Public Art in the Virtual Sphere
Sponsored by the Public Art Dialogue
Christiane Paul, Ben Rubin and John Craig Freeman, Photo by Vaneeesa Blaylock.
Thursday, February 23, 2012, Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St. Los Angeles, CA
Chairs: Mary M. Tinti, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum; John Craig Freeman, Emerson College
John Craig Freeman, Emerson College
Christiane Paul, The New School
Ben Rubin, EAR Studio
Whereas the public square was once the quintessential place to air grievances, display solidarity, express difference, celebrate similarity, remember, mourn, and reinforce shared values of right and wrong, it is no longer the only anchor for interactions in the public realm. That geography has been relocated to a novel terrain, one that encourages exploration of mobile location based public art. Moreover, public space is now truly open, as artworks can be placed anywhere in the world, without prior permission from government or private authorities – with profound implications for art in the public sphere and the discourse that surrounds it.
Mobile Art: The Aesthetics of Mobile Network Culture in Place Making
Jenny Marketou, Sarah Drury and John Craig Freeman, Photo by Vaneeesa Blaylock.”
February 25, 2012, Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St. Los Angeles, CA
Chairs: Hana Iverson, Visiting Scholar, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and Dr. Mimi Sheller, Director, Center for Mobilities Research and Policy, Drexel University
I-5_Passing/52 Food Marts Project, Christiane Robbins, Jetztzeit
Narration in Hybrid Mobile Environments, Martha Ladly, Ontario College of Art and Design
Silver (Gateways): Being Here and Everywhere Now, Jenny Marketou, independent artist
Mechanics of Place: Textures of Tophane, Sarah Drury, Temple University
ManifestAR: An Augmented Reality Manifesto, John Craig Freeman, Emerson College
The integration of mobile and locational technology into physical place has broadened the possibilities for the creation of new spaces of interaction and opened the disciplinary boundaries used to define and understand the public arena. When real places are merged with virtual worlds, or augmented with interactive digital media, the result is a completely new “hybrid” environment where physical and digital objects coexist in real time. What are the potentials of mobility spaces as new sites for integrating creative invention, public participation, and social interaction? With presentations from artists, scholars, and interdisciplinary collaborative teams that engage art that incorporates cell phones, GPS, and other mobile technologies, this session focuses on emergent forms of mobile art that engage, subvert, or recombine perceptions of the definable (visible) and indefinable (invisible) aspects of place that simultaneously reveal and construct their stabilities and instabilities, their materiality and nonmateriality.