Talk—Landscapes: Virtual Environments and Assorted Realities with Rebecca Allen and Scott Fisher

Thursday, January 22, 2015 | 7 pm PST

LACMA, Art + Technology Lab, Art of the Americas Building

Jan22_ArtTechTalkJoin media artist Rebecca Allen and interactive media pioneer Scott Fisher for a conversation about the artistic potential of virtual environments and realities. Formerly within the reach of only large labs serving research and industry, virtual-reality technology is now available to individuals with the advent of small, inexpensive development kits. Beyond the immediate entertainment applications associated with these new devices, what can they offer artists?

Rebecca Allen is a media artist and professor and founding chair of the UCLA Department of Design Media Arts. Scott Fisher is professor and founding chair of the Interactive Media Division and associate dean of research at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

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About John Craig Freeman

John Craig Freeman is a public artist with over twenty years of experience using emergent technologies to produce large-scale public work at sites where the forces of globalization are impacting the lives of individuals in local communities. His work seeks to expand the notion of public by exploring how digital networked technology is transforming our sense of place. Freeman is a founding member of the international artists collective Manifest.AR and he has produced work and exhibited around the world including at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, FACT Liverpool, Kunsthallen Nikolaj Copenhagen, Triennale di Milano, the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Beijing, He has had work commissioned by the ZERO1, Rhizome.org and Turbulence.org. His work has been reviewed in The New York Times, El Pais, Liberation, Wired News, Artforum, Ten-8, Z Magazine, Afterimage, Photo Metro, New Art Examiner, Time, Harper's and Der Spiegel. Christiane Paul cites Freeman's work in her book Digital Art, as does Lucy Lippard in the Lure of the Local, and Margot Lovejoy in Digital Currents: Art in the Electronic Age. His writing has been published in Rhizomes, Leonardo, the Journal of Visual Culture, and Exposure. Freeman received a Bachelor of Art degree from the University of California, San Diego in 1986 and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1990. He is currently a Professor of New Media at Emerson College in Boston. Freeman writes, “If Andy Warhol set out to create a distinctly American art form in the twentieth century, I identify with those who seek to create a distinctly global art form in the twenty-first.”
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