Art 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.