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Scraping Political Data - Web Hacking Techniques

Sat Jun 22, 2013 00:00 - Sun Jun 23, 2013

New York, New York
United States of America

Develop the creative skills and unconventional tools to extract political data from the web.

Instructor: Paolo Cirio
Cost: $200

Saturday, June 22, 1:00-5:00pm
Sunday, June 23, 1:00-5:00pm

Bring your own laptop (Please let us know if you cannot provide this)

Knowledge of coding is not necessary, but very welcome.

This two-day workshop will introduce you to the basic philosophy behind transparency activism and how to accomplish it through the use of smart hacks over web platforms. Ownership, privacy and geopolitical use of data will be introduced through case histories of ethical and legal issues as well as an introduction of the main organizations and resources about Open Data.

In this workshop, you will develop methodologies and mechanisms for exploring creative and unconventional uses of political data over the web. The workshop will introduce some practical tools, including simple software, coding, and other techniques and tricks to extract data from web servers.

Software that will be explored during the workshop:
iMacro, Fake, Scraperwiki, Beautiful Soup, Scrapy, etc.

Code that will be explored:
PHP, Phynton, Sql, JavaScript, DHTML, etc.

Paolo Cirio is well known for web-hacktivism through projects such as Loophole for All, Face to Facebook, Google Will Eat Itself and Amazon Noir. He was part of the legendary Italian net-art collective Epidemic which created visionary viruses and P2P software. At the age of twenty-two he was investigated by the Department of National Defense of Canada for his innovative DDOS attacks to the NATO website though a Flash script. Recently the international press covered his hack at the Cayman Islands.


Creating your own Subnode: Networking with the Raspberry Pi + Node.js

Sat Jun 08, 2013 14:00 - Sun Jun 09, 2013

New York, New York
United States of America

Learn how to create your own offline local area network for anonymous communication with those around you. In this workshop, you will learn how to set up a Raspberry Pi with, creating a wireless access point that is anonymous and portable.

Instructor: Sarah Grant

Eyebeam Art + Technology Center
Saturday June 8, 2:00-5:00 pm
Sunday June 9, 2:00-5:00pm

Workshop: $75/day
Optional Kit: $75

1. Raspberry Pi Model B (with Node.js pre-installed and 4GB SD Card)
2. USB WiFi dongle (with RALink RT5370 chipset)
3. 700 mA 5V microusb power supply
4. Laptop (with Ethernet Port)
Items 1-3 can be purchased as a kit for an additional $75

- Comfort working in the command line
- Experience programming with javascript

Created during the Fall 2012 Residency season at Eyebeam, Subnodes ( is an open source initiative designed to streamline the process of setting up a Raspberry Pi as a wireless access point for distributing content and taking part in shared digital experiences. The device behaves as a web server, creating its own local area network, and does not connect with the internet. This is key for the sake of offering a space where people can communicate anonymously and freely, as well as maximizing the portability of the network (no dependability on an internet connection means the device can be taken and remain active anywhere).

This course will show you how to set up your Raspberry Pi as a web server and wireless access point. We will also cover how to create a local area network with a captive portal for directing users to your web app.

- Configure the Raspberry Pi with a wireless adapter as an Access Point
- Configure a web server running Node.js
- Create a simple chat application with Node
- Create a startup script that automatically boots up your network and node app on power up.

Please Note: You can choose whether to register for one day or both. On Day One (Saturday, June 8), learn Rasberry Pi and how to set up your network. On Day Two (Sunday, June 9), work with Node.js and build an app to run on the network.

Sarah Grant is a Brooklyn-based multimedia artist and programmer. She is interested in building networks of data between machines and living creatures in addition to electrical engineering with organic and living materials. She has experimented with creating textile-based interfaces for audio hardware, working with sound as a tangible material, and more recently, creating conductive circuit traces out of slime molds. Embedded sensor networks and the idea of aware and responsive natural environments that cross the senses and freely transport information are key inspirations.

Sarah has given talks, taught workshops, and shown her work locally and internationally at events such as the New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME) conference, Maker Faire San Mateo and New York, Dorkbot and Eyebeam. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art (printmaking and sculpture) from the University of California at Davis, and a Masters degree from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. She currently works at The Barbarian Group as a Senior Design Technologist.


Monkey Town 3

Thu Jun 13, 2013 00:00 - Sun Aug 11, 2013

New York, New York
United States of America

Monkey Town, the first experimental, completely immersive film and food experience, returns to NYC at Eyebeam this summer, June 13 – August 11!!

The beloved Monkey Town, which lived for 7 years in Williamsburg until 2010, will once again pair visually captivating film and videos with top chefs creating meals and pairings to compliment the program. The event recreates its original and still unprecedented cinema-in-the-round by forming a floating cube from 4 massive projection screens and 8.1 surround sound. The new rendition will feature a single curated film and video program that replays every night for 60 days, featuring almost all multi-channel works by 21 extraordinary artists and filmmakers.

Eyebeam will host screenings nightly, every night of the week. Each screening will accommodate intimate seatings of 32 people, and will take place twice nightly at 7pm and 9:15pm.

Featured Artists:

Jack + Leigh Ruby (produced by Eve Sussman and Simon Lee), Shana Moulton, Tara Sinn, Errol Morris, Trisha Baga, Zefrey Throwell, Kathy Rose, Peter Burr, Will Rahilly, Annie Pearlman, Brian Close, Ben Ridgway, Will Strobeck, Alison Mennor, Bunny Rogers and Filip Olszewski, Chris Rice, Theo Angell, Montgomery Knott, Astrid Menze

Featured Chefs:

Wed/Thurs — Max Sussman w/ Katy Peetz (ex-Roberta’s)
Fri/Sat — Nacxi Gaxiola (ex-Pulqueria, La Superior)
Sundays — Fred Hua (Nha Toi)
Mon/Tues — Josh Cross + Montgomery Knott (ex-Gramercy Tavern, Alain Ducasse)

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video_dumbo Film Festival at Eyebeam

Thu May 16, 2013 18:00 - Sat May 25, 2013

New York, New York
United States of America

Eyebeam is pleased to present video_dumbo's eighth annual festival and exhibition of contemporary moving image artwork, curated by Caspar Stracke and Gabriela Monroy. On view from May 16 - 25, video_dumbo will include fourteen video screening programs, alongside eight installation works under the title Re-Return to Sender.

video_dumbo presents 106 artists from 30 different countries, championing the diversity of today's experimental, moving image landscape. Screenings include several US premieres and new video works by: Christian Jankowski, Eija-Liisa Ahtilla, Elizabeth Price, Nicolas Provost, Matthias Mueller/Christoph Girardet, Almagul Menlibayeva, Bjørn Melhus, Johan Grimonprez, Mike Hoolboom, Jesse McLean, and Mark Lewis.

The concurrent installation, Re-Return to Sender, speculates about the imagined consciousness of digital and electromagnetic moving image displays and projection apparatus.

Other highlights include a video installation by Kurt Ralske at Dumbo Arts Center, a book presentation by Cooper and Battersby and Mike Hoolboom, and a Special Program of New Finnish Video Art, including an interactive installation by Lauri Astala:


Essential Repertoire: John Cage & Lejaren Hiller, HPSCHD

Fri May 03, 2013 00:00 - Sat May 04, 2013

$15 General Admission

HPSCHD, John Cage’s legendary Gesamtkunstwerk is a mass media orgy, considered by many as the wildest, largest, and loudest musical composition of the 20th century, its very nature inextricable from the tumult of the year it premiered, 1969. ISSUE Project Room presents this spectacle on May 3rd and 4th in collaboration with Electronic Music Foundation and Eyebeam Art and Technology Center, as part of the 2013 Darmstadt Essential Repertoire series. This new production features composer Joel Chadabe, who has directed performances of HPSCHD throughout the world, as artistic advisor. Keyboardist Neely Bruce, who performed at the 1969 premiere, plays in the harpsichord ensemble. Artist Bradley Eros directs the interpretation of the visual score, and curates projections from an extensive body of film and video artists.

Performances take place at Eyebeam Art and Technology Center on Friday, May 3 from 5pm to 10pm and on Saturday, May 4 from 1pm until 6pm. The audience is invited to arrive and leave at any time during the performance and refreshments are available.

A collaboration between Cage and the electronic composer Lejaren Hiller, HPSCHD is known for being Cage’s first and most significant foray into utilizing the computer to execute the chance operations of the I-Ching. The inspiration for the piece came from a commission for harpsichord, an instrument disliked by Cage. Starting with material from Mozart’s Dice Game, Cage and Hiller plucked from virtuosic repertory by Beethoven, Gottschalk, and Busoni (among others). Hiller’s programs in the FORTRAN computer language, named ICHING, DICEGAME, and HPSCHD reshaped this material for the scores. Hiller also produced multiple tapes of microtonal electronic sounds to be played simultaneously with the harpsichords. The event premiered in May of 1969 at the University of Illinois’s Assembly Hall, within a visual environment of hundreds of projected images and films, many supplied by NASA. Thousands came to experience the event. In retrospect, HPSCHD can be described as Cage’s prescient response to Marshall McCluhan, Happenings, the moon landing, the history of Western Classical music, hippy utopianism, Buckminster Fuller, and perhaps even a prediction of the computer age and its effects on human consciousness. Presented on the heels of the Cage centenary, Darmstadt’s presentation of HPSCHD offers a 21st century audience the opportunity to reflect on how this totality of ideas has transformed in the 44 years since its inception.

Joel Chadabe is an internationally recognized pioneer in the development of interactive music systems. He has concertized worldwide since 1969. His book 'Electric Sound' is the first comprehensive overview of the history of electronic music. His articles have appeared in Leonardo, Computer Music Journal, Contemporary Music Review, Perspectives of New Music, Melos, Musique en Jeu, and other journals, and anthologized in books by MIT Press, Routledge, and other publishers. His music is recorded on EMF Media, Deep Listening, CDCM, Lovely Music, and other labels. He has received awards from NEA, NYSCA, Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Fulbright Commission, and other organizations. He is founder of Intelligent Arts, an electronic publishing company, adjunct faculty at NYU, and president of Electronic Music Foundation.

Bradley Eros works in myriad media: experimental film, video, collage, photography, performance, sound, text, contracted and expanded cinema & installation. His work has been exhibited at Whitney Biennial & The American Century, MoMA, Performa09, The New York, London & Rotterdam Film Festivals, The Kitchen, and Microscope Gallery. He has worked for many years with the New York Filmmakers’ Cooperative, Anthology Film Archives & co-directed the Roberta Beck Mercurial Cinema. Also a maverick curator, composer, designer & investigator, Eros’s practice encompasses ephemeral cinema, mediamystics, subterranean science, erotic psyche, cinema povera, poetic accidents and musique plastique.

Darmstadt “Classics of the Avant Garde” is the music series led by composers Nick Hallett and Zach Layton since 2004, a program of ISSUE Project Room. Essential Repertoire serves to present dynamic interpretations of rarely performed masterpieces from the canon of experimental music.

Founded in 2003, ISSUE Project Room is a pioneering nonprofit performance center, presenting projects by more than 200 interdisciplinary artists each year that expand the boundaries of artistic practice and stimulate critical dialogue in the broader community. By facilitating the commission and premiere of more than 25 innovative new works each year, ISSUE performs an essential research and development function that stimulates a constant influx of ideas into the local, national, and international creative landscape.