Are We Global Yet?

The Anderson Gallery at Drake University
Nov. 13, through Feb. 12, 2016

The Anderson Gallery at Drake University will open a major new exhibition this month titled “Are We Global Yet? The Art and Politics of Public Space (including the virtual),”

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Ethics of New Media

In addition, the Anderson Gallery will host a free public symposium to explore a range of ethical issues that often go unexamined pertaining to the creation and use of digital technology. Four guest speakers will present at the symposium scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, in the Patty and Fred Turner Jazz Center.

Guest speakers include:
John Craig Freeman, artist and professor of New Media Art at Emerson College in Boston, Mass., discussing augmented reality and the pros and cons of its ability to create markers of events in contested locations such as the Mexican/ US border;

Steve Tomasula, novelist, critic and professor of English at Notre Dame University, in Notre Dame, Ind., discussing access to digital technology and his decision to write books specifically and solely for iPads;

Dorothy Santos, writer, editor and curator based in San Francisco, discussing gender issues—especially the dearth of women—in authoritative positions in the design of digital technology;

Roopika Risam, digital humanities and postcolonial scholar and assistant professor of English at Salem State University in Salem, Mass., on the intersections of social cultural with digital humanities, especially postcolonial and racial aspects of these intersections.

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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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