Experiments in Art and Technology

October 14 - 15, 2016

About Us

The Extended Body Hackathon will explore the relationship between emerging technologies and the body. We invite artists, engineers, musicians, biologists, scientists, hackers (bio, body, hardware, software, etc.), coders, web developers, designers and the technologically curious will work in teams to create innovative, disruptive machines, gadgets, contraptions or apps that thoughtfully extend or enhance the capabilities of the body in some way.

The Hackathon is presented by cDact, the Department of Art, and Computer Science as part of cDact's biennial celebrating, Fifty Years of Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.), a non-profit organization founded in 1966 by New York City artists and Bell Labs engineers. It supported sustained collaborations across the United States on technology-based art projects, offering both financial and cultural support that helped pioneer new integrations between the arts and sciences. For example, E.A.T. collaborations featured some of the first fine-art uses of video projection, wireless audio, and sonar.

In honor of E.A.T. we ask that participants form teams with at least one self identified artist and one self identified engineers. All hacks will consider the relationship between embodiment, disruptive technologies and their social, cultural and spatial/physical contexts. Participation is free and open to any Stony Brook student with an interest in the arts, design, innovative technologies, coding and extending the body.

Frequently Asked Questions

What's a fEAT?

fEAT stands for Fifty years of Experiments in Art and Technology. We’re a hackathon that values participant experience and creativity over competitiveness and points. Teams will be required to design a system to augment the human body in a functional or decorative way using littleBits.

Who is eligible?

Any Stony Brook student, undergrad or graduate. Teams must consist of at least one engineer and one artist with a minimum size of 2 and maximum of 80 total participants. Each team will be required to use LittleBits.

What should I bring?

Bring yourself, a photo ID, your signed waiver(if applicable), clothes, a sleeping bag/blanket, and anything else you'll need to build comfortably. Prior to the hackathon, it is your responsibility to accumulate the appropriate LittleBits during designated times(TBA), don't forget to bring those!

Experience + Ideas

Don’t be afraid if you don't think you have enough experience, a team, or an idea. A hackathon is meant for learning. We are going to have experienced mentors to help your team with a range of topics, and workshops on all kinds of skills.



Prize Categories

Best Augmentation of the Human Body (1st prize)

Best Engineered

Best Aesthetic

Most Creative

Most Useful




Time Event
2:00PM Hackathon Starts in New CS 120
12:00AM Midnight Snack


Time Event
9:00AM Breakfast
Awards ceremony with Alin Cosmanescu from littleBits
1:30PM Lunch


Open rehearsal with Shaiu-uen Ding and Miller Puckette (12:00PM)
Staller Recital Hall
Synchronizing Technologies, Yesterday and Today (8:30PM)
Staller Recital Hall
(RSVP link) Algorave: Live-programming EDM with Andrew Sorenson(7:30PM)
IACS Conference Room

Presentations, Papers, and Panels

Guerilla Girls The Artworld and Beyond (4:00PM)
Wang Center Theater
Panel with select Musicians from Fifty years of Music and Technology (11:00AM)
Georgina Born New Approaches to Time/Temporalities, History, & Electronic Music (1:00PM)
Panel with select artists from Resound (2:30PM)
Jimena Canales Memories of a Great Affair (4:00PM)
Reception: Club Red (5:00PM)
Simons Center for Geometry and Physics
Andrew Sorenson: An Introduction to Live Coding: Applications Across Art & Science (1:00PM)
Simons Center for Geometry and Physics Auditorium

Gallery Exhibitions

Resound, Curated by Lorraine Walsh with Margaret Schedel and Joo Yun Lee, (9/08-10/27)
Open rehearsal with Shaiu-uen Ding and Miller Puckette (12:00PM)
Simons Center for Geometry and Physics Art Gallery
Resounding Experiments in Art and Technology (5:00PM)
Wine and Cheese Reception
Simons Center Gallery and Lobby
Resounding Experiments in Art and Technology (5:45PM)
Julie Martin, E.A.T. Archive & Michael Connor
Simons Center Gallery and Lobby


Melissa Clarke

Lecturer in Art

Nicholas Ciuffo

Division of Information Technology

Alin Cosmanescu

Founding Member & Sr. Electronics Engineer at littleBits

Eliza Reilly

Executive Director of the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement

Ete Chan

Research Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering Department

Mike Sayan

Viacom Backend Engineer

Faculty & Staff

Margaret Schedel

Director of cDACT

David Ecker

Director of Research Technologies

Paul St. Denis

TLL Media Lab Coordinator

Stephanie Dinkins

Professor of Digital Arts

Roy Shilkrot

Professor of Computer Science

Richard McKenna

Professor of Computer Science


Jay Loomis


Kari Barry

Electronic Media Artist

Katherine Schwarting

Interdisciplinary Artist

Becca Uliasz

cDACT/STEAM Artist in Residence

Sharon Pak

Electrical Engineer

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