Week Three

Hello all, I feel a bit like I am talking out into a vacuum. Can you all please reply to emails when I send them, so that I know that I am communicating. Please include any individual issues, so that I can help you with your work.

I know that you are struggling with yet another relentless storm back in Boston, but it is crucial that we keep the work moving forward.

I will be working around the studio allot and will turn on Remote VM420 when I am. My office hours are MW 1:30 – 3:00pm. PST, MW 4:30 – 6:00pm. EST, or by appointment.

Please remember that Wednesday February 4th, we, here in Los Angeles, will meet at LACMA for the Museum Orientation. Please arrive at 5905 Wilshire Blvd. at 2:45 pm. PST. Use the Staff Entrance. We will meet at 2:00pm. PST sharp if you are interested in car pooling, otherwise, we will see you there.

This will mean two things for those of you in Boston.

First, we will have no teleconference capabilities at the museum, so we will communicate with you exclusively via Remote VM420. Dan C, please set your computer up on the projector in the computer lab, Walker 415 APL. The rest of you should login to Remote VM420, but mute your mic.

Second, we are likely to be busy, here in Los Angeles, for the early part of the class doing museum orientation stuff. Be prepared to work for the first part of class in Boston. We will do individual presentations in the second half.

Please review your Research/Production Roles, and be prepared to report on your progress. I have made additional updates and added ‘to do’ items.

Self-Portrait Avatar Models are due Wednesday. See the Self-Portrait Avatar Models page for specific instruction for turning the work in.

Lastly, please update your individual blog pages with documentation of you work. See Lucianna Faraone Coccia or Haley Lannon. This is required.

See you this afternoon.

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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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