Distributed Collectives

Distributed Collectives, curated by Kelani Nichole, Little Berlin Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, August 5 – 27th, 2011.

Distributed Collectives is an exhibition of three web-based artist groups: Computers ClubManifest.AR and F.A.T.  The artists in these groups are located in cities all over the globe, including Berlin, New York, London, Phoenix, Boston, Amsterdam among others – many of them have been working together closely online for years but have never met in person.  This show examines the history and structure of the groups and looks at the diverse processes and approach of the artist working on the interwebz. Video documentation by Will Pappenheimer.

Metro-Next: Lausanne Arrival, John Craig Freeman, Lalie S. Pascual and Lili range le chat, Kensington PA, 2011.

Distributed Collectives includes Metro-NeXt and The Great Firewall of China.

Metro-Next: Lausanne Arrival, by John Craig Freeman, Lalie S. Pascual and Lili range le chat, is a follow up to Martin Kippenberger’s Metro-Net project. Before his untimely death death in 1997 at age 43 , Martin Kippenberger imagined a conceptual global underground metro system and started to construct entrances to it in different cities around the world. These faux subway stations led nowhere physically, but conceptually linked the cities and people of the world. Rather than subway stations leading to nowhere, Metro-NeXt leads to a virtual realm, a mixed reality portal, linking the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia, to Boston and Lausanne Switzerland. Using augmented reality technology, users/passengers can enter the Kensington Station and teleport to their city of choice.

If you approach the station within a few meters, you will be prompted to ‘Teleport Now.’ If you choose to teleport you will be given the choice to be transported to Boston or Lausanne. Site specific augments in the form of text poems in the shape of the Old Boston Statehouse or the Statue of Justice in Platz de la Palud will appear based on the choice you make.


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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