Archive for the ‘Required Reading/Browsing’ Category

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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@ 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.

Bruce Connor, A Movie

October 28, 2013

FRE EmerAgency Konsult @ Minute Man Monument

October 21, 2013

In his book Electronic Monuments, Gregory L. Ulmer describes commemoration as a fundamental experience, joining individual and collective identity. He proposes that the Internet makes it possible for monumentality to become a site of self-knowledge, one that holds the promise of bringing citizens back into the political equation.


On October 20, 2013, Ulmer visited the Minute Man Memorial in Concord Massachusetts with John Craig Freeman and Loudon Stearns, where he theorized an Electronic Monument acknowledging the the connection between the national sacrifice of gunshot victims on behalf of the shared value of the right to bear arms enshrined in the U.S. Constitution.

Apophasis: Greg Ulmer @ MIT

October 21, 2013

This heuretic experiment appropriates the tradition of apophatic theology for the invention of an electrate metaphysics (the practices of discourse, communication, expression native to a digital apparatus). “Apophasis” (related to negative theology) as rhetoric is defined as saying something by denying something else.


It is a verbal method to communicate (express, evoke) something more and other than what is being manifestly said. This definition links apophatic rhetoric with rhetoric in general, as a poetics necessarily at work when attempting to think not only what is unknown, unthought, or unspoken, but what is unknowable, unthinkable, unspeakable in principle.

Enlightened Environments (Apophatic Design) Lecture Video.

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An Argument of Rosler’s

October 19, 2013

booksWhat follows is a lightly edited conversation between John Craig Freeman and Loudon Stearns conducted via e-mail from Sept 30 to Oct 17 2013. 


I would be really interested to hear you lecture/talk about the meaning/role/importance of the curator.


It is best to look at the role of curators in the context of the entirety of the art world, and the art world as a microcosm of the broader culture. Martha Rosler wrote an article back in the 80s titled Lookers, Buyers, Dealers, Makers, [the article starts on page113  of the linked PDF(page 206 of the book)] that was a kind of seminal deconstruction of the market forces that drive “high” culture. My life’s work is fundamentally built around challenging the basic assumptions of the art market, anti-commodity, anti-institutional, etc.

I think that what is important to you guys as graduate students, is that the study of the avant-garde can act as a road map to invention, assuming that you aspire to make an original contribution in your chosen fields.