Eyebeam Fellow Laurel Ptak- Researcher of Cyberfeminist Art Practices - The Very First Year

Since Eyebeam's founding 16 years ago, this is the very first year that its roster of Fellows, Residents, and Honorary Fellows includes a greater number of women than men. The Very First Year is an all-day event in consideration of this fact.

Installations + activities by Feminist Economics Department (The FED), Miki Foster, Jen Kennedy + Liz Linden, Laurel Ptak, Queer Technologies, Cassie Thornton, and Caroline Woolard. Potluck dinner with presentations of current work by numerous female Eyebeam Alumnae.

Organized by current Fellow Laurel Ptak and inspired by her ongoing research at Eyebeam into cyberfeminist art practices since the 1990s.


12pm: installations on view, coffee served, newspapers for reading

Installations on view all day will include: a Cyberfeminst Reading Room; a selection of Queer Technologies’ products including ENgenderingGenderChangers, a “solution” to Gender Adapters’ male/female binary; and artist-made furniture designed at Eyebeam by Caroline Woolard.

1–2:30pm: New York Times Feminist Reading Group

A reading group dedicated to Saturday, July 27th’s edition of The New York Times from a feminist perspective. The discussion begins informally with whatever news item or question participants first raise, and ranges widely from investigations of specific articles or images, to editorial choices and ad placements, to the larger questions of the business of newspapers, the migration of news into digital formats, and the future of media in general. Hosted by Liz Linden and Jen Kennedy.

3–4:30pm: Feminist Reproduction 3D Printing Workshop

A workshop on the fundamentals of how to use the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer, focused on its feminist potential. Miki Foster will teach the basics of 3D printing while the Feminist Economics Department (the FED) leads the production of an object with extremely high, yet completely non-monetary value. Attendees will learn about and participate in 3D printing as well as help produce the first 3D prototype of a feminist financial instrument and a new logic of value.

5pm: drinks and appetizers served, personalized 3D printing tutorials

Try your own hand at 3D printing on the MakerBot, Miki Foster will guide you through the process of printing files specially-developed by the Feminist Economics Department (the FED). You’ll be able to keep what you print and tutorials will run throughout the evening—until the filament runs dry.

6–10pm: Potluck Dinner featuring presentations of current work by Eyebeam Alumnae

Join numerous current and past female Eyebeam fellows, residents and honorary fellows who will present their current work over an informal potluck dinner. Appetizers and drinks are provided by Eyebeam and participants and audience are encouraged to bring a dish or desert to share with all.

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