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It is a testament to our society and culture that there’s an organization in Brooklyn dedicated to encouraging interesting people to create beautiful and challenging things. And that’s what we have with Eyebeam, a nonprofit organization founded in 1997 that is giving money and space in its Industry City studio away to five promising artists.
The residencies are a year long, and according to Eyebeam advisor Benjamin Bratton, fellows will be asked, “How can we engender other modes of thought to create positive infrastructural effect?”
A few of Eyebeam’s recent projects have included the floating bridge to Governors Island and the messy importance of radical democracy. If you’re interested in the culmination show of last year’s fellows, here’s a recap.
Here is the new class of artists:
Allahyari’s work deals with political, social and cultural contradictions. Born in Iran, she moved to the U.S. in 2007. One of her latest works, Panther Modern, is a “file-based exhibition space, encouraging artists to create site-specific installations for the internet. Each project shown at Panther is given a unique structure in the format of a 3D model file, which is built to engage the artist and their process of making. … Completed rooms are added to the existing architecture, allowing the shape of Panther Modern to change with each project.”
Nora N. Khan
Khan is a contributing editor at Rhizome. She writes fiction and non-fiction about artificial intelligence, electronic music and games.
Onuoha is an artist and researcher who focuses on code, data and people. She is a research institute fellow at Data & Society and her work has included We Are Searching For, an “aggregation of browser search keywords collected from entries on public computers.”
Reed is an artist working in installation, video, radio documentary and participatory projects. Her recent work includes the installation Eulogy for the Dyke Bar, which “revisits the legacy and physical spaces of dyke and lesbian bars, an increasingly rare component of the gay and queer cultural landscape. Made of simple materials that unapologetically reveal the hand in their making, the installation offers a full bar, pool table, neon signs and hand-painted ’70s-era wood paneling.”
Sobecka is an interdisciplinary artist and designer. Her recent work focuses on “climate engineering as a way of investigating the values that drive technological innovation, and shape the philosophy that inscribes humans in nature.”
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