Emergent Technology as Art Practice and Public Art as Intervention - A Free Public Artist Talk and Social Event presented by Upgrade! San Francisco

Emergent Technology as Art Practice and Public Art as Intervention - A Free Public Artist Talk and Social Event presented by Upgrade! San Francisco

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.

Please join Upgrade! SF for John Craig Freeman's artist talk on Thursday, March 29, 2012 with a meet and greet from 7:00 - 7:30 pm and lecture from 7:30 - 8:30 pm. He will also lead a weekend workshop (from Saturday March 31 - April 1 titled "Making Art with Augmented Reality". Please register here to learn how to build your own AR artwork and place it in public space.

About the Artist
John Craig 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.