Grow a New Eye, SF! Tonight.

24 hours to go! SF Event tonight! and 1 million updates yet to come.

Thanks to you and the generous donation of Square Enix, of Deus Ex Human Revolution fame (more on that later), a couple of large donations by Individuals, and countless of donations from all over the world — we made our Kickstarter goal, meaning we will be able to fund the development of the prototype of an eye-camera.- but again this is the minimal for just stage one of building the prototype. We definitely need more than 100k for it to be a viable device! So we need to keep raising money!

But we are so incredibly thrilled we reached our Kickstarter goal! There are still 24 hours to go and we are hoping to raise over 1K to reach a 20K mark. Besides helping create a sustainable enterprise; this will go to planning other aspects of EyeTanya’s transmedia mission: Interactive Website (A Bionics and Healing Resource for the Visually Impaired & Disabled,) Graphic Novel,  Experimental Documentary, Interactive performances, ETC.

Read our latest Kickstarter update here:

There are so many things to update you all about. But there hasn’t been time for me to sit down and blog – I guess that’s a good thing when life takes you galloping and all you have are the reigns, and the knowledge at some point you will have time for a breather and reflection. But the meantime, I’m back from a brief stint in NY just in time for
our GROW A NEW EYE, SF event tonight! In our final 24 hour window we want to celebrate with you tonight before the deadline tomorrow!


The evening is guaranteed to stir the imagination. There will be music, video installations, film screenings and heated discussions about the possibilities and limitations of technology on the human body.

Live Streaming

The Retro-Future Experience with performances by

Project Agora

Haggai Cohen Milo


Entry is via donating on Kickstarter. If you have already backed the project on our Kickstarter campaign at the $25 level or higher, your name will be on the Will Call list.

To purchase a ticket in advance, back our project at the $25 level or highter at:

All walk-ins are welcome but you will be asked to contribute via Kickstarter at the door! Of course if you want to pay cash only – we won’t turn you away!

To learn more about Tanya Vlach, and her personal story visit

Follow on Twitter: @TanyaVlach @EyeTanya

Holy “Grow a new eye” project launch!! It’s a go!

Sitting here at the TEDXSF Alive! event at Yerba Buena Center for the arts and with minutes to spare before “Grow a new eye” Directed by Phoebe Tooke about my eye-camera project screens before an audience of 700+,  I just pushed the kickstarter launch button from my iPhone.

Hello TEDsters if you’re reading – please leave me a note!

Without further ado please check out our Kickstarter and donate!:


Welcome EyeTanya Team Members Kathryn and Phoebe!

I want to officially welcome Kathryn Robinson and Phoebe Tooke to the Eye Tanya team.

I’ve know Kathryn now for a few years, meeting in a Directing class which is where I became her fan. We ran into each other over time and I’ve always been inspired by her path and projects she works on. So I’m happy to say her spirit and strength is well needed at Eye Tanya! Bienvenidos Kathryn!

Phoebe came as a gift to me through some dear filmmaking friends of mine Natalijia Vejik and Christian Bruno. Phoebe, a documentary filmmaker with a unique vision and sense of storytelling was researching technology and the body and was recommended to check out my blog / story. She approached me about doing a documentary about my Eye-Camera project and I was relieved to have someone as grounded and focused as Phoebe. She brings her vision to the project and I’m grateful for her artistry and commitment to the project!

“Grow A New Eye” at TEDxSF Alive!

Grow A New Eye screening at TEDxSF Event

short piece Directed by Phoebe Tooke about the Eye-Camera project will be screened at the upcoming TEDxSF event ALIVE! Maximum Living as a Human this Saturday June 4th at YBCA in SF. I AM incredibly honored to be amongst the incredible minds of the TEDsters. I hope to be inspired, learn, provoked — as well as excite TEDxSF about my super eyedea!


we are launching our KICKSTARTER campaign!

When: on the same day, June 4th

Operation: Engineer Eye-Camera

Deadline: Winter of 2011 … If the end of the world is truly going to happen in 2012 I want to record it with my brand spanking new eye.

If you are a twitterer, keep a look out for #growaneweye !

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TEDxSF Event: ALIVE! Maximum Living as a Human

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“If you see something that’s not possible, make it possible”

Thanks Mick Ebeling for this (I’m a huge fan of the remarkable EyeWriter Project) …  gearing up for my Kickstarter video fundraising pitch for my Eye-Camera. Working on the structure, trying not to be afraid, tapping into my passion and creativity. Editing, Editing, Editing.  Looking for inspiration where I can get it  —- Battle Cry!

A.R. Research

I crashed the Augmented Reality Conference at the Marriot SF International Airport.

I made it just in time to see the “Eyeborg” finish up his presentation. Finally met him in the flesh after emails for over a year now. What can I say, it’s about time we’ve met. Cyborg face off.

While my process is much slower, I am still moving forward, just now received a work-in-progress animation of my William Danz hollowed out prosthetic eye prototype #1,  animated by talented SF based one-eyed Marco Salsiccia,

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What it means to be human in a changing world.

A new series of articles about the affects of technology on our bodies, our consciousness, and ultimately our species as a whole. *** Warning this post contains a poll.

An how-to guide on staying sane, real, and human in a technological world present and future.


Benedict Campbell on Sexy Cyborgs of the Future

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Update – Meeting at MIT Media Lab

An oldy, but goody.

On July 29th, a muggy hot day in Cambridge I presented my story and camera eye concept to the Camera Culture group at the M.I.T. Media Lab. Challenging questions! But the good ol’ fashioned tough love helped me refocus my goals and clarify what my projects will be using my new camera eye. They are on board and enthusiastic — but in order to partner I need foundation support and BIG fundraising. (hint hint please visit the donation page .)

More updates to come…