Eyebeam Phase II Launch

Mark your calendar: on the 19th of February between (8pm-12am CET / 2-6 pm EST) Apian will launch The Intimacy Machine during Eyebeam’s festival From the Rupture: Ideas and Actions for the Future – a four-day online/IRL festival of art and ideas. The festival will be held between the 17th to the 20th of February (each day at 8pm-12am CET / 2-6 pm EST). RSVP is necessary via this link: fromtherupture.eyebeam.org

Since October 2020, Apian has been developing a project in collaboration with Eyebeam as a Rapid Response Phase II fellow. Called The Intimacy Machine, this piece has been made in collaboration with Harry Bloch and Joris Landman from Studio Harris Blondman and the visual anthropologist Ellen Lapper. This machine aims to challenge the forthcoming of digital apparatuses into beekeeping practices. Taking the form of a manifesto and a DIY academic journal, it offers a refuge where we can encounter bees on a more egalitarian basis and imagine new forms of intimacies with them, yet without somatic proximity (Jake Metcalf). Find more about the project in the project section.

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[ID: “From the rupture: Ideas & Actions for the Future” floats across the screen on a black background as eight orbs enter the screen and fall on top of a moving grid. At the bottom, it reads, “Eyebeam Rapid Response for a Better Digital Future” on the left and “February 17-20, fromtherupture.eyebeam.org” on the right.]

Join Eyebeam and Rapid Response fellows for an expansive digital convening of radical practitioners spanning the fields of public policy, journalism, healthcare, and more with over 25 talks and conversations. From the Rupture: Ideas and Actions for the Future coincides with eight notable project launches that were supported by Eyebeam’s Rapid Response for a Better Digital Future. This groundbreaking fully-digital artist fellowship that was launched at the onset of the pandemic has supported artists Apian, Dillon Sung in Collaboration with the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition, Juan Pablo García Sossa (JPGS), Rashaad Newsome, Solar Protocol (Tega Brain, Alex Nathanson, and Benedetta Piantella), Valencia James (Volumetric Performance Toolbox), KinkOut/Veil Machine (Yin Q, Empress Wu, Niko Flux, Thea Luce, Body of Workers), and Xin Xin.

The program will delve deeply into digital and public life – ranging from consensual coding to police surveillance – with contributions from Amelia Winger Bearskin, Aza Raskin, Chancey Fleet, Cydney Brown (BEAM), Dorothy Santos, Elaine Díaz, Joan Greenbaum, Julie Ricard, Juno Mac, LaJuné McMillian, Kara Gilmour, Laura Raicovich, Lauren Ruffin, Laurie Jo Reynolds, Legacy Russell, Miguel A. López, Mutale Nkonde, Nash Sheard, Nisa Mackie, Paige Mulhern, Salome Asega, Sasha Costanza-Chock, Timothy Morton, and Vincent Southerland.

Apian project will be launch during day three 19th Feb (8pm-12am CET / 2-6 pm EST): Digital Intimacies!


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[ID: A black and white infographic reading: Friday, February 19 Digital intimacies: Reimagining performance and modes of connection. Launching new works by: Apian/Aladin Borioli and Valencia James/Volumetric Performance Toolbox. Talks by Aza Raskin, Kara Gilmour. Conversations with Paige Mullhearn & Aladin Borioli, Amelia Winger Bearskin & Valencia James. Hosted by Lauren Ruffin]