Author Archive

The Art of Augmenting Reality

December 5, 2013

Tafterjournal, N. 66 – December 2013

Arthur Clay and Monika Rut

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

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

Over the last few years, we have been witness to the emergence of the use of the virtual in public space. The manifestation of the virtual and the interplay of it with the real are changing the concept of public space and the perception of art that is now being presented in it. The integration process of the virtual into the real is also clearly affecting the way in which cultural institutions are now presenting and meditating art, as well as how this process is bringing the demand for new and innovate ways to link the virtual to the real.

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Place-based Somatic Augmented Reality as Critical Practice, AR[t] Magazine

December 5, 2013

By Meredith Drum Issue 4, November 2013

AR[t] Magazine is an initiative of AR Lab, Royal Academy of Art, The Hague


As new augmented reality software has made production more accessible, there has been a surge of mobile AR projects produced by artists interested in place and situation. A notable subset use the virtual to make critical statements about social, cultural and political phenomena tied to, or associated with, a physical location. As new forms of public art, the works engage aspects of a participant’s experience of place generally negated by mobile devices. Exploring the physical setting, the built and natural environment, as well as the events and functions centered there, is often a main goal. The virtual forms point back to the material. Participants are not only asked to actively attend to the spatial and the corporal, they are also invited to consider and enter critical discourse on the history and future of unique spaces — how they are used and might be used.

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Keeping New Media New: Conserving High-Tech Art

November 24, 2013

Rachel Wolff, Art News.

Conservators are rushing to keep pace with technology as they find ways to extend the working lives of art made with code, VHS tapes, and other rapidly changing platforms.


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The Virtuale Exhibition, Digital Art Weeks @ SIGGRAPH Asia 2013

November 19, 2013

Hong Kong, November 20–22, 2013.


The Virtuale Exhibition stands for Virtual Biennale and is brought to you by Digital Art Weeks International via SIGGRAPH Asia. The Virtuale Exhibition is an exhibition of Augmented Reality (AR) artworks for public space using new digital tools not only to view the artworks and to interact with them, but also to design the experience of participation itself. The exhibition encompasses artworks using AR and focuses on the use of public space, mobile communication technologies, and explores the types of audiences found in public space, as well as inventing “playful” new strategies to bring the public into the exhibit as “real” visitors being offered a unique experience.

Including Flotsam & Jetsam, John Craig Freeman


Flotsam & Jetsam is a virtual meta-commentary on global warming, expected sea level rise and the spread of plastic debris field gyres. More.

and Orators, Rostrums, and Propaganda Stands, John Craig Freeman


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. More.

I Occupy

November 7, 2013

Kasa Galeri, Istanbul
In association with the Museum of Contemporary Cuts
November 15th – December 31st, 2013

With John Craig Freeman, Mark Skwarek, Will Pappenheimer and Tamiko Thiel, and Nicholas Mirzoeff

Lead Curator: Lanfranco Aceti, Senior Curators: Pat Badani, Nicholas Mirzoeff and Marquard Smith


I Occupy, the new exhibition of Kasa Gallery in collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Cuts surveys, analyzes and questions, current trends in interventionist art and Augmented Reality Art which, by intervening within the urban and socio-political landscape, contribute to redefine the aesthetic and cultural understanding of the environments we operate in. More.

@ Hannah, Great women photographers I have had the honor of knowing

November 4, 2013

Barbara Jo Revelle was my advisor in grad school.

074 Miami River

Stephanie Sinclair was a student of mine at the University of Florida.


Too Young to Wed

Whitney Biennial

Here is a good portfolio.

For online professors, a celebrity side effect

November 4, 2013

By Beth Teitell, Boston Globe.

At Berklee College of Music, Loudon Stearns, an assistant professor of contemporary writing and production who teaches a music production MOOC, was surprised when a groupie appeared during office hours.

“She was starstruck,” he said. “She asked if she could take her picture with me.”


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My Basement Film Festival Entry

November 3, 2013

NAME OF ARTIST: John Craig Freeman
TITLE OF WORK: Virta-Flaneurazine, Hypnosis Technique
DURATION: 5 minutes
ONE-SENTENCE SUMMARY: Dr. Fremont of Virta-Flaneurazine Clinic leads viewers through self-hipnosis technique.
MULTIPLE-SENTENCE DESCRIPTION: Virta-Flaneurazine is an artists collective and pharmaceutical start-up, working on the development of a potent programmable mood-changing drug for online virtual worlds and other social networks.

Basement Media Festival/Spectacle Theater

October 29, 2013

A former student of mine, LJ Frezza dropped by my office today. He has curated the Basement Media Festival, which will be presented tonight.

October 29th, 2013
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Paramount Center
Bright Family Screening Room

The Basement Media Festival is a survey of contemporary artists working with lo-def, lo-tech, and lo-fi motion pix techniques. Founded in response to the commercial race for hi-res and true-to-life IMG quality, Basement is a celebration of the mediated experience as an aesthetic experience. Equal parts glitched digital videos, fuzzy VHS, and grimy 16mm film, this year’s screening ought to plaza any connoisseur of experimental .MOVs. Sponsored by Department of Visual and Media Arts

Also importantly, LJ curates the screening program at Spectacle Theater in Williamsburg, New York. The are accepting submissions. I encourage you all to submit your work.

Bruce Connor, A Movie

October 28, 2013