Everywhere but Nowhere

District Gallery

May 6, 2017 – May 20, 2017

Artist Reception: Sat May 6 @ 7pm
701 E 3rd Street | DTLA
Gallery Hours Wed – Sun 2pm to 7pm
After Hours Appointments email info [at] districtgallery.com

Everywhere but Nowhere, Featuring Augmented Reality Art by
John Craig Freeman, Zenka, Mike French, Lucas Kazanksy, Kevin Mack

Artists employ the techniques and technology of augmented and virtual reality to create interactive works that go beyond the walls of the gallery. The works help us to explore our physical and social environments with vivid, immersive experiences that explode traditional notions of how art is perceived.

Augmented Reality Art Vortex by John Craig Freeman

AR Vortex, acts as an access point where the public can immerse themselves in augmented reality experiences. Not long after its founding in Paris in 1957, the Situationist International developed the idea of the dérive, a kind of open passage walk, or drift. Participants were encouraged to ignore the normal traffic flows and circulations of planned urban developments and instead, moved through a city in a way that followed its moods. The goal was to track the cities emotions, the feeling and atmosphere of a place, to find what they called the plateau tourné, a vortex where forces come together to create strong atmosphere. The public art installation can be seen at the intersection of East 3rd Street, Traction Avenue and Rose Street and throughout DTLA. Viewing Instructions.

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Install the free Aurasma Augmented Reality App on your smartphone or tablet. Search JohnCraigFreeman and choose ‘Follow’

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Install the free Aurasma Augmented Reality App on your smartphone or tablet. Search JohnCraigFreeman and choose ‘Follow’

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AR Vortex #1 and #2, 60in x 33in archival inkjet print, 2017.

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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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