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Electronics on Canvas: Les Années Lumière by Ayah Bdeir, 2008 / Eyebeam Open Studios Fall 2009 / 20091023.10D.55585.P1.CC / SML | by See-ming Lee (SML)
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Electronics on Canvas: Les Années Lumière by Ayah Bdeir, 2008 / Eyebeam Open Studios Fall 2009 / 20091023.10D.55585.P1.CC / SML

See also Flickr 720p HD video of this mixed media painting in motion + interview with artist's friend (Ayah Bdeir was nowhere to be found during the show...)


Ayah Bdeir

Les Années Lumière

22 x 30 inches

Electronics on Canvas

produced June 2008

in collaboration with Rouba Khalil


A bird’s eye view of a little over 3 years of violence, strife, and very bright lights rocking Lebanon, remembered and replayed in 45 minutes of proportionally timed light display.




Ayah Bdeir is an artist, engineer and interaction designer. She graduated from the MIT Media Lab with a Masters of Media Arts and Sciences after studying Computer & Communication Engineering and Sociology in the American University of Beirut.


With an upbringing between Lebanon, Canada and the United States, Ayah’s work uses technology to look at cross cultural dialogue and media representation of the Middle East and its identities. Her work spans a range of mediums including interactive installations, electronic fashion, gadgets, reactive furniture, and has been published and exhibited in conferences, festivals and galleries in Amsterdam, Paris, New York, Rhode Island, Boston, London and others, and taught in the graduate Design Technology (DT) Department at Parsons School of Design.


Ayah is now an senior artist fellow at Eyebeam, a gallery for art and technology in Chelsea, New York and teaches at NYU as part of the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) a class entitled ‘Technology as Identity’.




ayah AT ayahbdeir DOT com

+617 372 3729

540 W. 21st Street, (between 10th and 11th Avenues)

New York, NY 10011






littleBits is an opensource library of discrete electronic components pre-assembled in tiny circuit boards. Just as Legos allow you to create complex structures with very little engineering knowledge, littleBits are simple, intuitive, space-sensitive blocks that make prototyping with sophisticated electronics a matter of snapping small magnets together. With a growing number of available modules, littleBits aims to move electronics from late stages of the design process to its earliest ones, and from the hands of experts, to those of artists, makers and designers.




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.


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Taken on October 23, 2009