HD Mobile Device Proposal

In June, 2011, the international artist collective Manifest.AR created the Venice Biennial 2011 AR Intervention in the main pavilion complex of the Biennial in Giardini and in the Piazza San Marco.

Goddess of Democracy, by 4Gentlemen, Piazza San Marco, June 5th, 2011.

In a city with so much vying for people’s attention, what is needed is something with more spectacle appeal. What follows is a proposal for the development of two different types of HD augmented reality mobile devices.

The first is a remote control cart equipped with an HD display monitor, which could be deployed as an art performance at dusk in public squares across Europe. People could push the device around the square to look at various AR projects, or we could take it for a spin remotely and interact with the crowd. Of course the work would still be viewable on smart phones.

The second is a proposal specifically for Venice which would include HD display monitors attached to the windows of the Actv Venice Public Transit Boats, specifically aboard the boats on the #1 line, which includes all stops on the Grand Canal.

Remote Control HD Augmented Reality Mobile Device

Visualization of remote control HD augmented reality mobile device.

View a video of a remote control golf bag cart. The cart could be retrofitted with a medium sized HD flatscreen monitor attached to a smart phone via DNLA technology.

Visualization of remote control HD augmented reality mobile device in Piazza San Marcos, Venice, with the Crystal Coffin augment by Lily & Honglei.

Venice Public Transportation Boat Augmented Reality Mobile Device

Actv Venice Public Transit Boat with proposed HD augmented reality device attached to window exterior.

Visualization of view from inside the #1 boat near Rialto Mercado on the Grand Canal with the Goddess of Democracy augmented into the campo.


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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