Founded in 1997 by John S. Johnson, Eyebeam was the very first critical space of its kind: a place to think creatively about how technology was transforming our society. Eyebeam has given time, space and money to artists whose work has shaped our world – including the first-ever social sharing tool ReBlog, electronic toys startup littleBits, and the pioneering net art of Cory Arcangel. Everything is guided by a focus on Eyebeam’s core values: openness, invention and justice.

Eyebeam’s space in Brooklyn hosts a world-renowned residency program, innovative education initiatives, and exciting public events.

Open Call: Eyebeam Center for the Future of Journalism


The Eyebeam Center for the Future of Journalism (ECFJ) is a grant-making program that supports artists producing innovative and revelatory journalistic work for major media outlets.     

The funds distributed to artists will assist with research, travel, and other expenses many media outlets struggle to cover, allowing stories that are often out of reach in today’s climate to be produced. And, in an effort to be responsive to an ever-fluctuating news cycle, artists will be able to apply to ECFJ for support of their work on a rolling basis. Artists with longer-term, research-intensive projects are also encouraged to apply. Grant support will range from $500 to $5,000.


All applicants must read the ECFJ Open Call page before applying: https://eyebeam.org/ecfj

Eligibility

  • Individuals and collectives can apply. Collectives must have work samples that reflect a history of working together. 
  • International applicants are welcome. 
  • Applicants must have an existing commission letter from an editor.
  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
  • At this stage of the program, all applications must be in English.


Criteria

ECFJ is a grant-making program that financially supports artists producing innovative journalistic work for major media outlets. Artists applying must have demonstrated track record of working with major media outlets. 


Artists creating work with a focus on the following issues are encouraged to apply: 

  • Data privacy 
  • 2018/2020 elections
  • Role of technology in society
  • Political influence campaigns
  • Interrogating harmful technologies
  • Countering disinformation 
  • Artificial Intelligence


Each applicant must provide: 

  • 300-word project description 
  • Assignment letter from editor
  • A reference contact or letter of support
  • Two samples of past work 
  • Detailed budget of expenses (travel costs, per diem and research costs are acceptable)


At this time, final pieces must be in English. 


All applications should be in alignment with Eyebeam’s core values of:  

  • Openness: All the work here is driven by an open-source ethos. 
  • Invention: We build on old ideas to generate new possibilities. 
  • Justice: Technology by artists is a move towards equity and democracy.


Equity and Inclusion


Eyebeam aims to create a hub for conversation and practice-sharing that is aware and responsive to systemic inequities in technology and invests in the meaningful inclusion of historically marginalized groups and voices. Eyebeam is committed to and values diversity in its organization and programs as defined by gender, race, ethnicity, disability-status, age, sexual orientation, immigrant status, and socioeconomic status. With a history rooted in innovation and collaboration Eyebeam’s programs are grounded in artist-community dialogue. Eyebeam supports the meaningful access to technology for everyone. 


Applications accepted on a rolling basis

For questions, please email ecfj@eyebeam.org and visit www.eyebeam.org/ecfj


In keeping with other organizations similarly supporting journalistic projects, if your project is one that takes you to a high-risk location, your media partner must abide by ACOS Alliance principles. More details here. Your media partner should also be fully responsibile for your endeavors.

Digital Day Camp (DDC) is a summer arts and technology intensive for NYC high school students. We believe in experimental education and that every educational program at Eyebeam should be core to our values of openness, invention, justice, and access. Each session will cover the same content and instruction, and availability to teach a workshop during both sessions is preferred.


Session 1: July 15th - July 26th, 9:30am to 4pm (Mon - Fri) 

Session 2: July 29th - August 9th, 9:30am to 4pm (Mon - Fri)

Where: 2 Metrotech @ NYU Tandon / Game Center, Downtown Brooklyn

Who: Appx. 40 high school students aged 15-19 with various levels of experience with technology


What we are looking for:
Classes or workshops that teach skills and explore how technology impacts our lives. Especially helpful to keep in mind is this year's residency theme of ACCESS:


How can artist-initiated projects and new technologies disrupt and refigure legislated and often constricted measures of access? How can we think about access as a process informed through lived experience? How does access construct relationships with the world and with each other? And more specifically, how do a multiplicity of intersectional, lived experiences such as through disability, race, and gender inform, challenge, and invite reimaginings of what digital and physical access can be?

We are seeking proposals for classes that uphold our guiding principals:
 

  • Openness: to teach technology through art, encouraging self-expression and inquiry with the goal to create learning habits that are long lasting and self-perpetuating.
  • Justice: to engage students to think critically about technology practices and how they can be used to further social justice, equality and activism.
  • Invention: to empower youth to see technology as a tool for creation, enabling them to be producers, not only consumers.
  • Access: to teach fundamental technology concepts pairing minimal materials with maximum impact.


Additionally, all programs/software used should be open-source, and workshops should take into consideration potential accessibility needs of students with varying experiences with technology. All documentation will be uploaded onto Github and Eyebeam's website to be shared with a larger community of students and educators. Click here for a workshop template.


Pay

$100 per 2 hour workshop. Workshops can range from 2 hours (half day) to 4 hours (full day). Payment will be delivered at the end of the session and payment rate would be dependent on length of class/workshop.


Accessibility 

The accessible entrance to NYU Tandon Game Center is on Lawrence Street. Restrooms in the space are wheelchair accessible. The nearest accessible subway stop is the Jay St-Metro Tech station (A, C, F & R train). For information on accessible transit on the MTA visit this link. For questions regarding accessibility, or to request access services, please email info@eyebeam.org or (347) 378-9163 (voice only).

For application questions, please contact Yidan Zeng (Programs Associate) at yidan.zeng@eyebeam.org.

People of color, immigrants, women, LGBTQ people, disabled people, and members of other historically marginalized groups are especially welcome and encouraged to apply. Eyebeam is an equal opportunity employer.


Check out Eyebeam Education for more information on previous programs. Twitter & Instagram: @eyebeamnyc

Eyebeam accepts internship applications on a rolling basis for the following departments:

  • Programs
  • Education
  • Media
  • Communications
  • Creative Technology
  • Development & Fundraising


People of color, immigrants, women, LGBTQ people, disabled people, and members of other historically marginalized groups are especially welcome and encouraged to apply. Eyebeam is an equal opportunity employer.

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