14th & AR, New York City

AiOP_FREE_LogoArt in Odd Places
October 9th – 12th, 2014
14th Street between Union
Square and 9th Avenue
New York City


There are particular locations around the world where network activity has become so intense that the virtual world has begun to penetrate into the real. 14th & AR in New York City is one of the most active of these sites. Artist John Craig Freeman has developed a software application for mobile devices that allows the general public to detect and view this phenomenon.

Theorist and science fiction authors have predicted for years, that the virtual world would one day begin to merge with the real. Bits and bytes will leak into and mingle freely with atoms and molecules.

Like the subterranean watershed, virtual dimensions courses through the cityscape in rivers of fiber optic flows, just below the surface, often indictable with the naked eye. 14th & AR converts the users phone into a divining rod of sorts, allowing netzens to dowse for alternative realms of awareness. Dig deep enough and virtual reality leaks into the physical world unabated, a fountainhead the hyper-real.

Objects appear to replicate and float off into the sky. Entire buildings lose their mooring and drift away. Reality itself becomes unstable and fleeting at the intersection of 14th & AR.


Please see the 14th & AR, New York City project website for more.

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The Politics of Haunting and Memory in International Relations

Jessica Auchter, The Politics of Haunting and Memory in International Relations, Routledge, New York and London, 2014. p. 104.


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Artists Reclaim the Commons

Becky Huff Hunter, “Philadelphia Social Art,” in Artists Reclaim the Commons: New Works / New Territories / New Publics edited by Glenn Harper and Twylene Moyer, ISC Press, Hamilton, NJ, 2013, pp. 268–274.


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Announcing LACMA’ s Art + Technology Lab Artist Grant Awards


Last December, LACMA announced the new Art + Technology program and issued the first call for proposals. By the end of January, they had received more than 450 proposals from artists, architects, designers, and developers from all over the world, involving everything from drones and data visualization to rockets, robotics, sonification, and sensors. LACMA curators, staff, and Art + Technology advisory board members reviewed them, looking for projects that are experimental and address issues at the intersection of culture and technology, provide opportunities for public engagement, and produce data, methods of models that might be of interest to other artists and technology developers.


Photogrammetry avatar at Hollywood and Vine, August 14th, 2014.

John Craig Freeman will draw on crowdsourcing, augmented reality, and EEG (electroencephalography) technology in a project titled EEG AR: Things We Have Lost. The artist will interview people on the streets of Los Angeles about things, tangible or intangible, that they have lost, creating a database of lost objects. A later performance at LACMA will allow participants to “conjure” virtual objects using brainwave technology and augmented reality. Freeman is a founding member of the collective Manifest.AR, whose work seeks to expand the notion of public space by exploring how digital networked technology is transforming our sense of place.

Project website.

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EEG AR: Things We Have Lost, Basel

John Craig Freeman, with Lena Jermann
Virtuale Switzerland, Basel
Exhibition: 19 June 2014 to 28 September 2014
Opening: 4 to 7 pm, Thursday 19 June 201

EEG AR: Things We Have Lost allows participants to conjure up virtual objects by simply imagining them into existence. A database of objects based on the broad theme of “Things We Have Lost,” which includes things such as pensions, empires and dodo birds, has been generated by asking the people of Basel what they have lost.


The project consists of a city-wide public art installation viewable on smartphones and other mobile devices.

For more information and instructions please see the project website and for documentation, please see the photo stream.

Virtuelle Realität: Basel verwandelt sich in ein futuristisches Blumenmeer Basellandschaftliche Zeitung, June 16, 2014.

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AR[t] magazine, Augmented Reality, Art and Technology

Issue 5, May, 2014


The fifth issue of AR[t] magazine is available online or it can be downloaded. In this issue, the magazine looks at AR from various perspectives, however, the articles do have a common denominator: the future of Augmented Reality. Please see Site Venice Site Biennale: The Manifest.AR Augmented Reality Intervention into the 2011 Venice Biennial, by Tamiko Thiel, pp. 56 – 63.

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Rocky Flats Then and Now: 25 Years After the Raid

Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities
On June 6, 7, and 8, 2014

The extraordinary June 6, 1989 FBI and EPA raid on the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons plant was the beginning of the end for that large, nationally important factory just northwest of Arvada, Colorado. The raid preceded the plant’s plutonium production shutdown six months later – an action with local, national, and global impacts. It symbolized a change in U.S. national priorities that began balancing national security policy with environmental protection at a time when the Cold War nuclear arms race had slowed considerably. The Berlin Wall fell in November 1989, the same month Rocky Flats was shut down.


On June 6, 7, and 8, 2014 the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities will host a multifaceted art and humanities event commemorating the 25 th Anniversary of the raid. It will feature an art and history exhibit (including photographs and artifacts from the Rocky Flats plant) and panel discussions focusing on the raid and its consequences, including a grand jury investigation and subsequent disputed settlement of charges involving environmental crimes. Speakers will include former Colorado Governor Roy Romer, former U.S. Representative David Skaggs, former FBI agent Jon Lipsky, and several plant workers, neighbors, activists, and experts. – See more.


This event coincides with the 25 anniversary of the making of the Operation Greenrun II public art project at Rocky Flats.

View the video of the presentation.

See photo stream documentation.

Awareness Raising and Show of Support Planned for Sat July 19 2014. Join Us!, Candelas Glows, June 30, 2014.

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