Matthew Borgatti: Spaceman Lamp / Eyebeam Open Studios: Fall 2009 / 2009-10-23 / SML
Matthew Borgatti talks to See-ming Lee about his concept, idea and inspiration behind his Spaceman Lamp project. Filmed during the Eyebeam Open Studios Fall 2009, a biennial event in New York City that showcases artists who work with both art and technology.
Matthew Borgatti was born with a painfully overactive imagination, grew up a perfectionist and will probably die on a runaway carnival ride. He went to the Rhode Island School of Design and took summers off to build movie monsters in Burbank beginning with Snakes on a Plane and working his way through Aliens VS Predator II: Requiem.
After graduating with his degree in Industrial design he moved out to California to make his fortune. Although this didn’t exactly work out he spent his time there interning at Instructables, building boats for Makani Power, publishing a book called Show Me How, running industrial robots for a show called Prototype This! and helping everyone from independent inventors developing their first product to artists working on giant sculptures for Burning Man through Instinct Engineering.
He once wore a tshirt so witty that people thought he was both sarcastic and sincere at the same time. The paradox stretched the fabric of spacetime so thin that he was able to high five himself. He’s currently working at Eyebeam, developing prototypes for and directing the filming of Diana Eng’s project Fairytale Fashion.
Still photography by Matthew Borgatti
Still photography by SML Photography
Videography + video production by SML Channel
+ produced in Sony Vegas Pro
Original soundtrack by SML Music
+ Composed, mixed and mastered in Ableton Live
CC-BY-NC-ND 2009 See-ming Lee / SML Universe
Eyebeam Open Studios: Fall 2009
Eyebeam is pleased to host Open Studios for its 2009 Senior Fellows, Resident Artists, and Student Residents at Eyebeam’s state-of-the-art design, research, and fabrication studio; showcasing video performance, wearable technologies, code and humor, party technology, and sustainablity design.
Eyebeam is the leading not-for-profit art and technology center in the United States.
Founded in 1996 and incorporated in 1997, Eyebeam was conceived as a non-profit art and technology center dedicated to exposing broad and diverse audiences to new technologies and media arts, while simultaneously establishing and demonstrating new media as a significant genre of cultural production.
Since then, Eyebeam has supported more than 130 fellowships and residencies for artists and creative technologists; we’ve run an active education program for youth, artists’ professional development and community outreach; and have mounted an extensive series of public programs, over recent years approximately 4 exhibitions and 40 workshops, performances and events annually.
Today, Eyebeam offers residencies and fellowships for artists and technologists working in a wide range of media. At any given time, there are up to 20 resident artists and fellows onsite at Eyebeam’s 15,000-square foot Chelsea offices and Labs, developing new projects and creating work for open dissemination through online, primarily open-source, publication as well as a robust calendar of public programming that includes free exhibitions, lectures and panels, participatory workshops, live performances and educational series.
By See-ming Lee (SML) on 2009-10-23 16:38:34