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.

Metal Fabrication: Technical Drafting

March 24-25th, 10AM-6PM; free

A team, project-based two-day course, investigating the standards and the workflow of the metalwork industry using computer-assisted drafting (CAD).

The first day will be lecture-based with team building exercises -- students are suggested to take thorough notes and actively engage in class discussion. At the end of the day teams of two to three people will be created for the next day’s project and be quizzed for project incentives – most of the questions will come directly out of the lecture.

The second day will be the design challenge. Each team will be provided with an industry-relevant tool (example: vise or tap handle) that they will need to replicate or improve together and apply the lessons learned during the lecture – again notes are pivotal, because resources specific to the lecture won’t be available during the project (Provided Resources will be available during the project). An hour before the end of the day everyone will give a small presentation and submit their drawing sets for feedback. One team will be awarded winner of the challenge.

Brenton White - Beginning humbly with a mentor, Brenton studied technical drafting and machining from grade school through college. From then, and a little more than a decade of experience later, acquiring positions a as CNC machinist, programmer, developer and project manager, he has now ventured into operating his own metalwork and design business in Brooklyn, called Silicon Carbon. Holding four degrees, including a bachelor's in science and economics from Cornell, Brenton is a life-long learner who appreciates all walks of life and is eager to share with others.

The Monthly Weekly: Month 3

March 28st, 6:30 PM; free

A monthly meetup to bring members of The Weekly Weekly community leaded by Adam Quinn.

The Weekly Weekly is a publication dedicated to 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 - Alex Dodge: Painting In and Out of Virtual Spaces

April 4th, 7-8PM; free

Brooklyn Research is proud to present INTERchange, an ongoing series featuring artists working at the intersection of physical and virtual spaces. Through artist talks, discussions, and media we explore how new technologies inform and extend creative practice. We live in a world increasingly stratified by virtual layers of social, political, and economic culture. INTERchange hopes to understand how virtual and physical spaces are synthesized into new cultural forms.

Our first season starts with artist and Brooklyn Research co-founder Alex Dodge.

Join us April 4th for the series keynote and opening talk “Painting In and Out of Virtual Spaces”.

INTERchange - Adam Shecter

April 18th, 7-8PM; free

INTERchange is an ongoing series focusing on artists working at the intersection of physical and virtual spaces. Through artist talks, discussions, and media we explore how new technologies inform and extend creative practice. We live in a world increasingly stratified by virtual layers of social, political, and economic culture. INTERchange hopes to understand how virtual and physical spaces are synthesized into new cultural forms.

Adam Shecter’s work has explored time-based forms using video, animation, GIFs, and more recently VR. His use of unconventional timelines and narratives are often supported by sci-fi inspired themes and frameworks.

Born in Dallas, Adam Shecter currently lives and works in New York and was educated at McGill University, Montreal and the Bank Street College of Education, NY as well as the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He is a 2014 MacDowell Fellow in Film and Video, an alumn of the Rauchenberg and Bemis Center residency, and was selected for the Drawing Center’s inaugural Open Sessions Program. He has had solo exhibitions and screenings at 11R, 1708 Gallery, St. Ann’s Warehouse Experimental Puppet Lab, Bielefelder Kunstverein, Konstforeningen Aura, among others. Shecter was included in the 2012 Queens International at the Queens Museum of Art, NY. His work has been reviewed and featured in the New York Times, Rhizome, T Magazine, The New Yorker, and Time Out magazine, among others.

Pioneer Works & Brooklyn Research: MVR 3.4

May 8th, 7pm - 9pm; free

With the decreasing size and cost of computer vision, digital components, and advances in virtual reality, we are faced with a renewed awareness of the impact of current digital practices on the physical body. Returning for its third season, MVR is a lecture event series focused on new forms of exchange between body and technology developed by Eyebeam alumni Nancy Nowacek and David Sheinkopf, Director of Technology at Pioneer Works.

The final iteration of a four part series will be presented by Laine Nooney and Jen Bervin.

Laine Nooney is a media scholar and historian of video games and personal computing, and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Media, Culture and Communication at NYU. Her current project is a book about the labor and social history of the American computer game industry, told through a case study of the 1980s and 90s computer game company.

Visual artist and poet Jen Bervin's research-driven, interdisciplinary works weave together art, writing, and science in complex yet elegant ways.

MVR is a platform for sharing projects and ideas concerning these new interactions between body and information, device, and action and explores an expansive breadth of subjects and technologies including Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, robots, video games, choreography, and machine learning. Speakers represent a wide spectrum of expertise--coding, dance, anthropology, furniture design--and have included Gene Kogan, Liat Berdugo, Daniel Temkin, and Robert Yang.

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!

Do you have a listing of past events?

Yes! You can find them here on our Eventbrite page!

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.