AR on AR – Occupying Virtual Space – a presentation by GARhodes

“Occupying Virtual Space: AR(t)” With the proliferation of smartphones and free public apps such as Junaio and Layar, channels of virtual space paralleling real locations have become a new architectural space in which to create, exhibit, and distribute art. Though uncurated and uncontrolled, this virtual landscape draws on the aura of the real spaces in which it is anchored, playing at protest, playing at deconstruction, without ever completely manifesting.

Geoffrey Alan Rhodes is a media artist, film- maker, and writer. His works seek out new connections between the real and the virtual, the cinematic and the actual, fine art and popular experience.

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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2 Responses to AR on AR – Occupying Virtual Space – a presentation by GARhodes

  1. Wow Craig, so many powerful ideas in 9 minutes and 12 seconds. I wasn’t familiar with GARhodes (haha, I have so much to learn!) but he sure does a nice job of both discussing and presenting so many ideas about augmented, virtual, mixed reality spaces and the cultural and conceptual ramifications.

    I guess in a way it’s like looking at any geometrically growing phenomena, like Moore’s law or anything else, and then you realize it’s been going on for ages, but was small and unnoticed for a long time. So too, some of these questions can trace to Plato, but the do seem to have a special urgency here in our time.

    I did finally peek at Layar the other day – it seemed like if you’re a developer type you can write your own for free… but if you’re not (like me) you have to go do one of those pay platforms. Perhaps I can sort it out further over summer.

    Thanks for the great video!

  2. Reblogged this on I Rez Therefore I Am and commented:
    CHICAGO, 24 February — Reblog of Blog of Video of Talk on Augmented Reality presented as Augmented Reality. Geoffrey Alan Rhodes physically and virtually at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago courtesy of John Craig Freeman.

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