Artists In Conversation
Featuring Eyebeam Artists and Technologists
Saturday 21 February, 2015
12:00PM – 7:00PM
Please note this talk will take place in DUMBO, Brooklyn at Gallery 216, 111 Front Street
As part of the 2015 Annual Showcase, join participating Eyebeam artists for a full day of invigorating inquiry into critical approaches to emerging technologies and their creative usage. Topics will include: Wearable Tech Against Stop-and-Frisk, Discomfortability in Public Work, Online Presentations of Fictional Facts, and Architecture as Technology.
12:00PM – 12:45PM
Eyebeam Student Resident Iltimas Doha will join Joanne McNeil in conversation about his project “Hoodie”. Combined with stealth technology, this piece of clothing can be used as a protective tool against law enforcement harassment. As a victim of the NYPD stop-and-frisk tactic, Doha wants to empower other young potential targets of police harassment using technology.
1:00PM – 2:00PM
Eyebeam Fellow Nancy Nowacek and Todd Shalom from Elastic City invite, battle and tame discomfort in their public, participatory work. As their work can potentially unsettle one’s emotional (and sometimes physical) state, it is often met with resistance or skepticism. Join Nowacek and Shalom in a talk about navigating these choppy waters. On stage will be two chairs, a microphone and nothing to hide behind.
2:00PM – 3:00PM
When the Fake Becomes Real
The internet is full of impostors, unreliable narrators, replicas, spoofers, parodies, and stories that present fiction as fact. Some things that started as fiction become fact, and this also happens in reverse. In conversation, current and former residents Joanne McNeil and Lauren McCarthy will discuss their work and give examples of the murky space between real and fake.
3:30PM – 4:30PM
Architecture as Technology
Eva Franch i Gilabert, Executive Director of and Chief Curator of Storefront for Art and Architecture, will join Eyebeam Fellow Torkwase Dyson in an inquiry into usage of architecture as a form of technology. Dyson explores architecture as a device to extrapolate ideas of human geography and in conversation, they will explore conceptual and formal architectural ideas as a means to develop iterations of space and place that impact the physiological makeup of the body.
5:00PM – 6:00PM
Playing For Laughs
How does comedy manifest itself in games? From having players do ridiculous things, to making ‘em laugh, to writing inside jokes – a panel of game designers will discuss how humor is incorporated into their games. Featuring Kaho Abe, Jane Friedhoff, and Eyebeam Residents Chloe Varelidi and Atul Varma.
6:00PM – 7:00PM
Everyday Strategies for Time Travel
There were some great things about the internet in 1970, 1992, 2000, and 2007. While nostalgia for a Web That Was is often misleading and misguided, alumni Ingrid Burrington and Steve Lambert will highlight some forgotten traits that can make our increasingly machine-readable, as-a-serviced now into a more human-inhabitable future. Burrington and Lambert will cover different approaches to stepping out of timestamps and constructing if not the web we once had, then at least the web we might want.
Steve Lambert, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Unit One/Allen Hall Guest-in-Residence: 2/15-2/19
“The In-Residence Program at Unit One is a series of visiting guests who have a diverse range of professions and interests. Many guests have chosen paths that are unusual, and they are passionate about their work and lives, as well as fun, interesting people. Guests live in Allen Hall for 1-2 weeks, interacting with residents in a variety of non-academic programs, workshops, and informal discussions.”
I’m giving the closing remarks at this Law symposium.
Fordham Urban Law Journal Symposium, Vol. XLII
Law, Urban Space, and The Future of Artistic Expression
Thursday, February 26, 2015
9 a.m.—5 p.m.
The symposium will examine legal issues surrounding street art, such as intellectual property and private and public spaces. It will also explore different perspectives of urban artistic expression, including large scale metropolitan art, the role of street art in shaping and changing communities, and the role of performance art generally in an urban space.
Fordham Law School
Skadden Conference Center
Costantino Room (Second Floor)
150 West 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023
Conference is co-sponsored by: Urban Law Center, Urban Studies Program at Fordham University, and Fordham Art Law Society
The program is free and open to the public. For more information or questions, please contact: email@example.com
Resistance & Revolution: Responses in Contemporary Print, Technology and Community Activism
January 16, 2015–March 8, 2015
This show includes Capitalism Works For Me! True/False, The New York Times Special Edition, The Public Energy Art Kit, and Public Forum.
Artists document or engage in political resistance through varying visual forms, media and technological means. Representing diverse responses to recent and perennial political issues in print, digital technology and social activism from the last decade this exhibition showcases works by Enrique Chagoya, Shephard Fairey, Steve Lambert, YES MEN and others who grapple with economic disparity, environmentalism, foreign policy, racial or gender inequality, among other concerns.
More at the Gund Gallery Site
The New York Times Special Edition is included in a new book, “Is Satire Saving Our Nation? Mockery and American Politics” by Sophia A. McLennen and Remy M. Maisel, published by Palgrave Macmillan
Victor Manuel Cázares Vazquez is the latest to repeat my I Will Talk With Anyone About Anything project, this time in Nuevo Laredo, MX. It got him in the local news.
This is the talk I gave at Grand Valley State University. During the Q&A I was first told I was a finalist for Art Prize, so that’s why none of the issues around the funding and giving away the prize are mentioned.
This is what I was thinking about and talking about in September 2014. Topics covered include:
- Growing up in San Mateo, CA
- Liberal Education
- What art is for
- Jesus of Nazareth vs. Jesus the King
- Monet’s Haystacks
- Futurist Theory
- Some work I made
- The problem with awe and wonder
- The problem with explicit persuasion
And there are jokes.
Watch it here:
I’m not keeping the money.
Last week I learned I was a jury pick for ArtPrize in Grand Rapids. Shortly after I found out I was on the short list for the public vote as well. At that point I had a shot at the $200,000 public vote prize, the $200,000 juried prize, and a 1 in 4 chance of winning a $20,000 jury prize for my category.
It’s a lot of money.
I didn’t enter ArtPrize with the hope of winning. I was curated into a show during ArtPrize. I had heard a bit about the contest and decided to give it a chance and have the piece reach an audience it may not otherwise. I was certain I had no shot at winning. I liked that my piece was understood and appreciated by critics and the public alike.
ArtPrize is hard to explain. It’s a project of Rick DeVos, who comes from a very wealthy family. How did they make that money? Founding Amway – Multi-Level Marketing, which is a polite term for a pyramid scheme. They’re married into the family behind Blackwater, the private military outfit. They’re against unions and advocate for school voucher programs. They’ve been major donors to Focus on the Family, Acton Institute, Heritage Foundation, the American Enterprise Institute, and Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich’s campaigns. You may have read that article I sent last week, or about their unionbusting and plan to defund the Left in Mother Jones. (I encourage you to read them. It made my choice much easier.)
What bothers me the most is the DeVos family has, for generations, been on the wrong side of the fight for civil rights for LGBT people. And they back their opinions with millions in political money against civil rights. It’s a long story, but the end is: they haven’t changed.
Tomorrow night, I may win tens of thousands of dollars of their money. Read on…
Through Nov 23rd, the New York Times Special Edition is part of Unrest: Art, Activism, & Revolution at the Helen Day Art Center
About the show:
Artists have been at the forefront of revolutions for centuries, producing work that has an immediate political impact, or is responding to civil unrest. This exhibition takes its inspiration from the Arab Spring, and looks at the impact that artists have on political and social reform in countries like Egypt, Yemen, Israel, Palestine, Iran, and the United States. Unrest looks at artists as activists, revolutionaries and visionaries.
- Lara Baladi
- Because We Want It (Steve Lambert, The Yes Men, and many others)
- Murad Subay
- Public Studio
- Packard Jennings
- Shirin Neshat
- Michael Rakowitz
- Claire Fontaine
- Pedro Reyes
An artist collective in Santiago did a remix of my “Capitalism Works For Me! True/False” project and Candy Chang’s “Before I Die” project.
They sent me the video, but my spanish is pretty bad. I asked them to subtitle it so I could share it with you. And they did!