The Border Memorial at the Esther Klein Gallery (EKG) through the VPAP

As shown by Mark Skwarek & John Craig Freeman

The augmented reality work “Border Memorial: Frontera de los Muertos” @ Esther Klein Gallery (EKG) through the Vitrual Public Art Project or VPAP.

We captured a section of the US/ Mexico boarder where migrants passed away trying to enter the U.S. We have brought that 3d location into the gallery space with augmented reality. What we are showing at Esther Klein Gallery is a gods eye view of the projects MoMA installation. This project also exists in real world scale at the MoMA. Gallery goers are able to experience the location where the migrants passed while being in the MoMA court yard. The experience will be a scale first person perspective of the valley. If viewers walk the path through the virtual valley they will safely cross the MoMA court yard, walking around the pools of water and dodging trees and shrubbery. The work is a vivid reminder of the price paid for the U.S. way of life.

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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