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VISION AND TECHNOLOGY: toward a more just future is a conference organized by the International Center of Photography (ICP) and Eyebeam that addresses the implications of visuality, representation, and privacy in the age of surveillance and big data. This public symposium convenes artists, technologists, and scholars to explore the following questions:

How do artists and creative technologists respond to, or intervene in, new technologies to create more equitable ways of seeing and sharing information?
How does technology facilitate both democratized representation and privacy?
How can we build toward just futures for our human and post-human selves?

9:30–10 AM
Breakfast and Introductory Remarks

10–10:30 AM
Machine Bias and Algorithmic Justice
A dialogue between Surya Mattu and Mimi Onuoha

10:30–11:30 AM
How to Hide
An exploration of privacy and obfuscation tactics with Harlo Holmes,Harris Kornstein and Sarah Aoun

11:45 AM–12:45 PM
How to Be Seen
A conversation on representation, interfaces, and our cyborg selves with American Artist, Tonia B******, Stephanie Dinkins, and Nora Kahn

12:45–2 PM
Food and fun provided

2–3 PM
Poetic Operations: Algorithmic Analysis for Trans of Color Poetics
A keynote address, delivered by new media artist and theorist micha cárdenas

3:15–4:15 PM
How to See
A meditation on virtual and social ways of visualizing realities and paying attention, with Morehshin Allahyari, Chloë Bass, Ramsey Nasser, and Reya Sehgal

4:30–5:30 PM
How to Build
A conversation on organizing tactics in a digital world with Caroline Woolard, Ari Melenciano, and Salome Asega

Symposium attendees are invited to attend an after party at Eyebeam (199 Cook St., Brooklyn, NY—about 15 minutes from the symposium location via the B57 bus):

Eyebeam Assembly: AFTERCARE
Presented with Topical Cream and ICP
6–9:30 PM
This post-symposium party celebrates femme-centered futures, with performances, installations, and vibes curated by Topical Cream.

About the Organizers
The International Center of Photography (ICP) is the world’s leading institution dedicated to photography and visual culture. Cornell Capa founded ICP in 1974 to preserve the legacy of “concerned photography”—the creation of socially and politically-minded images that have the potential to educate and change the world— and the center’s mission endures today, even as the photographic medium and image making practices have evolved. Through its exhibitions, school, public programs, and community outreach, ICP offers an open forum for dialogue about the role that photographs, videos, and new media play in our society. To date, it has presented more than 700 exhibitions and offered thousands of classes at every level. ICP brings together photographers, artists, students, and scholars to create and interpret the realm of the image. Here, members of this unique community are encouraged to explore photography and visual culture as mediums of empowerment and as catalysts for wide-reaching social change.

Founded in 1998, 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, spacen 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. Eyebeam aims to ensure artists become central in the invention and design of our shared future. Everything is guided by a focus on Eyebeam’s core values: openness, invention, and justice.

Topical Cream is a 501(c)3 nonprofit covering women, femmes, and gender-nonconforming individuals in contemporary art. Since 2013, the New York–based platform has supported a community of artists, writers, designers, and technologists through digital publishing and public programming initiatives.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream


Assemblymember Brian Barnwell, in collaboration with Titan Theatre Company, proudly presents, “A Midsummer’s Night Dream”. Brian Barnwell is the Assemblymember of Assembly District 30, which includes Maspeth, Middle Village, Woodside, Sunnyside, Astoria, Long Island City, Rego Park, and Glendale.

It has been Assemblymember Barnwell’s goal to promote the performing arts in our community and recognize local talent. We are pleased to announce that Titan Theatre Company, based in Woodside, will be putting on the production for our community.

Titan Theatre Company is also committed to breathing new life and clarity into classical works of theatre, exploring new and contemporary language plays, and delivering adventurous and visceral theatrical experiences for our audiences and community.

“A Midsummer’s Night Dream”, a comedy written by William Shakespeare, is an infectious comedy of sly sprites, rude mechanicals and confused lovers.




Devotion Presents: Kate Simko & Animal Trainer

  • Life is a celebration so dress the part
  • Professionally tuned four-point Funktion One sound by One Source Audio
  • Crowd centered booth for 360 degrees of dance floor excellence
  • Custom fabricated reactive laser installation
  • Large outdoor patio

++ more surprises and announcements

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– Kate Simko

– Animal Trainer

+ More TBA

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This is not your ordinary gathering of conscious bodies, we encourage everyone to connect, be present and most importantly express yourself creatively & comfortably. We are a community with an ethos founded with a passion for mindfulness and connectivity.

If we’ve had the pleasure of your presence in the past, then you know words fail to capture the moments and memories that make these gatherings such a wild success. If you’re here for the first time, welcome to our collective of compassionate creators & dreamers – don’t hesitate to reach out to anyone in the community if you need help or have any concerns.

Sunday Service: Janani Balasubramanian presents


“We were peering into this darkness, crisscrossed with voices, when the change took place: the only real, great change I’ve ever happened to witness, and compared to it the rest is nothing.”
—Italo Calvino, Cosmicomics

For some nine months now, Sunday Service host Janani Balasubramanian has been in residence with the brown dwarf research group at the American Museum of Natural History. (Brown dwarfs are celestial objects which are neither planet nor star but somewhere in between in mass and brightness.) There, a motley group of astrophysicists examine brown dwarfs, low mass stars, and other objects whose existence disrupts our very notion of what is planet and what is star—and consequently disrupts the story of the universe.

Here, Balasubramanian brings together artists, astronomers, and artist-astronomers to show and tell stories of transformation. A dataset becomes music; a telescope reading becomes Art Deco; dust becomes a system; a shift in planetary motion becomes a folk tale; a rock becomes a family. The evening becomes a great deal of magical fun.

About the Curator
Janani Balasubramanian is a writer and gamemaker whose work has been presented at more than 160 stages across North America and Europe, including The Public Theater, MOMA, Abrons Arts Center, Andy Warhol Museum, Red Bull Arts, Ace Hotel, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Most recently, Balasubramanian premiered Heisenberg (an audio augmented reality game on uncertainty and chaos) at the New York High Line. Balasubramanian is currently a Van Lier fellow in new media at the Public Theater, and is working on Stargeit, a Cold War era novel about an extraordinary friendship.

About the Artists

JP Ventura
Jean-Paul (JP) Ventura is a New York native and was born and raised in Washington Heights. As a kid, he was drawn to the mystery of waves after spending weekends with his father, a fisherman, on the Pilot II ship of Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. This interest manifested artistically in exploring sound waves through DJing musical genres such as Chill-out, Disco, House, Electronica and Techno. Academically, JP is a senior undergraduate at CUNY Hunter College, where he is a Physics and Earth & Atmospheric Science double major. He is also currently interning at the American Museum of Natural History where he studies radiation signals produced by the magnetic fields of low-mass stars and uses that data to model the potential effects of those fields on the atmospheres of orbiting extrasolar planets. His hopes are to develop frameworks for the study of astrophysical data through sound for use in public outreach, and in the future, to help improve scientific access to the visually impaired community.

Ellianna Schwab Abrahams
After working for the better part of a decade as a graphic designer, Ellianna Schwab Abrahams moved to New York City to pursue a career in astrophysics. Curious about most anything physics, Ellianna has combined her two passions, observational astronomy and electromagnetic theory, in her research at the American Museum of Natural History, where she is a Helen Fellow. She studies stellar activity in the smallest, coolest stars, using light from across the electromagnetic spectrum to investigate large and small-scale magnetic properties. In her free time, Ellianna is an avid hiker and stargazer. She also likes to swim and visit the penguins in Central Park.

Bex Kwan and Sophia Mak
Bex Kwan and Sophia Mak are not the same person. However, being housemates and friends who are both queer, chinese, gender non-conforming performers of roughly the same height (Bex is half an inch taller), people kept confusing them for each other even though they had just met. Together, they peel back their alleged sameness to explore histories of foreignness, family mythologies and tender friendship. Through performance, they investigate where their mirrors of each other will fail, and where they will be transformative.

Mark Popinchalk
Mark Popinchalk is a science educator and PhD student at the CUNY Graduate Center. He analyzes brown dwarf and exoplanetary atmospheres with the Brown Dwarf NYC research group, usually by comparing them to computer models. He is a planetarium presenter at the American Museum of Natural History, and a co-host of Astronomy on Tap NYC. He plays ultimate frisbee, enjoys nerdy games, has more liquid water than Mercury but fewer rings than Saturn, and his favorite color is sky-blue-pink.

Moiya McTier
Moiya McTier grew up in a log cabin in the middle of the woods in a small coal mining town in Pennsylvania. From there, she went on to Harvard University where she combined her lifelong passion for fantastical narrative storytelling with her newfound interest in space to become the college’s first ever double major in folklore and astrophysics. After graduating, Moiya continued her education in the Astronomy PhD program at Columbia University, where she specializes in exoplanets and galactic dynamics. In her spare time, Moiya enjoys communicating science, cooking, and looking at pictures of dogs online.

About Sunday Service
Taking place the first Sunday of each month, a guest curator is invited to organize a salon style evening of cross-disciplinary performances and presentations that brings together a multiplicity of views around a singular prompt, such as a question, theme, or formal structure. Sunday Service centers works in progress, interdisciplinary endeavors, and diversity in format showcased in a lo-fi environment to foster the testing of ideas and critical discourse amongst peers.

Sunday Service is programmed by Stephanie Acosta and Alexis Wilkinson, Knockdown Center’s Director of Exhibitions and Live Art.

FiftyTwo Ft: Macon Reed


Knockdown Center is pleased to present Who Is Watching You More Than You Are Watching You, a mural by Macon Reed as a part of Knockdown Center’s FiftyTwo Ft. series of commissioned wall-based artworks in the East Corridor.

Macon Reed works across sculpture, installation, video, painting, and participatory projects to address social and political issues using a bright palette and storybook-like imagery in order to disarm viewers while depicting disturbing moments in history like the medieval torture of women or the troubling disappearance of dyke bars.

Who Is Watching You More Than You Are Watching You depicts a series of caves surrounded by brightly colored stalactite and stalagmite forms and plants. Eyes stare outward from deep inside each cave, forming constellation patterns. Surrounded by living matter, the mysterious interior space of the caves connects to an even more expansive and imperceivable space of the universe. With this gesture, Reed combines the threat of extinction of popularly known species of plants and animals to the extinction of a more intangible nature: the cognitive space of the imaginary.

For Reed, the decline of the imaginary causes minds to become more susceptible to coercion by tyrannical forces of power. The parallel threat of extinction to both species and imaginative thought is symptomatic of dire global ecological and political conditions. In constructing this fictional landscape, Reed aims to foster spaces for the collective imagination.

Macon Reed is an artist working in sculpture, installation, video, radio documentary, painting, and participatory projects. Her work has shown at venues including PULSE NYC Special Projects, BRIC Media Arts, ABC No Rio, The Kitchen, Art F City FAGallery, Chicago Cultural Center, Mana Contemporary, Roots & Culture, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, ICA Baltimore, and Athens Museum of Queer Arts in Greece. Reed completed her MFA at the University of Illinois at Chicago as a University Fellow in 2013 and received her BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2007. Additionally she studied Radio Documentary at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies and Physical Theater at the Dah International School in Belgrade. Most recently Reed was an artist in residence at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and a Research Fellow at Eyebeam Center for Art+Technology.

Treatment: Panel Discussion


Join us for a conversation about the issues surrounding the exhibition Treatment: A Plan for Rain, a project by net-based artist Nicholas O’Brien. The artist will moderate a discussion with architect and urbanist Jillian Crandall, artist Ellie Irons, and engineer Paul Grogan. Topics to be discussed include biodiversity, urban planning, and maintenance, and participants will aim to unpack and sort through the interweaving disciplines that influence and affect the strategies and implementation of green infrastructure in the city and beyond.

Treatment: The Plan for Rain rethinks the NYC Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) stormwater collection program by focusing on soil biodiversity, transparency, maintenance, and its impact on citizens.

Jillian Crandall
Jillian Crandall is a Registered Architect, urbanist, and researcher focused on local and global networks in infrastructure, mediated urban ecologies, and spaces of cultural and social production across time. She has worked on the design and construction of several civic projects in the New York City metropolitan region. As a writer she is focused on theory and analysis, as well as speculative and experimental fiction.

Paul Grogan
Paul Grogan is an Assistant Professor in the School of Systems and Enterprises at Stevens Institute of Technology. He leads the Collective Design Lab which develops and studies the use of information-based methods and tools for engineering design in systems with distributed architectures.

Ellie Irons
An artist and educator based in Brooklyn and Troy, New York, Ellie Irons works in a variety of media, from drawing to gardening, to reveal how human and nonhuman lives intertwine with other earth systems. She is currently researching the intersection of socially engaged art and urban ecology as an Arts PhD student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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