Orators, Rostrums, and Propaganda Stands, Hong Kong

John Craig Freeman, November 20–22, 2013.

An exhibition of augmented reality public art produced in association with The Virtuale Exhibition, Digital Art Weeks @ SIGGRAPH Asia 2013.

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Orators, Rostrums, and Propaganda Stands, by John Craig Freeman, augmented reality public art, Hong Kong, 2013.

Orators, Rostrums, and Propaganda Stands, is based on the work of Gustav Gustavovich Klucis, including his designs for Screen-radio Orators, Rostrums, and Propaganda Stands from 1922.

Klucis was a pioneering member of the Russian Constructivist avant-garde in the early 20th century. As Russian politics degenerated under the Stalin dictatorship in the 1920s and 30s, Klucis came under increasing pressure to devote his artwork to state propaganda. Despite his loyal service to the Communist Party, Klutsis was arrested in Moscow on January 17, 1938. His whereabouts remained a mystery until 1989, when it was discovered that he had been executed by Stalin just after his arrest.

Instructions:

  • To view the work on location at Statue Square in Hong Kong, using any late model iPad, iPhone or Android, download the free Layar Augmented Reality Browser (http://layar.com) and scan this code

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Orators, Rostrums, and Propaganda Stands, was commissioned by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and has been exhibited at Kunsthallen Nikolaj in Copenhagen, Triennale di Milano in Milan, Window Zoos & Views, DAW 2013 in Singapore, exURBAN SCREENS in Melbourne, and for SIGGRAPH ASIA 2013 in Hong Kong.

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