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Aug. 18, 2017 12:54 pm

Eyebeam’s new artist-in-residence cohort is heavy on racial justice

The art/tech org is bringing on Dhruv Mehrotra, Stephanie Dinkins, BUFU and American Artist.

At the Eyebeam reception, Oct. 8, 2016.

(Photo by Tyler Woods)

New York art institution Eyebeam announced this week the new residents for the year that comes, all of whose work focuses on issues of racial inequity in society.

The artists will receive $30,000 for the year and 24/7 access to Eyebeam’s facility in Industry City as they continue work on their projects. This year’s theme is trust, as it relates to democracy, ownership or community.

“As institutions lose credibility, people are placing their faith in new myths,” the organization writes. “Multiple publics are in constant negotiation and agitation. It is critical to design methods for critique, communication and coordination towards a more open, inventive and just world.”

Last year’s residents were Mimi Onuoha, Morehshin Allahyari, Nora Khan, Macon Reed and Karolina Sobecka. (You can read our story about their opening reception last fall here.)

This year’s artists in residence are:

  • Dhruv Mehrotra​, “working on ‘Othernet: Internet Island,’ an autonomous alternative to the Internet.”
  • Stephanie Dinkins, “​creating an AI entity that reflects the concerns of communities of color.”
  • BUFU, “​creating an app that makes accessible a virtual archive and emergency resources for homeless QTPOC.”
  • American Artist, “​insisting on both the visibility of blackness and erasure in virtual spaces.”

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