I feel it is my duty to bring you all the grave news that the augmented reality crisis is indeed spreading. What began as a rather whimsical, even playful experiment into the migration of the public sphere into the augmented virtual world by a rogue group of outsider artists, has taken a dark turn indeed. My office informs me that toxic waste dumps have been discovered all along the L line in Bushwick with reports as far west as the Bedford stop.
Even more disconcerting is recent international press coverage of a similar phenomenon in at multiple locations in Paris including Southeast of the Eiffel Tower, the Musée du Louvre, the Centre Pompidou, Palais de Tokyo and La Gaîté Lyrique. This would seem to confirm our fears that the outbreak has indeed spread to Europe. I believe that it is imperative that the French media be alerted so that the public can be adequately informed and take necessary safety precautions.
Please send screen captures to john_craig_freeman at emerson.edu. I will post them.
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.”