Reanimating Ararat

Two Perspectives on Mordecai Noah’s Jewish Homeland

Date: April 16th, 2012
Place: University of Toronto
Time: 4:00 – 6:00 pm

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“Noah’s Ark on the Niagara: The Intellectual History of Mordecai Manuel Noah’s Territorialism.”
Adam Rovner, University of Denver

“Mapping Ararat: Envisioning a Virtual Jewish Homeland”
Louis Kaplan, University of Toronto
Melissa Shiff, University of Toronto
John Craig Freeman, Emerson College

In 1825 Mordecai Noah proclaimed Grand Island New York to be a refuge for the Jews. He called it Ararat – the rest is history… and digital Art.

With field testing of Mapping Ararat: An Imaginary Jewish Homelands Project, on location on Grand Island New York.


Adan Rovner reads Mordecai Noah’s proclamation on the virtual Ararat cornerstone, Grand Island, NY, April 17, 2012.”

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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