop participant’s work will be presented at the Eyebeam exhibition space at 01SJ, as well as the project website.

First Person Perspective is presented in collaboration with Adobe Youth Voices | 01SJ.

This workshop is for: Aspiring young artists and filmmakers between the ages of 14-19. Maximum 10 participants. Equipment and technology will be provided.

Download a flier here: http://eyebeam.org/sites/default/files/YouthProgramFlier.pdf


workshops with Mouna Andraos & fluxxlab

$20 materials fee

Workshop #1: Thursday, September 16 – Friday, September 17, 12-5pm
Workshop #2: Saturday, September 18 – Sunday, September 19, 12-5pm

In this workshop, participants will assemble and take home their own Personal PowerPlant. The Personal powerPlant is a portable device that harnesses electricity through a hand crank generator (with solar cell option) into a rechargeable battery for use in powering portable electronic devices through a USB terminal.  The workshop will begin with an introduction to circuit basics and a group discussion on sustainable energy harvesting.  Personal powerPlant DIY kits will be available for purchase during the workshop.  The first version of the kit (v1) can be seen on the Instructables website – http://www.instructables.com/id/personal-powerPlant/.

This workshop is for: Anyone curious, teen-adult; or pre-teens with adult collaborators


guided tours and demonstration with Jon Cohrs (Eyebeam Fellow) and Morgan Levy

Drop-in demonstrations: Thursday, September 16 & Sunday, September 19, 1-3pm
Guided Tour of salt flats: 
Saturday, September 18, 11am-2pm

Are you feeling depressed? Sick of paying exorbitant rates for birth control? Try Alviso’s Medicinal All-Salt – harvested locally at the 01SJ Biennial.

All-Salt is a unique low-dosage cocktail of our most commonly used drugs, all brought together in one simple salt remedy. Our process harvests two popular commodities, sea salt and recycled pharmaceuticals from water treatment plants, to produce All-Salt: a medicinal salt for every condition, hand harvested and sun dried for purity.

At the 01SJ Biennial, All-Salt founders will build and operate on-site salt evaporation ponds, offer up samples of their fine product, provide tours of South San Francisco Bay harvesting waters and industrial salt ponds, and provide information on the medicinal bounty supplied by the yet-unregulated pharmaceutical disposal industry. http://www.all-salt.com

These events are for: Anyone curious, all ages.


with Michael Mandiberg

(1) Three-day workshop:
Friday, September 17 5:30-7pm
Saturday, September 18 & Sunday, September 19, 3:30-5PM

This workshop will teach you how to do things to web pages after they load. For example replacing dollars with barrels of oil (http://oilstandard.org), ads with art (http://add-art.org), or, say, every mention of Eddie Van Halen with a picture of him flying through the air.

This workshop is for adults and teens. Prerequisites: Javascript or other scripting or programming language experience


discussion with Taeyoon Choi

Saturday, September 18, 2:30-4PM 

In this performative lecture and discussion Taeyoon Choi and invited artists will examine ideas presented in Taeyoon’s new project ‘Urban Programming 101: Stage Directions’. Excerpt text from the book: “There is a logical system in which urban spaces operate; therefore it is understood as a ‘program’. ‘Programming’ urban space means controlling your urban experience and producing your space…I realized producing an alternative space is indifferent to experimenting alternative politics. I’d like to take you on a journey of thinking creatively and critically about urban space, hoping there still is a space for intervention and creative community.”

This lecture + discussion is for: Anyone curious, teen–adult



The Eyebeam Roadshow is what you get when you mix a rock & roll tour with the talented fellows and resident artists of Eyebeam. It is an event organized by the artists as a way to bring their work to places where it would not otherwise be seen. The Roadshow consists of talks and workshops that are designed specifically to blow minds. So far, the Roadshow has traveled to over 20 locations in the U.S. and UK, spreading open source art and technology wherever it goes.

Eyebeam will also be representing at 01SJ with alumni & associates Ricardo Miranda ZunigaMTAAAndrea PolliScott KildallStephanie RothenbergNatalie Jeremijenko, and Beatriz da Costa.

About Out of the Garage Into the World

ZER01 is inviting independent artists, designers, architects, engineers, programmers, and corporate and academic research programs to publicly work in San Jose’s 80,000 square foot South Hall to create projects for exhibition, performance, provocation, and interaction. From September 4 – 14, these projects will be “in process” and open for public viewing. The results will be presented and exhibited, both in South Hall and in other parts of the City, September 16 – 19. An overview of Out of the Garage Into the World is here.

Eyebeam Roadshow, presented by ZER01 for the 2010 01SJ Biennial, is presented in collaboration with Eyebeam Art + Technology Center.