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Announcements: Eyebeam Residencies Winter/Spring 2010


All applicants will be informed of their application status by January 29, 2010.

CONTEXT: Eyebeam is the leading not-for-profit art and technology center in the USA. Our unique collaborative environment fosters fellowships and residencies, research, education, public programming and a vital web space, We are located in the heart of NYC’s Chelsea art district in a resource rich 15,000 sq.ft. space. Please see the Fellows and Projects sections of our web site for information on current and previous work developed at Eyebeam.

OVERVIEW: You’ve got big ideas. You could use a little time and money, not to mention support and inspiration, to create a visionary project. Apply now for Eyebeam’s Winter/Spring 2010 Residency cycle. Residents are granted a $5,000 stipend and 24/7 access to Eyebeam’s state of the art digital design and fabrication studios at their Chelsea facility.

Up to five Residents will be selected for the upcoming 5-month cycle, which will run from March 1, 2010 to July 31, 2010.

SUPPORT: Eyebeam residencies support the creative research, production and presentation of initiatives querying art, technology and culture. The residency is a period of concentration and immersion in artistic investigation, research or production of visionary, experimental applications and projects. It is a chance to use the time, space and tools at Eyebeam to reach the next stage of your practice. Check out what our current and past residents have been doing on our website.

The ideal resident will both contribute to and benefit from the shared environment at Eyebeam, and will thrive in the group dedication to openness across the organization.

PARTICIPATION: Residents are expected to participate in public events including workshops, Open Office Hours (Tuesdays, 2 – 4), demonstrations of research in progress, panel discussions, and online releases, in addition to Open Studios (two-day events, held once in the residency period).

The program term is from beginning of March to the end of July. Residents will be selected from an open call, based on the quality of the work or research being proposed, the availability of the necessary tools and skills to support the work, and in consideration of the overarching research themes and activities of the organization.

Core to Eyebeam’s methodology is the brokering of relationships between artists, hackers, coders, engineers and other creative technologists in the context of an open and shared culture of investigation and critique. We foster and facilitate relationships whereby technologists and artists come together to germinate and incubate their ideas, develop new processes, and create new works through a period of immersion in a social and professional context which is rich in technology, expertise and ideas. Collaborative relationships at Eyebeam will be fostered though group critiques, discussions and projects; and between other Eyebeam Fellows, Residents, and Staff.

RESEARCH GROUPS: Residents will have the opportunity to collaborate within our Research Groups. Research Groups bring together creative practitioners working at Eyebeam as well as expert individual participants and external partners. Initiatives led by Eyebeam Research Groups have included public outcomes such as seminars, workshops, publications and exhibitions.

Current Research Initiatives: Eyebeam’s current Research Groups include Sustainability, Education, Open Culture, Project Blackbird (Humor and Code), and Urban Research. For more information on each of these Research Groups, including descriptions, related projects, and participants, please see the Research section of our web site. Within each of these Research Groups, Eyebeam is looking for applicants with specific interest in and crossover with their own work in the following inquiry threads:

  • Food in the City: Investigation into NYC as a locus for media artists to embrace technological innovation and environmental, sustainable, regenerative concerns in synch with green and open source initiatives. The intention is to gather biologists, environmentalists, food activsts and media artists to consider urban agriculture, bio-generative art and other strategies. (Sustainability)
  • Education in Practice: Engagement with artists working in community-based and collaborative projects with youth, peers, or other targeted audiences. (Education)
  • Design for Social Change: Investigation into collaborative design process and methodology as it relates to creative intervention, activism, and tactical media; expanding our perspectve on “open source” to include the built environment, urban development, and public policy. (Open Culture and Urban Research)
  • Open Source Ideologies: Expanding Eyebeam’s ongoing research in Open Culture with a particular focus on intellectual property, licensing issues, and law and its relation to artists and cultural innovators. (Open Culture)

Participation in these research initiatives will directly inform and shape future initiatives, education, and public programming at Eyebeam.

Application Requirements: Applications are only accepted via our online application system. Applications received after the deadline of 11:59 (EST) PM, December 14, 2009, will not be accepted. All applications and work samples must be submitted through the online form. No exceptions will be made. You can create a user/password during the application process and log back into the server to update your application before the final deadline.

Complete applications must include the following information:

  • Contact Information
  • Resume or CV (.rtf, .pdf, .doc)
  • Work samples in the form of URLs or uploaded media. Include a project description with your work sample that explains your contribution to the piece, how it is meant to be viewed and how it relates to your proposed project(s)/research.
  • Concise responses to all application questions

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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Caden Manson is a director, media artist, and teacher. He is co-founder of the media ensemble and network, blog, and publisher, He has co-created, directed, video- and set designed 18 Big Art Group productions. Manson has shown video installations in Austria, Germany, NYC, and Portland; performed PAIN KILLER in Berlin, Singapore and Vietnam; Taught in Berlin, Rome, Paris, Montreal, NYC, and Bern; the ensemble has been co-produced by the Vienna Festival, Festival d’Automne a Paris, Hebbel Am Ufer, Rome’s La Vie de Festival, PS122, and Wexner Center for The Arts. Caden is a 2001 Foundation For Contemporary Art Fellow, is a 2002 Pew Fellow and a 2011 MacDowell Fellow. Writing has been published in PAJ, Theater Magazine, and Theater der Zeit. Caden is currently an associate professor and graduate directing option coordinator of The John Wells Directing Program at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama.

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