Curated by Lindsay Howard
Celebrating more than five years of thug life, pop culture, and R&D, the renegade art organization known as the Free Art & Technology Lab, or F.A.T. Lab, is going GOLD. F.A.T. GOLD, that is. From April 1–20 Eyebeam Art & Technology Center will present the acclaimed work of F.A.T. Lab. Organized by Lindsay Howard, Eyebeam Curatorial Fellow, the exhibition invites the public to experience and engage with the collective’s groundbreaking projects.
F.A.T. GOLD brings together an international group of twenty-five collaborators comprised of artists, hackers, engineers, musicians, and graffiti writers, many of whom have been involved with the organization as residents, fellows, or collaborators, for a week-long residency at Eyebeam. The influential group—who’ve collectively and independently received prestigious honors such as the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award, Japan Media Arts Award, Transmediale Award, Prix Ars Electronica, Emmy Award, and TIME Magazine’s “World’s Most Influential Person”—will be onsite daily during the week of April 1, participating in panels, hackathons, and collaborative pieces.
The exhibition will feature significant works from 2007 to the present, including new projects to be launched on opening night. Showcasing a comprehensive and critical selection of the group’s diverse output, the exhibition includes video, software, net art, installation, and performance. F.A.T. Lab members will also be working and hacking on new cutting-edge projects to be added to the exhibition on the fly.
The Free Art and Technology Lab
F.A.T Lab is an organization dedicated to enriching the public domain through the research and development of creative technologies and media. F.A.T. Lab’s greater network of artists, engineers, scientists, lawyers, and musicians are committed to supporting open values and the public domain through the use of emerging open licenses, support for open entrepreneurship, and the admonishment of secrecy, copyright monopolies, and patents.
F.A.T. Lab was co-founded in 2007 by Eyebeam senior fellows Evan Roth and James Powderly. Over the past five years, the group has grown to include twenty-five artists, designers and hacker from 3 continents, many of whom have been involved with Eyebeam either as residents, fellows, or collaborators. This exhibition is part of Eyebeam's 15th Anniversary series, which serves to mark over a decade of innovative research and progress in the field of new media art.
F.A.T. Lab members include: Mike Baca, Aram Bartholl, Magnus Eriksson, Geraldine Juarez, Michael Frumin, KATSU, Tobias Leingruber, Zach Lieberman, Greg Leuch, Golan Levin, Kyle McDonald, Jonah Peretti, Christopher “moot” Poole, James Powderly, Evan Roth, Borna Sammak, Randy Sarafan, Becky Stern, Chris Sugrue, Addie Wagenknecht, Theo Watson, LM4K, Jamie Wilkinson, Bennett Williamson, and Hennessy Youngman.
Lindsay Howard is the 2012-2013 Curatorial Fellow at Eyebeam as well as the Curatorial Director of 319 Scholes, a non-profit exhibition space in Brooklyn dedicated to promoting work at the intersection of art and technology. Her work uses experimental curatorial models to reflect what she sees as an essential shift in contemporary culture, specifically a growing interest in collaborative creativity, open source philosophy, and unlimited access to information. She has been following F.A.T. Lab's projects for years, but became interested in working with them when they “occupied” her blog (along with hundreds of others) in 2011.
Eyebeam, based in New York City, is the leading art and technology center in the USA. Eyebeam provides a fertile context and state-of-the-art tools for digital research and experimentation. It is a lively incubator of creativity and thought, where artists and creative technologists actively engage with culture in addressing the issues and concerns of our time. Eyebeam challenges convention, celebrates the hack, educates the next generation, encourages collaboration, freely offers its contributions to the community, and invites the public to share in a spirit of openness: open source, open content, open distribution.