Public Lecture: Emergent Technology as Art Practice and Public Art as Intervention, March 29

What: A free public lecture presented by Upgrade! San Francisco with artist John Craig Freeman

When: Thursday, March 29th, 2012, 7–7:30pm, 7:30–9pm lecture

Where: 934 Brannan Street (between 8th and 9th)

How much:  Free admission, cash bar

Whereas the public square was once the quintessential place to air grievances, display solidarity, express difference, celebrate similarity, remember, mourn, and reinforce shared values of right and wrong, it is no longer the only anchor for interactions in the public realm. That geography has been relocated to a novel terrain, one that encourages exploration of mobile location based public art.

Moreover, public space is now truly open, as artworks can be placed anywhere in the world, without prior permission from government or private authorities– with profound implications for art in the public sphere and the discourse that surrounds it. Join this discussion to learn more about the implications of Augmented Reality (AR) as a tool for artists and activisits.

John Craig Freeman will also be leading a weekend workshop, Making Art With Augmented Reality, March 31st & April 1st, 11am–5pm. Click here for more information and to register.

About John Craig Freeman:
Freeman has twenty years of experience using emergent technologies to produce large-scale public works at sites where the forces of globalization are impacting the lives of individuals in local communities. He has produced work and exhibited around the world including in Xi’an, Belfast, Los Angeles, Beijing, Zurich, New York City, Taipei, São Paulo, Warsaw, Kaliningrad, Miami, Bilbao, Havana, Atlanta, Calgary, Buffalo, Boston, Mexico City, London and San Francisco. Freeman received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1990. He is currently an Associate Professor of New Media, at Emerson College (Boston) in the Department of Visual and Media Arts and a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts, at UC San Diego. Click here to visit his website.

Support for this talk is provided by Southern Exposure’s Alternative Exposure Grant Program.