Eyebeam Creative Residencies

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Location: New York, NY

Mission: Eyebeam is an art and technology center that provides a fertile context and state-of-the-art tools for digital research and experimentation. It is a lively incubator of creativity and thought, where artists and technologists actively engage with culture, addressing the issues and concerns of our time. Eyebeam challenges convention, celebrates the hack, educates the next generation, encourages collaboration, freely offers its contributions to the community, and invites the public to share in a spirit of openness: open source, open content and open distribution.

Eyebeam Fellows are artists, hackers, and engineers who spearhead new research and develop exciting new work at the point where art and technology meet. Eyebeam Fellows regularly develop innovative and creative open source technology within an environment that fosters collaborative development. Fellows lead public seminars, exhibitions, and educational programming, and help direct Eyebeam’s Research Groups. These individuals are selected in recognition of their exceptional talent and the belief that a sustained research period is critical for the development of new ideas and innovative work—goals central to Eyebeam’s mission.

The fellowship program reviews an individual’s overall practice as an artist or technologist, and considers how they might fit into Eyebeam’s environment and contribute to the organization’s growth and public engagement. Fellows are required to spend at least four weekdays at Eyebeam each week, during business hours. Fellowship calls go out once a year, generally in October with a mid-March start date.

Eyebeam Residencies support the creative research, production and presentation of initiatives querying art, technology and culture. The 5 month residency is a period of concentration and immersion in artistic investigation, daring research or production of visionary, experimental applications and projects. Past initiatives have ranged from moving image, sound and physical computing works to technical prototypes, installations and public interventions.

The residency is project based. Residents are not required to spend specific amounts of time at Eyebeam, though special consideration is given to applicants who plan to use the resources to the fullest. Residency calls go out twice a year, generally in October (March start date) and May (September start date).

Cost: The residency stipend is paid in three installments. The first 1/3 is paid in the first week of the residency period, and the second and third portions provided upon completion of the equivalent time period of the program.

Fellows are paid $30,000 over an 11-month period.

Out of town residents and fellows are responsible for their travel costs, accommodation, and moving expenses.

Application Fee: information currently unavailable

Number of Artists: Up to 20 Artists at a time

Accommodations: Eyebeam does not have private studios. Residents and fellows are provided dedicated desks and  storage cabinets within one of the labs. All worktables, tools, prototyping equipment, and editing facilities are communal. Please describe your space/equipment needs as thoroughly as possible in your application so that the jury can assess how you and your project might fit within Eyebeam. An abbreviated equipment inventory is available.

Out of town residents and fellows are responsible for their travel costs, accommodation, and moving expenses. Eyebeam staff will assist as much as possible with locating accommodation in New York.  We can also provide advice in contacting agencies to help negotiate Visa requirements to live and work in the United States.

Residency and fellowship applicants interested in being considered for a future cycle should indicate this preference in the the application form. This can be helpful when taking into consideration the length of time to procure the appropriate visa.

Length of Stay: Residents stay for 5 months while Fellows are funded for 11 months

Demographic: Emerging to Established artists pioneering the forefront of technology and art. Collaborative projects are eligible for the residency program with up to three members.

Medium: Work that defines the future of technology and art. The work completed at Eyebeam during this period is far-reaching, encompassing research and development of innovative technologies, artistic interventions, and cultural curation.

Residents and fellows are expected to possess the skills necessary to fabricate/produce their projects. If they do not have the skills themselves, they must show an ability to identify and learn the required skills themselves or to independently locate collaborators to perform the work. Eyebeam does not provide project-specific technical assistance to residents or fellows. However, Eyebeam artists often assist one another as a natural byproduct of working in a communal lab environment and through SkillShares.

Benefits: The residency stipend is paid in three installments. The first 1/3 is paid in the first week of the residency period, and the second and third portions provided upon completion of the equivalent time period of the program. Fellows are paid $30,000 over an 11-month period. Open Studios event twice per year. These open events will allow you a chance to meet current residents and fellows. Also, stopping by and looking at the space and current artists” work is helpful as well. 

Deadline: TBA

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