Extensions of Photography

A Visual Arts Faculty, Emeritus Faculty, and Alumni Exhibition

October 7 – December 9, 2016
Reception, Friday October 7, 5:30 – 8:00 pm

Extensions of Photography will highlight artistic practices by former and current UC San Diego-affiliated artists and alumni who redefined the photographic medium and contributed significantly to the cultural life of San Diego and the United States. The exhibition spotlights how these artists have employed photography in complex and layered ways to introduce themes of everyday life and reveal the pressing histories of gender, class, racism, and political resistance, while also experimenting with the medium.


Participating Artists: Amy Adler, Eleanor Antin, Kaucyila Brooke, Becky Cohen, Brian Cross, Moyra Davey, John Craig Freeman, Kip Fulbeck, Anya Gallaccio, Katie Grinnan, Nina Katchadourian, Fred Lonidier, Jean Lowe, Kim MacConnel, Babette Mangolte, Rubén Ortiz-Torres, Patricia Patterson, Martha Rosler, Elizabeth Sisco, Deborah Small, Phel Steinmetz, Blaise Tobia, and Ruth Wallen.


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Арт Проспект Art Prospect Festival

Portal to an Alternative Reality, St. Petersburg
Музей Анны Ахматовой сад, Anna Akhmatova Museum Garden
Saint Petersburg, Russia
September 22–25, 2016


Portal to an Alternative Reality, John Craig Freeman, immersive augmented reality public art, Anna Akhmatova Museum Gardens, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2016.

Art Prospect Festival is St.-Petersburg’s largest annual festival of public art. Founded by the non-profit organization CEC ArtsLink in 2012, Art Prospect sets out to transform familiar urban landscapes, filling the city’s streets, courtyards, parks, and other public spaces with temporary, site-specific art. ART PROSPECT furthers the development of new forms of creative interaction, giving artists from Russia and abroad the opportunity to engage with local context, defining and reformulating its aesthetic, historical and cultural, and social components. Since the Festival’s inception in 2012 more than 150 artists from 20 countries all over the world have taken part in the festival and attracted more than 15 000 visitors.

Produced by public artist John Craig Freeman, Portal to an Alternative Reality, St. Petersburg acts as an access point where the public can immerse themselves in virtual and augmented reality experiences.

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ARt: Augmented Reality

Although the world is abuzz with the first successful and widely popular game using Augmented Reality (AR), Pokémon GO, artists have been creating AR art for years. Joseph Farbrook, John Craig Freeman, Will Pappenheimer and Zachary Brady are all pioneers and early adopters of AR technology. The Boston Cyberarts Gallery is proud to present these artists in ARt: Augmented Reality for our first exhibition of the season.


Green Street & AR, John Craig Freeman, immersive augmented reality, Cyberarts Gallery, Boston, 2016.

Drawing Constellations by Will Pappenheimer, in collaboration with Zachary Brady, is an interactive drawing, installation, and app that uploads drawings to a constantly moving and evolving 3-dimensional “constellation” situated within and outside of the gallery. Upon creating a drawing on a tablet, the user’s drawing is then transferred into 3D augmented reality space, superimposed and sited at the gallery by GPS location.
Defending Virtual by Joseph Farbrook is an AR artwork in which a one hundred-dollar bill rests on a traditional pedestal, inciting temptation. When viewed through a tablet screen, the bill is defended by a hand holding a gun, waving and aiming throughout the room, making threatening gestures at anyone who gets too close. As money is arbitrarily produced by governments, traded wildly on the stock exchange, and commoditized into debt, what exactly does it currently represent? Both its value and defense of its value have become entirely virtual, yet the consequences of this are often devastatingly real.
Green Street & AR, by John Craig Freeman, is a site-specific AR art piece for smart phones and mobile devices. There are particular locations around the world where network activity has become so intense that the virtual world has begun to penetrate into the real. Objects appear to replicate and float off into the sky. Entire buildings lose their mooring and drift away at the intersection of Green Street & AR.

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New Realities, Yeni Gerçeklikler

Sept 22 – 25, 2016

Alt Art Space
Tarihi Bomonti Bira Fabrikası
Birahane Sokak No: 1 Bomonti
Istanbul, Turkey

Moving Image Immersive Media, featuring works by an international group of leading artists working in virtual reality and augmented reality, including, Claudia Hart, Will Pappenheimer & Zachary Brady, John Craig Freeman, Christopher Manzione & Seth Cluett, Rachel Rossin, Salvador Loza & Gibrann Morgado, Deniz Tortum, and Jakob Kudsk Steensen!

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ISEA 2016, Hong Kong

May 16th–22nd

with special viewings at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, May 16, 6:30pm. to 8:30pm. and City University Creative Media Center, May 18, 6:30pm. to 8:30pm.

Image converted using ifftoanyPortal to an Alternative Reality will act as an access point where the public will be able to immerse themselves in virtual and augmented reality experiences that document the rapidly changing city of Wuhan, China.

MapInstructions: To view the work on location in Hong Kong, using any smart mobile device, download the free Layar augmented reality browser at layar.com and scan this code.


Full ISEA Program.


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ZERO1 American Arts Incubator, Wuhan

Portal to an Alternative Reality

April 18 to May 15, 2016

K11 art village, Dongxihu District, Wuhan

Produced by public artist John Craig Freeman, in partnership with the ZERO1 American Arts Incubator, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the U.S. Consulate General, Wuhan and K11 Art Foundation, Portal to an Alternative Reality will act as an access point where the public will be able to immerse themselves in virtual and augmented reality experiences that document the rapidly changing city of Wuhan.


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Space Between the Skies


Organized by Christopher Manzione
Opening Reception: March 23: 6-8 pm
On view: March 24 – May 14, 2016

Featuring work by: Seth Cluett, John Craig Freeman, Ricky Graham, Christopher Manzione, Nicholas O’Brien, Rachel Rossin


Monocular screenshot, Portal to an Alternative Reality VR: Minsheng Courtyard, John Craig Freeman, immersive virtual reality from old Hankou, Wuhan, China, 2016.

Space Between the Skies, a virtual reality experience, replaces the physical space of apexart with multiple virtual landscapes, either created from imagery collected at real world sites or from 3D constructed spaces. Hacked architectural and video game imagery, algorithmic collages, documentary footage of Wuhan, China, and dynamically enhanced audio/visual 360-degree responsive forest environments serve to transport the viewer beyond the limits of the physical gallery space.

By allowing viewers to occupy several environments simultaneously, these works experiment with cultivating multiple landscapes within the same physical space. Generated with 3D scanning technologies such as LIDAR/Photogrammetry, 3D modeling, and 360° recordings, these transposed landscapes question the supposed dichotomy between the real and the virtual.




Seeing with the Body at a Virtual-Reality Art Show, by Lenore Metrick-Chen, Hyperallergic, May 11, 2016.

CITY SIGHTS: Finding the science-art in New York area art exhibitions,
by Julia Buntaine, Editor-in-Chief, SciArts in America, March 23, 2016.

apexart presents Space Between the Skies, re-title.com, March 24, 2016.

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Meet ZERO1’s 2015-16 American Arts Incubator Artists

You are invited to meet this year’s American Arts Incubator artists on Wednesday, January 27th at 6:30pm at the Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco.

Enjoy cocktails and light hor d’oeuvre while getting to know Andrew Quitmeyer, Genevieve Erin O’Brien, John Craig Freeman, Sara Dean and Beth Ferguson. Learn about each artist’s practice, AAI location and social issue to be addressed, the artist’s proposed approach and project concepts, and more about the American Arts Incubator program!
DATE: January 27, 2016
TIME: 6:30pm-8:00pm
WHERE: Catharine Clark Gallery at 248 Utah Street, San Francisco
Free and Open to the Public

The American Arts Incubator is developed in partnership with the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The program uses digital and new media to promote cross-cultural collaboration, increase awareness, and provide innovative solutions to pressing challenges. These artists will travel to their assigned countries for four weeks to develop public art projects. During such time the artists will lead workshops to teach specific skills, develop project ideas with community participants, and execute a micro-grant program to fund the development of community driven art projects. Learn more about the American Arts Incubator here!


Program Director Kate Spacek introduces the AAI artists and their countries. From left to right: Beth Ferguson and Sara Dean: Indonesia, Genevieve Erin O’Brien: Vietnam, John Craig Freeman China, and Andrew Quitmeyer: Philippines . Photo ZERO1.

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Platforms, Augmented Histories of Space

Curated by Irene Cheng with Lucie Waschke

Nave Alcove
California College of the Arts, San Francisco Campus
1111 Eighth Street, San Francisco
January 25–29

Border Memorial: Frontera de los Muertos, Yuma, Arizona, 2012.

The Platforms, Augmented Histories of Space exhibition features over 35 local and international projects by artists, architects, historians, and technologists who use digital and locative technologies to reveal the history of the built environment. From podcasts uncovering the natural history of Queens, New York, to a mobile app version of Nikolas Pevsner’s Glossary of Architectural History to virtual tours of ancient Rome, the exhibition showcases a wide range of tools for creating, and experiencing, augmented history.

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L.A. Re.Play Volume 21 No 1


L.A. Re.Play: Mobile Network Culture in Placemaking, Leonardo Electronic Almanac, Volume 21 Issue 1

ISBN: 978-1-906897-36-9
ISSN: 1071-4391
Date of Publication: January 15, 2016
Number of Pages: 244

Special Issue Editors: Lanfranco Aceti, Hana Iverson and Mimi Sheller
Editorial Manager: Caglar Cetin

Current location technologies have become tools used by contemporary artists, theorists, designers and scientists to reformulate our understanding of social engagement within an enlarged concept of place. These new mobile networks have altered the way people exist in and relate to spaces where the real and virtual world blend, blurring the lines of traditional spatial de–nitions and frameworks. This special issue provides a variety of perspectives and practices on the meaning and interpretation of today’s locative media.

Emergent Technology as Art Practice and Public Art as Intervention
by John Craig Freeman
Click here for full article.

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