PHATT B: Pratt ’s Department of Digital Arts

avatar_bf5420436c26_128Pratt ’s Department of Digital Arts will host a one-day festival celebrating the Brooklyn digital arts community.

The festival, “PHATT B – A Celebration of Digital Arts in Brooklyn,” will include a series of panel discussions with artists, curators, and writers working in new media and digital arts, workshops on art and technology and an exhibition.

Pratt Institute’s Myrtle Hall (Lecture Room)
215 Willoughby Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205

Saturday, September 21, 11:30am-1:00pm


Meredith Drum, John Craig Freeman , Mark Skwarek, Sarah Drury and Teri Rueb.

Augmented Reality
Chair: Meredith Drum (Artist, Department of Digital Arts at Pratt Institute)
Panelists: Teri Rueb (Professor of Media Studies at SUNY Buffalo), John Craig Freeman (Manifest AR and Professor of New Media at Emerson College), Sarah Drury (Professor in New Media at Temple University) and Mark Skwarek (Manifest AR and Professor of Integrated Digital Media at NYU-Poly).

As the technical capacity of our handheld devices has increased, and new augmented reality software has made production more accessible, there has been a corresponding surge of mobile AR projects produced by artists concerned with place and situation. In what ways are these artists seeking to refocus our time and attention in virtual and actual public spaces? And, considering the limitations of mobile devices (small screens, limited sound quality, jumpy GPS), how do they aim to shift our experience and alter our relationship to cultural/social phenomena and other bodies—other humans, animals and plants, architectural objects, natural phenomenon and visible and invisible machines?


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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