MW2013: Museums and the Web 2013

by Nancy Proctor

In the spirit the “hypermedia installations” curated by Xavier Perrot that were features of earlier ICHIM events, MWX2013 presents a “prototype” exhibit focusing upon Augmented Reality. Museums and the Web‘s exhibition initiative is curated by Vince Dziekan, and our inaugural exhibition features works by John Craig Freeman, Future of Reality and Will Pappenheimer that emphasise how the innovative potentials of AR can be used for tactical intervention.

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The curatorial strategy for MWX2013 adopts an “interventionist” approach, inspired by how the work of these contemporary new media artists harnesses the potential of AR to create artworks with a deceptively playful, yet critical edge. The resulting exhibition is “blended” into the main program of MW2013 in Portland in a manner that we hope will both surprise and engage delegates.

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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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