We all know that funding the arts is a constant challenge, which is why we launched our Kickstarter Spotlight -- to shine a light on worthy projects throughout the country. Here's the latest installment:
Eyebeam, the nonprofit art and technology center based in Chelsea, is launching an intriguing Kickstarter campaign to build a new public entrance to the gallery that would enhance the interactive nature of the exhibits housed there.
As it stands now, Eyebeam is not a typical art establishment, despite its location in the gallery district of Chelsea. As an art and technology center, the gallery showcases work by artists and creative technologists who use state-of-the-art technology to conduct digital research and experimentation. And the projects that emerge confront the traditional concepts of art-making and the ways in which it should be displayed. Recent collaborations have included "Stranger Visions," portrait sculptures made from analyses of trace genetic material, and "Swordfight," a physical game involving strapped-on Atari 2600 controllers.
The new Kickstarter campaign aims to incorporate open source and content ideas into the redesign of the center's space. Artists and directors at Eyebeam want to create a new exhibition area with free Wifi, a coffee shop, and other amenities that the space now lacks. They are also seeking to construct a forward facing bookstore with movable shelves that can function as a hang-out spot for visitors and even an exhibition area. Artists would then be able to show their work in a more engaging environment that encourages the public to interact with and experience the art alongside its creators. This project would bring the visionary imaginations of Eyebeam's artist residents into a platform built for an open intellectual culture.
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