Speakers corners

The Speakers Corners Installation in progress toward April 7th Performance 3pm.

Big round signs resting…. the ‘This is a Public Space’ sign is now in Family Business, in a show curated by Hennesey Youngman. It even made it to the press.

More found IKEA furnitures and new  drawings about trying to move in to new apartment when a protest breaks out into a riot.. 

Reading too much Agamben and Badiou, obviously…


so the performance is Saturday 3pm. Last day to see this giant show!!! Closing the exhibition at 6pm! come at 3pm! Free beer, free berry, free whatever singularities.


Speakers Corners present few public events inside of the exhibition.

* 3/30 On General Strike: Screening and discussion in collaboration with Matt Paterson and The Public School New York, Our Lives are not negotiable 6~8pm http://taeyoonchoi.com/2012/03/on-the-may-day-general-strike/

*3/31 OWS Share Day: File sharing and open presentation on digital archives and creative contents related to Occupy Wall Street movement. In collaboration with OWS Archives working group. 3~6pm http://demo-day.org

*4/7 Closing performance 3~5pm

*Critic’s Pick on Time Out NY   

Tower of pickets


Speakers’ Corners 

A project by Taeyoon Choi at Eyebeam’s Main Space.

March 1st~ April 7th, 2012


“Let’s talk about Democracies. Democracy as in IKEA and shipping containers, as in Open Source and Free Stuff, as in Organic and Facebook, as in Christmas lights at Occupy Wall Street.”


“Speakers’ Corners” presents a growing body of work made during Taeyoon Choi’s year long fellowship at Eyebeam in 2011~2012. These include documentation of workshops on riots and protest from ‘INVISIBLE______’ (July 2011), DIY friend kit from ‘Instant Friend’ and interventions in ‘Hacking IKEA’ (November 2011), mechanical protesters from ‘Management-bot and Occu-bot’ (December 2011), masks and trophies from ‘Headless Society is the only…’ (March 2012) and much more. Most of the projects are made spontaneously by hacking found electronics and furniture from the street, and they are activated using micro-controllers and participatory instructions to intervene in urban public spaces. The objects and video documentation will be wdisplayed together for interaction alongside drawings on paper, pickets, and digital prints. Both the installation of “Speakers’ Corners” and ongoing performance and workshops question the conditions of different democracies. Signs include captions such as “The only real freedom is free as in Free Beer,” “Bored,” “Citizen/Alien,” and “Friend/Enemy,” building on Choi’s recent performances and exhibitions including “My Friends, There is no Friend” at Spanien 19c in Aarhus and Copenhagen, Denmark. The project may appear to be ambivalent on political intention, however it is clearly optimistic about opening up a space for conversation and making friends, friendship as a metaphor for citizens in a democratic society. The title Speakers’ Corner is inspired by recent shift toward fearless speech, after ten years of fearful speech post 9/11 and the culture of War on Terror.


East Wall: 

Speakers’ Corners (Wood, hand made electronics, drawings on mixed media, 2012)

A wooden stage in a dodecagon shape symbolizes twelve persons necessary to be recognized for a crowd to be a riot, according to the Riot Act from 1715, United Kingdom.

The electronics are made from recycling and hacking old computer parts and printers. All objects are intended to be used for performance and intervention in public space as well as in the gallery. Speakers‘ Corners is used as a space to develop and experiment with the idea of free speech and democracy. Work in progress prototypes are installed along side completed projects and drawings.


Occu-bot and Management-bot (HD Video, 6 minutes, 2011)

A video documentation of the robots in action. The mechanical protester and a walking banker were deployed near Zuccotti Park on December 26th, 2011.


Speakers’ Corners Action #3 (HD Video, 5 minutes, 2012)

Throughout five week period of the exhibition, artist continues to change and develop the projects on a daily basis. Impromptu performance and encounters are recorded on video as Actions.

Main Screen:

Invisible Crowd (HD Video, 54 minutes, 2011)

A video documentation from a public workshop with Red Channels in July 28th, 2011 as part of Invisible ______ at Eyebeam’s Project Space.
The workshop aims to challenge the common understanding of ‘crowd’ in moving image. Invisible Crowd will present a selection of video essays and a performative presentation “[..] constructed through an autonomous collective approach to research. It is one potential manifestation of a co-studied genealogy of crowds, affect, and cinema; historical and represented. Of interest are the ways artists and social theorists, as well as evolving media and technology, have attempted to understand, represent, and control the potential of crowds.” (text quoted from Whitney ISP exhibition featuring Invisible Crowd)


Dog Fight (HD Video, 5 minutes, 2011)
A video documentation of performance in Forest Park, NY in November 11th, 2011. There was an open call for participants without much information about what will happen. The participants (friends and theater students) were given paper dogs and restricted in speaking human language for two hours.


North Wall:

Instant Friend (Laser cut acrylics, electronics, found furniture, dimension variable, 2011)

Instant Friend is a DIY kit to make your own friend. Almost everything is made from found material, namely acrylic panel from Hans Haacke’s exhibition at Paula Cooper Gallery, IKEA shelves from 21st street/10th avenue, and wood disposed by Crozier Fine Arts across the street from Eyebeam.


Hacking IKEA (HD Video, 9 minutes, 2011)

Choi went to the largest IKEA near Malmo, Sweden and hacked furnitures and products on display. The video was


West Wall:

Tower of Pickets (Cardboard, foam board and wood panels, 12 *30 feet, 2012)

A constantly growing tower of pickets and posters made by artists and also collected from the scenes of protest.


Public Event:

On the May Day General Strike
Time: 3.30.2012. 6~8pm
Presented by: “Death to Capitalism Cinema“, “Speakers’ Corners“, “The Public School New York”, “Strike Everywhere
Discussion moderated by Matt Paterson and Taeyoon Choi.
Special guests to be announced.

An evening of screening and open discussion about General Strike. We invite artists, activists, filmmakers and anyone to share thoughts about recent events related to the Occupy movement and spatial tactics of civil disobedience. The event aims to further understand potential and consequences of General Strike planned for May 1st in New York City.
OWS Archives Share Day 

How can a social movement be preserved and represented through archives? What are creative ways archives can be utilized now and in the future through digital technologies? Since September 17th 2011, protesters with Occupy Wall Street have raised their voices in public spaces across the country and taken it to the streets as well as online spaces.
Anyone who wishes to present their work in art, activism and archive can sign up for a short presentation. Video projection and audio amplification will be available. Attendees are welcome to submit a copy of their digital files for preservation in the OWS digital archive and share their content with like minded others. This event aims to present and archive many views of democracy. This event is presented in collaboration with memebers of the OWS Archives Anna Perricci and Christine O’Heron, and ‘Speakers’ Corners‘ an exhibition by Taeyoon Choi at Eyebeam. Please send a brief introduction to your work and archive to activisttechnology@gmail.com by March 30th 12:00PM. More information: http://demo-day.org

Hacking parts from old computers in Eyebeam garbage. 

Somehow getting a real kick out of making Hammer and Sickle from IKEA parts. 

Installation in process.

Picking up furniture from the streets. Fernando gave me a nice shelf, which is being used to show IFriends.

‘Speakers’ corners’, a new performance and installation by Eyebeam Fellow Taeyoon Choi, will be presented at the main exhibition space of Eyebeam Art and Technology from March 1st to April 7th. Building upon previous projects ‘INVISIBLE’ (7/2011, NYC) and ‘My friends, there is no friend’ (12/2011, Denmark), ‘Speakers’ corners’ explore the notion of free speech and the various condition of democracies through interventions in the sites of historic protest and riot as well as contemporary privately owned public spaces in New York City.

On display will be a stage, a speaker’s corner, with objects that are activated through performance; mechanical protester ‘Occu-bot’, megaphone dog ‘Barky’ and ‘Management-bot’ to name a few. The objects are produced through spontaneous process between hand made electronics, reappropriation of found objects and drawing. Video diary from the Occupy Wall Street movement in the Fall of 2010, as well as new actions for the “Speakers’ Corner” will be screened.

Every Saturday from 1 to 6pm, the exhibition space will be open to the public as a Speakers’ Corner and will host reading groups and free classes.

Update from March 3rd Here! 

 Nov 17, 2011, Taeyoon Choi