Moon Lust, Augmented Reality Exhibition

Future of Reality
Adler Planetarium, Chicago
21 June 2012

Visualization of Adrift: Earth Refugie Vessels, by John Craig Freeman, June 21, 2012.

Adrift: Earth Refugie Vessels
By John Craig Freeman

Moon Lust is a speculative project that explores global interests and issues pertaining to lunar exploration and habitation. As a curated mobile augmented reality exhibition, Moon Lust hopes to facilitate a dialogue about topics such as lunar mining, space tourism, celestial territories, space ecology and policy, by locating augmented visualizations in and around the Adler Planetarium. The exhibition will take place on the 21st June, 2012.

The Future of Reality artist collective will invite a select group of artists to respond to the topics and present a located augmented reality exhibition of 6-10 artworks that best articulate the concerns and complexities of lunar exploration. In conjunction with the exhibition, a website will be established where participants can share their thoughts and ideas.

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Adrift: Earth Refugie Vessels, by John Craig Freeman. Screenshot by Tracy Cornish, June 21, 2012.

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A report on Moon Lust: An Augmented Reality Art Exhibition at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, Patrick Lichty, NMC|Media-N.

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About John Craig Freeman

John Craig Freeman is a public artist with over twenty years of experience using emergent technologies to produce large-scale public work at sites where the forces of globalization are impacting the lives of individuals in local communities. His work seeks to expand the notion of public by exploring how digital networked technology is transforming our sense of place. Freeman is a founding member of the international artists collective Manifest.AR and he has produced work and exhibited around the world including at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, FACT Liverpool, Kunsthallen Nikolaj Copenhagen, Triennale di Milano, the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Beijing, He has had work commissioned by the ZERO1, Rhizome.org and Turbulence.org. His work has been reviewed in The New York Times, El Pais, Liberation, Wired News, Artforum, Ten-8, Z Magazine, Afterimage, Photo Metro, New Art Examiner, Time, Harper's and Der Spiegel. Christiane Paul cites Freeman's work in her book Digital Art, as does Lucy Lippard in the Lure of the Local, and Margot Lovejoy in Digital Currents: Art in the Electronic Age. His writing has been published in Rhizomes, Leonardo, the Journal of Visual Culture, and Exposure. Freeman received a Bachelor of Art degree from the University of California, San Diego in 1986 and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1990. He is currently a Professor of New Media at Emerson College in Boston. Freeman writes, “If Andy Warhol set out to create a distinctly American art form in the twentieth century, I identify with those who seek to create a distinctly global art form in the twenty-first.”
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