Xi’an China Clinical Trials

My colleague Will Pappenheimer and I are pleased to announce the opening of the Virta-Flaneurazine Clinic at the exhibition, “Tangible Spiritualities,” in the West Galleries at the Xi’an Academy of Art in China. The 10 meter square clinic is the largest yet with 4 clinical assistants, tea and social waiting room space for the rather long list of test subjects signed up for trial experiences.. The exhibition continues for two weeks and will test comparisons of Internet addiction and wanderment between our mutually interdependent cultures, east and west. The exhibition continues for two weeks in conjunction Digital Art Weeks 2010.


Preparing the clinic for trials at Xi’an China during Digital Art Weeks, 2010.

Virta-Flaneurazine clinic at the Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts (西安美术学院).

Virta-Flaneurazine, Digital Art Weeks, Xi’an 03

Clinical Assistant Mo Mingqing (莫茗清) and Du Zhe (杜哲) welcome volunteer test subjects to the clinic.

Head Clinical Assistant Yuan Mengchen (袁梦琛) and Clinical Assistant Du  Zhiqiu (杜志秋) assist Artist/Doctor Pappenheimer with a trial in the exam room.

Virta-Flaneurazine, Digital Art Weeks 2010, Xi'an

Volunteer test subject receives 127 KB of Virta-Flaneurazine.

Virta-Flaneurazine Clinical Trial Results panel at the “Intangible Materialism And The Tangible Spirit” Symposium.

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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