Monument / Anti-Monument, Sculpture City Saint Louis 2014

April 9 – 13, 2014
Saint Louis, MO

final_sculpt_logo_2014Monument / Anti-Monument is an international conference that will bring together artists,art historians, curators, academics, architects, urban planners, designers, archaeologists and other experts to explore contemporary thinking about the intersection of sculpture and the public realm. While the public sculpture and monuments of the host city of St. Louis will be used as a catalyst for discussion, the conference will also seek a broader dialogue that will encompass a global perspective on sculpture and its relationship to place.

Keynote Speaker: Lozano-Hemmer

Lozano-Hemmer develops interactive installations that are at the intersection of architecture and performance art. His main interest is in creating platforms for public participation by perverting technologies such as robotics, computerized surveillance or telematic networks. Inspired by phantasmagoria, carnival and animatronics, his light and shadow works are “antimonuments for alien agency”.

Redefining Memorials: The Conflation of Heroes and Victims

Harriet F Senie, Co-Chair and Panel Organizer
Harriet F Senie is the Director of Museum Studies and Professor of Art History at City College and the CUNY Graduate Center.

John Craig Freeman, Co-Chair and Panel Organizer
John Craig Freeman is a public artist and Professor of New Media at Emerson College.

Charlotte Cohen, Panelist
Charlotte Cohen is a Fine Arts Officer with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), managing new commissions and the collection in the New York region.

Sally Webster, Respondent
Sally Webster is Professor Emerita of 19th-Century American Art at City College and the CUNY Graduate Center

A discussion on the increasing role of victims’ families in the memorial process, leading to a hybrid form that foregrounds individuals lost rather than historical issues. The topic will be explored from the perspective of an artist, an art historian and a public art administrator/curator.

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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