As many New Yorkers ready for the annual ritual of summer travel, Eyebeam presents Tourists and Travelers, an art exhibition resulting from Taeyoon Choi and Joseph DeLappe’s 2007-08 residencies at Eyebeam. The show features an unlikely pair of projects that reflect the artists’ interests in journeys across real and virtual spaces: a Second Life avatar modeled on Mahatma Gandhi and a tourist-chasing, robotic duck. Choi, from Seoul, Korea, and DeLappe, from Reno, Nevada, both traveled to New York City for their residencies as recipients of Eyebeam’s inaugural Commission for Resident Artists. The Tourists and Travelers exhibition is free and open to the public, and will be on view June 21 – July 19, 2008.
Taeyoon Choi’s electro-mechanical bird Camerautomata Charlie: Image Digesting Robotic Duck is unleashed in tourist-heavy habitats, such as New York City’s Central Park, to roam and snap-and then defecate-photos of its own. Born of a hacked digital camera, printer and vacuum cleaner, Camerautomata Charlie and its flock will be on display at Eyebeam alongside digital prints, drawings, and video documentation of interventions in public spaces.
Joseph DeLappe will present documentation, artifacts and new works derived from The Salt Satyagraha Online-Gandhi’s Salt March in Second Life, his 240-mile reenactment of the walk in real life and in cyberspace. Over the course of 26 days in the spring of 2008, DeLappe walked the entire distance on a customized treadmill at Eyebeam, which was programmed to control his online Gandhi avatar in Second Life. A centerpiece of the Tourist and Travelers exhibition is a monumental cardboard replica-the same height, in fact, as Michelangelo’s sculpture of David-created from a 3-D model of the Gandhi avatar. Large format prints, stop-action animations, and video from the performance piece will also be on view.
On June 21 Eyebeam will also hold its annual Open Studios, from 3-6PM. During Open Studios, Eyebeam resident and fellow artists welcome the public into their working environments and showcase recent projects. Artists participating in the 2008 Open Studios include: Ayah Bdeir, Jeff Crouse, Geraldine Juárez, David Jimison, Friedrich Kirschner, Steve Lambert, Zachary Lieberman, JooYoun Paek, Dan Torop, Addie Wagenknecht, Joe Winter and Eyebeam student residents Tahj Banks and Glenroy Moore.
Documentation and projects by Jamie Allen, Jessica Banks, Michael Mandiberg and Andrew Paterson will also be on view.
Also on June 21: Eyebeam’s annual Open Studios, 3-6PM