Augmented Reality Check: Seeing the Future Now

April 26th, 6:00-8:00 pm
Van Pelt Auditorium
Philadelphia Museum of Art

In this panel, cutting-edge artists and software developers working at the intersection of art, technology and science, the real and the imaginary, offer us a tour through the potentials for an augmented future.

Opening Remarks

Gary Steuer – Chief Cultural Officer of Philadelphia; Director, Office of Arts, Culture &Creative Economy


Dr. Mimi Sheller – Professor of Sociology, Director of the Center for Mobilities Research and Policy at Drexel University


Deb Boyer – Public historian and Project Manager, Sajara and thePhillyHistory project

Dr. Paul Diefenbach – Associate Professor, Digital Media, Co-founder of RePlay Lab, Drexel University

John Craig Freeman – Artist, Professor of Visual and Media Arts,Emerson College, Boston

Chris Manzione – Artist, Founder of the Virtual Public Art Project

Josh Marcus – Software developer,  Technical Lead for Decision Tree

Mark Skwarek – New media artist

Virtual Art Walking Tour
Following the event Chris Manzione will lead a Virtual Art Walking Tour along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.  Original AR artwork will be on view as part of Breadboard’s city-wide Virtual Art Project in partnership with the Philadelphia International Festival of Arts (PIFA). Newer models of iPhone and Android smart phones will be needed to view the art work.


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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