The Civic Beat Reader
An Xiao Mina and Ben Valentine, with Dorothy Santos
A couple weeks ago, Ben Valentine and I (An Xiao Mina) had a chance to speak at the Yerba Buena Center’s Dissident Futures Art and Ideas Festival alongside arts/tech writer and researcher Dorothy Santos. Our topic was, simply, “The Honeymoon’s Over—Arts and Culture Criticism in the Age of Networked Power”, a look at utopian narratives about the internet and how to critically evaluate them. Read more.
During the presentation, one of the individuals I (Dorothy Santos) focused on was new media artist John Craig Freeman. He uses augmented reality in his artistic practice, which is heavily used by advertisers to overlay landscapes and buildings with branding for marketing purposes. But Freeman uses this technology to interrogate the politics of space. Essentially, anyone with a smartphone and the internet can find out about the objective and purpose of each of his interventionist projects.