We’ve written about Eyebeam Art + Technology Center before—the forward-thinking mini-muesum in New York City’s Chelsea District. Always looking at new ways to explore the technologies that surround us in daily life, the Center has a rich background in interactive, audio-art offerings, and later this month, it’ll return to those waters again when it hosts its free Sound Research Summit, part of Eyebeam’s on-going Rec. Play sound series. To wit, from its website:
On April 21st, Eyebeam’s main exhibition space will be transformed into a small village dedicated to creative sound research, as part of the Rec. Play. sound series. Using resources as diverse as atmospheric sensors, ping-pong balls, string instruments, reverberant plates, magnetized wires, cell phones, data hubs, and laughter, participants from Eyebeam’s sound research group will convene to run experiments, share original research, develop work in progress, and explore collaborative strategies.
Interaction, encounter, and juxtaposition will be emphasized over sound isolation—the idea being that sound is transparent enough to permit a human ecology that transcends the singular focus of the concert format.
From 3PM-7PM, the public will be invited to witness the results. The day will culminate in a panel discussion featuring the lead participants from 7PM-9PM. Participating artists include Christine Sun-Kim, David Reeder, Mike Clemow, Yo Park, Keiko Uenishi, Seth Dellinger, Alan Sondheim, Azure Carter, Chris Diasparra, Brian House, Mary Mattingly, Kyle Kessler, Ben Houge, Bernhard Garnicnig, and Jackson Moore.
Rec. Play. is Eyebeam’s exciting new series exploring the shifting landscape of sound art and sound itself. Rec. Play. grew out of the Eyebeam Sound Research Group, initiated by Roddy Schrock, and longstanding collaboration and discussion amongst staff, residents, and fellows working in the areas of sound art and sound science. Rec. Play. aims to identify current trends in the realm of sound art, how it has changed with the times, and what histories remain to be traced. These events coalesce as a series of rotating, curated micro-festivals of symposia, installation, performance, and cross-pollinated presentations.
Eyebeam Art + Technology Center
540 W. 21st Street, (between 10th and 11th Avenues)
New York, NY 10011
Tel. 212.937.6580 Fax: 212.937.6582
Eyebeam is open to the public Tuesday – Saturday, 12:00-6:00pm. Admission is free with a suggested donation for all exhibitions and events unless otherwise noted in its calendar. Eyebeam is ADA compliant and wheelchair accessible.