About the Beecher Center for Art + Technology

About the Beecher Center for Art + Technology

The Beecher Center is an exciting facility that provides opportunities for the creation, exhibition, archiving and dissemination of technology-based art. In a creative and balanced partnership between Youngstown State University and the Butler Institute of American Art, the Beecher Center is an interactive learning environment designed to enhance teaching and research in new media. Both education and artistic production are central to the purpose of the Beecher Center and the Center promotes the collaboration between art and technology.

Dana Sperry
Digital Media
Department of Art
Youngstown State University
Bliss 4075

Lecture Series

Lecture Series

For 2013-14, the Beecher Center for Art and Technology present the EMERGENT FUTURES NOW lecture series: a lecture series dedicated to the structures that promote creative people to create and imagine for the changing world: collaboratives, cooperatives, collectives, hacker spaces and open source culture.

Dan Allende of Futuresfarmers
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
McDonough Museum of Art
Lecture Hall, 5:30pm

Futurefarmers is a group of diverse practitioners aligned through an open practice of making work that is relevant to the current time and place. Founded in 1995, the design studio serves as a platform to support art projects, an artist in residence program and our research interests. They are artists, researchers, designers, architects, scientists and farmers with a common interest in creating frameworks for exchange that catalyze moments of "not knowing".

Dan Allende is an artist, builder and inventor. He has spent many summers orienteering by canoe in Canada where he has gone several months at a time without seeing other humans. Dan collaborated with Futurefarmers on the Reverse Ark at the Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, Maryland, 2009, the People's Roulette for the Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture, 2009 and Soil Kitchen, 2011, a temporary public artwork commissioned by the city of Philadelphia.

He has exhibited or performed at the Walter's Art Museum, The Center Club, Mount Vernon Place Park, The Contemporary Museum, SZHK Bi-City Biennial 2009, 01SJ Biennial 2010, Transmodern Performance Festival, The Museum of Contemporary Art-Sydney, Berkeley Art Museum, the Guggenheim, the Exploratorium and MOCA.

Chad Whitacre, founder of GitTip
Monday, October 28, 2013
McDonough Museum of Art
Lecture Hall, 5:30pm

Chad Whitacre is a programmer, hacker, entrepreneur and founder of and, a platform for sustainable crowd-funding. An active member of the open source community, Chad is the author of the Aspen web framework, as well as tools for mapping and database management. He is also the founder of, a personal finance website for geeks.

Chad holds a B.A. in Ancient Languages from Wheaton College (IL), and lives with his wife and four children in Ambridge, PA.

Susan Snodgrass (co-sponsored with YSU Department of Art Lecture Series)
Snodgrass is a Chicago-based critic, editor, and educator. She is a corresponding editor for Art in America andon the editorial board of the online forum Artmargins. Her criticism has also appeared in Art Papers, C Magazine, Dialogue, New Art Examiner, Sculpture, and World Art, and she has produced and edited a number of books and catalogues. Snodgrass has taught art history and criticism at DePaul University, Columbia College Chicago, and SAIC, where she is currently a graduate advisor in sculpture and an instructor in the New Arts Journalism program.

Barry Anderson (co-sponsored with Student Art Association)
Anderson's artistic work spans video, video animation, multi-channel (surround sound) audio and installation art. He is greatly influenced by global pop culture of the mid-20th century. His has been featured in recent solo exhibitions in Los Angeles, Oakland, St. Louis and Kansas City. Two of his video works will be included in "The Big Reveal," and exhibition of recent collection acquisitions at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art starting in September 2011. His work also appears in the collections of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art and the Everson Museum of Art, as well as numerous corporate and private collections. A monograph of his work, Contact Sheet, was produced by Light Work in September 2009.

Jason Martin
Martin is a visual artist and musician making animal-human hybrid videos, performances, drawings, photographs, as well as a variety of songs and soundbased works. Under the title Power Animal Systems, he engages species-queer paganistic animism. Exploring power structures, species and gender hybridity, witchcraft, conflict, rock music, pre-history, and analog electronics. The videos, photographs, and performances are rituals, conjuring mysterious energies, removing anthropomorphism from its harmless, cartoon usage and connecting it to less safe, more real, quasi-mythical archetypes with Jungian undertones and erotic juxtapositions.

Ali Momeni
Momeni is a builder, composer and performer interested in the poetics of gesture, affect and timing. His work makes use all manners of technology to explore the social lives of objects and their embedded performative qualities. His creative output ranges from kinetic sculptures and sound installations, to urban interventions and music theater performance. Momeni is an Assistant Professor of Art at Carnegie Mellon University School of Art in Sculpture Installation Site-Work.

Caroline Savery
Savery is a co-operative business development practitioner. She loves to explore how organizations can be both effective and empowering for all involved, through drawing from an array of established techniques, practices and principles, including co-operative business models, sustainability theories, anti-oppression, non-violent communication, anarchism (direct democracy), consensus, and more, in a holistic, integrated way designed to best serve the needs and mission of each distinct group.

Jodi Morrison
Morrison is the creator of Fleeting Pages, a four-week-long "pop-up" bookstore that stocked works by local writers and books from small, independent publishers across the country. The project was featured in both local and national newspapers and blogs, including Pittsburgh Tribune, City Paper and the Make Magazine blog.

Eva and Franco Mattes
Eva and Franco Mattes are the Brooklyn-based artist-provocateurs behind Pioneers of the movement, they are known for subversion of public media through the use of digital technology. Eva and Franco Mattes works have been shown internationally including: Collection Lambert, Avignon; Fondazione Pitti Discovery, Florence; Postmasters Gallery, New York; Lentos Museum of Modern Art, Linz; New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; ICC, Tokyo; and Manifesta4. They received the Jerome Commission from the Walker Art Center, and they are among the youngest artists to ever participate in the Venice Biennale.

Brody Condon
Condon is an American artist currently based in New York. Concerned with the over-identification with fantasy in contemporary culture, Condon’s process often finds its final form in performative situations and video installation. The work often modifies existing pop culture, historical events, as well as other artworks. Condon graduated with an MFA from the University of California San Diego, and attended residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and the Rijkakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. Recent US exhibitions and performances include Greater New York at PS1, The New Museum, and MoMA in New York, as well the Hammer Museum and LACMA in Los Angeles. His work was featured on the cover of April 2011 Art News How Video Games Became Art..

Stephen Vitiello
Vitiello is an electronic musician and sound artist whose career contributes to the in-depth history of the American avant-garde in experimental video, sound art and music. Recent solo exhibitions include All Those Vanished Engines, MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA (2011-2016); A Bell For Every Minute, The High Line, NYC (2010-2011); More Songs About Buildings and Bells, Museum 52, New York (2011); and Stephen Vitiello, The Project, New York (2006). He has participated in such group exhibitions as September 11, PS 1/MoMA, LIC, NY (2011-2012); the 15th Biennale of Sydney, Australia (2006); Yanomami: Spirit of the Forest at the Cartier Foundation, Paris; and the 2002 Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2002). Vitiello has performed nationally and internationally, at locations such as the Tate Modern, London; the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival; The Kitchen, New York; and the Cartier Foundation, Paris. In 2011, ABC-TV, Australia produced the documentary Stephen Vitiello: Listening With Intent. Awards include Creative Capital (2006) and a Guggenheim Fellowship (2011-2012).

Paolo Pedercini
Pedercini is the founder of Molleindustria, an Italian team of artists, designers and programmers that aims at starting a serious discussion about social and political implications of videogames by exploring the intersection of ideology and electronic entertainment. Since 2003 molleindustria has released experimental video games dealing with unusual themes such as sex, religion, labor and ecology.

Jon Rubin
Rubin is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work explores the social dynamics of public spaces and the lives of ordinary individuals. His solo and collaborative projects include creating a game show for ideas, running a gallery that only presents exhibitions on people who live in its neighborhood, opening a fake store in an indoor shopping mall, making a punk band play the same song, over and over, for 5 hours, running his own clandestine restaurant, creating a show with a 10 year old boy, broadcasting an office?s telephone conversations through a talking piano, running a neighborhood truck that gives away free homemade goods and services, producing a cable access variety show at a senior center, and most recently developing his own nomadic autonomous art school. He has exhibited video, drawings, installations and public projects internationally including at The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico, The Rooseum, Sweden, The de Young Museum, San Jose Museum of Art, Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Germany, Nemo Film Festival, Paris, The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts,The Albany Museum of Art, New York, The Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, as well as in backyards, living rooms, and street corners. He has received numerous national public art commissions, fellowships, residencies and awards.

Golan Levin
Levin’s work explores new modes of interactive expression and nonverbal communication. Through performances, responsive artifacts, and virtual environments, Levin applies creative twists to digital technologies that highlight our relationship with machines and expand the vocabulary of human action. Levin has spent more than 20 years as an artist immersed in high-technology research environments, including the MIT Media Laboratory, Ars Electronica Futurelab, and the Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology. His work has appeared in the Whitney Biennial, and has been recognized with grants from Creative Capital, the Rockefeller MAP Fund, Arts Council England, and others. Levin is Director of the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University.

Melissa Ragona
Ragona’s critical work focuses on sound design, film theory and new media practice and reception. By forging approaches from the disciplines of film studies, art history, and new media technologies, her work has sought to present a more complex aesthetic, theoretical, and historical foundation for the analysis of contemporary time-based arts. Her essays and reviews have appeared in October, Frieze, Art Papers and in the edited collections Lowering the Boom: Critical Studies in Film Sound, eds. J. Beck and T. Grajeda (U of Illinois Press, 2008), Women’s Experimental Cinema, ed. Robin Blaetz (Duke University Press, 2007), and Andy Warhol Live (Prestel, 2008), among others. She is currently completing a book on Andy Warhol’s tape recordings tentatively titled Readymade Sound: Andy Warhol’s Recording Aesthetics, forthcoming from University of California Press, Berkeley.



Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It's intended for artists, designers, hobbyists and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments. For more information, check out

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Processing is an open source programming language and environment for people who want to create images, animations, and interactions. Initially developed to serve as a software sketchbook and to teach fundamentals of computer programming within a visual context, Processing also has evolved into a tool for generating finished professional work. Today, there are tens of thousands of students, artists, designers, researchers, and hobbyists who use Processing for learning, prototyping, and production.

Beginner: April 2 + 3, 2013
Intermediate: April 11, 2013



Miranda July Videoworks: Volume 1
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NMC 10
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New Maternalisms/ New Materialisms
Lovisa Johansson (Sweden): Black (6 minutes, 10 seconds).
Alice De Visscher (Belgium): Dream or Nightmare of Motherhood (4 minutes, 5 seconds).
Gina Miller (Vancouver): Family Tissues (6 minutes, 6 seconds).
Victoria Singh (New Zealand): SON/ART (10 minutes, 35 seconds).
Dillon Paul & Lindsey Wolkowicz (NYC): In Place (5 minutes, 3 seconds).
Marlène Renaud-B (Montreal): Take Out (10 minutes, 11 seconds).
Beth Hall & Mark Cooley (Virginia): SAFE (5 minutes, 5 seconds).