[PD] [PD-announce] Fwd: UNTETHERED-Eyebeam's Fall 2008 exhibition opens Sept. 25 – Oct. 25

Hans-Christoph Steiner hans at eds.org
Fri Sep 26 01:33:43 CEST 2008

Come see some PDAs and iPods running fun stuff made with Pd!

Begin forwarded message:

> UNTETHERED: A sculpture garden of readymades
> Eyebeam's Fall 2008 exhibition
> Featuring:
> Jessica Banks, Ayah Bdeir, Michel de Broin, Max Dean, Paul DeMarinis
>  Kelly Dobson, Germaine Koh, JooYoun Paek, Sascha Pohflepp,
> Hans-Christoph Steiner, Thomson & Craighead, Nor_/d (Addie  
> Wagenknecht and Stefan Hechenberger) and Joe Winter, curated by  
> visiting fellow Sarah Cook
> September 25 - October 25, 2008
> Press preview: Thurs., Sept. 25, 11AM - 1PM
> (RSVP press at eyebeam.org)
> Exhibition opening: Thurs., Sept. 25, 6 - 8PM
> Eyebeam, 540 W. 21st St. (btw 10th and 11th Aves.)
> Michel de Broin, Dark Star, 2008
> New York City, September 5, 2008-Eyebeam is pleased to announce  
> Untethered, a sculpture garden of everyday objects deprogrammed of  
> their original function, embedded with new intelligence and  
> transformed into surrealist and surprising readymades, including a  
> photocopier that reads the night sky; a PDA turned guitar; and a  
> piano that plays the Internet. The exhibition features pieces by 15  
> artists working at the intersection of art and technology,  
> including current and former Eyebeam residents and fellows, as well  
> as leading international artists. Untethered opens September 25 and  
> runs through October 25, and is accompanied by a downloadable audio  
> guide (available at www.eyebeam.org).
> Sarah Cook, the exhibition's curator, cites the art-historical  
> discourse on readymades, and current ideas concerning the designed  
> obsolescence-or shelf life-of consumable technologies as her  
> inspiration for the show. "The idea of the readymade hinges on a  
> mysterious quality of displacement, wherein objects are not just  
> decontextualized, but actually transplanted from one realm of  
> experience to another," Cook said.
> "In researching the work of Eyebeam's resident artists I read [MoMA  
> curator] Margit Rowell's writing on the readymade and identified a  
> link to contemporary "hacks" and instances where artists have  
> deprogrammed technological objects in order to create a kind of  
> magical experience for the viewer." This "otherworldly" aesthetic  
> is evident in the works on view, such as in Michel de Broin's  
> sculpture Dead Star (2008), an inert asteroid of nearly depleted  
> batteries, and Joe Winter's Xerox Astronomy (2008), in which a  
> generic photocopier and desk lamp are transformed into elements  
> within the cosmic system used by an imagined observer.
> Additionally, as a show of objects that have been tinkered with,  
> invented, and allowed to be "generative", that is, open to  
> experimentation and other use, Untethered presents a deliberate  
> reference to the notion of "tethered appliances" (a term used by  
> Internet scholar Jonathan Zittrain in his book The Future of the  
> Internet and How to Stop It, Yale University Press and Penguin UK,  
> 2008)-technologies, such as iPods or cell phones, that contain  
> proprietary software and are tied to single uses or networks. In  
> this, the exhibition ties into Eyebeam's recently launched Open  
> Culture Research Group, a forum for the investigation of free and  
> open source software and hardware.
> Both displaced and in some cases deprogrammed, the pieces in  
> Untethered ask us why we understand some things as useful hardware  
> and other things not. For instance, how does an inflated garbage  
> bag become a way to disguise your bike, as in JooYoun Paek's Not  
> Bicycle Cover (2008)? Neither prototypes nor edgy products, the  
> works in the exhibition will surely invite conversation on the  
> semantic barriers between the worlds of art, design and technology.
> Artists
> Ayah Bdeir and Jessica Banks, both fellows in Eyebeam's R&D  
> OpenLab, have collaborated to realize a new work in the form of a  
> chandelier that is constantly redrawing itself (Chandelier in 4,  
> 2008). Jessica Banks will also show her latest experiment in  
> creating responsive and interactive furniture: a table that appears  
> to levitate in its own magnetic field (Table, from the Cubed  
> Series, 2008). www.ayahbdeir.com, www.jessicabanks.com
> Michel de Broin, an internationally recognized artist from Montreal  
> who is based in Berlin, and winner of the 2007 Sobey Art Award,  
> will show his recent sculptures, including Dead Star (2008) and  
> Great Encounter (2008), an investigation into the isolation of  
> appliances. www.micheldebroin.org
> Max Dean is an internationally acclaimed media artist from Toronto  
> and winner of the 2005 Gershon Iskowitz Prize for visual arts. His  
> piece in Untethered, So, This Is It? (2001), is a clock that wipes  
> away an image of its viewer's face, and has never been shown in New  
> York. www.roboticchair.com
> Paul DeMarinis, an artist based in California, will show a piece  
> from his series Hypnica (2007), a collection of hacked metronomes  
> that lull visitors with the voices of hypnotists. www.well.com/ 
> ~demarini
> Kelly Dobson, an artist based at MIT's Media Lab, presents her  
> responsive hacked technologies including Blendie (2003 - 04), a  
> blender that responds only to growling noises, and Toastie (2004),  
> a toaster that operates when hummed at. web.media.mit.edu/~monster
> Germaine Koh, an internationally recognized artist from Vancouver,  
> presents a work from her Fair Weather Forces series (2008), in  
> which live tide and water-level data control a velvet rope barrier  
> in the gallery. www.germainekoh.com
> Eyebeam alum JooYoun Paek shows new projects created from the  
> infrastructure of the city, including Not Bicycle Cover (2008), a  
> bicycle cover fashioned from inflated garbage bags, and Nothing In  
> It (2008), a handbag that sounds its contents when opened.  
> www.jooyounpaek.com
> Sascha Pohflepp, a German artist and student in the Design  
> Interactions program at the Royal College of Art, London, presents,  
> for the first time in North America, the stylish Buttons (2006): a  
> lens-free camera that takes other people's pictures. www.pohflepp.com
> Hans-Christoph Steiner, currently a resident artist at Eyebeam,  
> presents Reware (2008), hacked electronic devices for visitors to  
> play with, including a Linux- and PureData (PD)-programmed PDA  
> turned three-string guitar. www.at.or.at/hans
> Thomson & Craighead, a UK team who has been making art from the  
> Internet for more than 15 years, display Unprepared Piano (2003), a  
> Yamaha Disklavier that plays MIDI files collected from the web, at  
> random. www.thomson-craighead.net
> Addie Wagenknecht, a fellow in Eyebeam's Production Lab, has  
> collaborated with Stefan Hechenberger under the name Nor_/d, on  
> Shadow Project (2008), a responsive architectural environment of  
> motor-controlled wires and fabric. www.nortd.com
> Joe Winter, an Eyebeam alum and a recent recipient of a MacDowell  
> Colony residency, presents his newly commissioned work, Xerox  
> Astronomy and the Nebulous Object-Image Archive (2008), a modernist  
> cubic structure in which a standard office copier is used as a  
> central light source for reading the surrounding cosmos.  
> www.severalprojects.com
> Curator
> Sarah Cook is the 2008 inaugural curatorial fellow at Eyebeam. She  
> comes to Eyebeam from CRUMB (www.crumbweb.org), the UK-based online  
> resource for curators of new media art, at the University of  
> Sunderland, where she is a post-doctoral researcher. Sarah has been  
> curating exhibitions of new media art in North America and Europe  
> for the past 10 years, at venues including the Walker Art Center,  
> the National Gallery of Canada, BALTIC Center for Contemporary Art,  
> The Edith Russ Haus for Media Art, The Walter Phillips Gallery at  
> the Banff Centre, AV Festival and Cornerhouse, Manchester. Her  
> fellowship at Eyebeam is supported, in part, by the Arts and  
> Humanities Research Council, UK.
> Related events
> Untethered's public programming takes its cue from Eyebeam's  
> ongoing research into open source software and hardware. Events  
> celebrating hacking and discussions of the issues surrounding  
> patents and copyrights, art and designed obsolescence, will take  
> place over the course of the exhibition.
> Thursday, September 25, 6PM:  The Untethered opening reception,  
> featuring artist talks with Germaine Koh, Michel de Broin, Kelly  
> Dobson and Sascha Pohflepp, as well as an introduction by the  
> exhibition's curator, Sarah Cook.
> Tuesday, October 14, 7PM: Workshop: Open source your mobile devices!
> Eyebeam resident Hans-Christoph Steiner hosts a workshop on hacking  
> devices such as iPods, wifi routers and PDAs.
> Tuesday, October 21, 7PM: Presentation: Performing Machines:  
> Untethered artists present their instrumental hacks. With JooYoun  
> Paek and others.
> Saturday, October 25, 5PM: Panel discussion: Untethered curator  
> Sarah Cook leads a discussion on art, design and obsolescence. The  
> panel features Jessica Banks, Ayah Bdeir and lawyer Elizabeth  
> Stark, founder of Harvard's Free Culture group and researcher for  
> Jonathan Zittrain's book The Future of The Internet. The talk will  
> be followed by the exhibition's closing reception.
> For further information and details about these events please  
> visit: www.eyebeam.org
> Images
> Images for publication are available upon request and online at:  
> www.flickr.com/photos/eyebeam/sets/72157607128132407/
> A pdf of the press release is available online at: http:// 
> www.eyebeam.org/about/about.php?page=release
> Credits
> Thanks to:
> The British Council, for supporting Sascha Pohflepp's participation  
> in Untethered;
> Frank and Camille Sicari, for the loan of the piano;
> Solar One, for partnership on the waterfront location for the work  
> of Germaine Koh.
> ###
> Founded in 1997, Eyebeam is an art and technology center that  
> provides a fertile context and state-of-the-art tools for digital  
> experimentation. It is a lively incubator of creativity and  
> thought, where artists and technologists actively engage with the  
> larger culture, addressing the issues and concerns of our time.  
> Eyebeam challenges convention, celebrates the hack, educates the  
> next generation, encourages collaboration, freely offers its output  
> to the community, and invites the public to share in a spirit of  
> openness: open source, open content and open distribution.
> Eyebeam's current programs are made possible through the generous  
> support of The Annenberg Foundation, The Arts and Humanities  
> Research Council, UK, The Atlantic Foundation, The Pacific  
> Foundation, the Johnson Art and Education Foundation, the Jerome  
> Foundation, Deep Green Living, ConEdison, Datagram, Electric  
> Artists Inc.; public funds from New York City Council Speaker  
> Christine C. Quinn, the New York City Department of Cultural  
> Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York  
> State Council on the Arts, a state agency; and many generous  
> individuals. Sarah Cook's fellowship is supported by a partnership  
> with CRUMB at the University of Sunderland, UK. For a complete list  
> of Eyebeam supporters, please visit www.eyebeam.org.
> Location: 540 W. 21st Street between 10th & 11th Avenues
> Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 12:00 - 6:00pm
> Bookstore: Tuesday - Saturday, 12:00 - 6:00pm
> Admission: All events are free to the public with a suggested  
> donation unless otherwise noted.


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