Urban Arts Program: Electric Pilgrims

Emerson College’s Urban Arts Program of the School of the Arts presents Electric Pilgrims, a one-night immersive projection event in conjunction with Fort Point Arts Community (FPAC) and the 36th Annual Fort Point Open Studios.

Electric Pilgrims will included a variety of video projections that illuminated Channel Center Street, featuring sound, live light projections, an interactive television wall, and video and slide projections on screens and across the buildings in a spectacular installation.

Approximately 20 projections throughout Electric Pilgrims will feature works from the Urban Screen at Emerson’s Paramount Center with projections by Robert Sabal, visual and audio media artist Andrew Neumann, New York and Boston media artist T. Marie, and St. Louis artist Van McElwee, Jim Campbell, San Francisco; Santiago Cucullu, Argentina-Milwaukee; John Craig Freeman, Boston (EC); Brian Knep, Boston; James Manning, Boston; Bruce Pearson, New York; John Powell, Boston; Erwin Redl, Austria; and Aldo Tambellini, Boston.

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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