Upcoming Events and Workshops

Through ongoing public events and workshops Brooklyn Research serves as a technology-driven hub for interdisciplinary research, innovation, and learning in the heart of Brooklyn. We support Research Groups working in a range of fields and problem spaces. Our workshops offer artists, designers, and engineers unique access to tools and knowledge that can extend and inform their practice in new ways.

INTERchange - Mika Tajima

September 19th, 7PM; free

Season 2 of Brooklyn Research’s INTERchange talk series begins with Mika Tajima.

Tajima’s work spans a broad range of media including sculpture, painting, video, music, and performance. Tajima’s work examines the bodily and psychic experience of power in contemporary life. Through a research-based practice, Tajima focuses on how the human body, actions, and emotions are shaped by ortho-architectonic and computational technology. In creating heightened sensorial and material experiences, her installation and objects underline the dynamics of control, performance, and freedom and the agency of being uncontainable. Recent work has incorporated real-time data as an integral dimension with sources including global market data and social media-based sentiment analysis. Tajima will discuss her work and how network technologies have influenced and extended her practice.

Tajima’s work has been shown internationally, at venues including Centre Pompidou in Paris, the South London Gallery in London, Tensta Konsthall in Stockholm, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Seattle Art Museum, Sculpture Center and PS1 Contemporary Art Center in New York City, Bass Museum in Miami, Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

Tajima’s work will be included in the upcoming exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art; Programmed: Rules, Codes, and Choreographies in Art, 1965–2018

The Weekly Weekly - Kitchen Mania

September 26th, 6:30PM; free

The Monthly Weekly is a monthly meetup that brings members of The Weekly Weekly community led by Adam Quinn. This month The Weekly Weekly will be hosting NFOI Research Group, testing their game controllers and discussing development process.

The Weekly Weekly is a publication dedicated to the practice of weekly iteration of art, design, and technology. The Weekly Weekly's contributors are members of the mailing list, special guests, and featured artists. This collaborative effort produces weekly mailers, podcasts, and a yearly publication featuring the contributors. They are of, by, and for the creative community.

Adam Quinn is a creative technologist who enjoys telling the story of other creative technologists. He graduated from ITP in 2014 and is a freelance producer and designer. He has a mix of an architectural and product design background, with technology and storytelling folded in the mix.

INTERchange - Toni Dove

October 3rd, 7PM; free

Brooklyn Research is pleased to present an artist talk by renowned media artist Toni Dove.

Dove lives and works in New York. Since the early 1990s, she has produced unique and highly imaginative embodied hybrids of film, installation and performance. In her work, performers and participants interact with an unfolding narrative, using interface technologies such as motion sensing to “perform” on-screen avatars.

Presented in the United States, Europe and Canada as well as in print and on radio and television, her projects include: Archeology of a Mother Tongue, a virtual reality installation with Michael Mackenzie, Banff Centre for the Arts. An interactive installation, Artificial Changelings, debuted at the Rotterdam Film Festival, part of the exhibitions: ‘Body Mécanique’ at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio; at the Institute for Studies in the Arts at Arizona State University International Performance Studies Conference.

Her current work in progress is an interactive cinema and robotics installation The Dress That Eats Souls. It will be presented as part of a retrospective of Dove’s interactive work at The Ringling Museum in Sarasota Florida in early 2018. The exhibition will cover 20 years of interactive work in performance and installation.

Dove was the Hirshon Artist/Director in residence at the New School for Social Research in Media Studies 2014/15. Dove has received numerous grants and awards including support from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Greenwall Foundation, the Langlois Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, The LEF Foundation, MediaThe Foundation, and the Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts from M.I.T.

Her web site is http://www.tonidove.com

Intro to Processing: Designing Brushes

October 10th, 6:30PM; $45

Processing is a flexible software sketchbook and a language for learning how to code within the context of the visual arts. The goal of the class will be to learn how to create custom brushes, designing first on paper, and thinking about the set of rules that can help us achieve our design. Over the course of the class, we will also explore topics such as randomness, movement, scenes, and interface design with control p5. We will be looking to finish a complete sketch that can be used as the start of a new project, a finished piece, or an element of a future performance.

Matthew Ortega is an artist, designer, and musician working at the intersection of art and technology. Though his current practice revolves around the poetic use of technology, he looks for ways to connect with his ideas about college and found footage derived from the remix culture of the 2000s. After learning how to program, he now explores the same topics of refuse, decay, and distortion through custom software and digital form. By building generative systems with individually designed "brushes", he focuses on systematic design over that of any singular image.

INTERchange - Merche Blasco

October 25th, 7PM; free

Brooklyn Research welcomes New York based composer and interdisciplinary artist Merche Blasco. Please join us for her talk on October 25th, 2018.

Blasco’s practice revolves around building new instruments for electronic music performance, orchestrating participatory sound performances in public spaces, and electroacoustic improvisation. She has presented her performances and installations at the Whitney Museum of American Art, NIME conferences, Sonar Festival (Barcelona), Make Music NY, SONIC Festival (NYC), Mapping Festival (Geneva), Queens Museum of Art (NYC), Harvestworks (NYC) and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Santiago, Chile, among others. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Wire magazine.

Merche is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in music composition at New York University (GSAS).

More on the artist’s website: http://half-half.es/

Frequently Asked Questions

Where are the classes taught?

Classes are taught at Brooklyn Research facilities on the 6th Floor of the old Pfizer Building, right in the heart of Brooklyn. The address is 630 Flushing Avenue but the main entrance is at 28 Tompkins Avenue. The building is easily accessible from the G train (Flushing Ave station) and from the J/M trains (Flushing Ave station).

Do I need to bring anything?

For most classes, laptops will suffice. Each class has its own set of prerequisites listed in the course description, with instructions on how get setup prior to the the start of the workshop. There will be a half hour period before the start of each workshop that is highly recommended for anyone unsure if they are set up properly.

Do you offer financial assistance?

We unfortunately do not offer financial assistance or scholarships at this time. We are a small organization with limited resources at the moment and are actively looking for ways to create sponsorships both internally and with outside sponsors. As an organization, we want to encourage diversity within our workshops and in general, so please bear with us as we search for a way to make this work and check back with us on our site or our newsletter for when we are able to offer financial assistance for workshop attendees!

Can I lead a workshop or talk?

If you would like to teach or have a subject which you would like to present, we would love to hear from you! Fill out our form to tell us a little more about yourself and what you are thinking for your workshop or talk.