Rebecca Allen and Scott Fisher @ LACMA, Art + Technology

Hello all in Boston. We here in Los Angeles wanted to report on last night’s conversation with Rebecca Allen and Scott Fisher at LACMA’s Art + Technology Lab. We had close to 100% turnout. I’ve asked those who attended to add their thoughts to this post. I have picked out a few examples of some of the work that was referenced.

I felt that it ended up being an important point of departure for our work. Allen and Fisher unpacked over four decades of work that they have done in the field of virtual and augmented reality art, grounding our task at hand in a significant historic context.

As Allen was talking about her 1986 work on Musique Non-Stop with Kraftwerk, it occurred to me that you guys probably have no idea just how revolutionary MTV was when it emerged, along with basic cable, on August 1, 1981. This video is a great early example of what Deirdre will be taking on with Facial Animation and Sound Syncing.

Allen’s 1999 interactive art installation Bush Soul (3) was pretty cool. I think her sense of the need to develop a uniquely digital aesthetic is still relevant.

We should all look more closely at Scott Fisher’s work in virtual and augmented reality and telepresence research. I especially liked the 1995 project Menagerie.


Also, the topic of artificial life was discussed, so I thought that it might be useful for you all to read a bit about Langdon’s Ants.


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, and 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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