Imaging Place Meteverse

“Imaging Place” was designed to be scalable. When I produce work in a new location, I simply add it to the ever-expanding database and link the new location to the global interface. The project is in a perpetual state of becoming. It is cumulative and modular. Although the larger project will never be complete, individual modules can be added whenever and wherever it is produced. It was also designed to allow for the flexible migration to new forms as technology develops. This scaleable, modular and flexible design is why I have been able to sustain the project for eleven years.
I am currently running up against the limitations of Second Life as a platform and I aspire to develop my own open source virtual world. The final form will be a robust, stand-alone participatory social metaverse, where individuals from across the internet will gather to view the work, interact with one another and participate in the work through commenting, tagging and other social networking techniques. Ultimately users will be able to contribute to the expansion of the project.



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, and 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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