ManifestAR @ ZERO1 Biennial 2012

September 3, 2012 by

Presented by the Samek Art Gallery, Bucknell University and the ZERO1 Biennial 2012

September 12 – December 8, 2012

ManifestAR has established a citywide augmented reality public art exhibition for the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial with parallel components at the Samek Art Gallery at Bucknell University in Lewisburg Pennsylvania. Titled “ManifestAR @ ZERO1,” the group draws on collective, participatory art practices centered on mobile augmented reality technology that aggregates and maps a series of artworks, which re-imagine and reinterpret the high-tech corporate campuses and products of Silicon Valley. Performative and site-specific works are located around the cities of San Jose, San Francisco and Lewisburg.

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Manifest.AR @ Kunsthallen Nikolaj

August 28, 2012 by

Conversations, Copenhagen Art Festival, Kunsthallen Nikolaj, Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center

August 24-October 21, 2012

show card by mark skwarek

Nikolaj, Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center, is located in the former Nikolaj Church at Nikolaj Plads in the centre of Copenhagen and functions as the city’s exhibition space for contemporary art.

The Copenhagen Art Festival will open 24. August 2012 with an event-packed programme until 2. September. Hereafter the newly opened exhibitions will continue throughout the autumn. The festival is one of the major presentations of international contemporary art in the region.

The Copenhagen Art Festival presents a multifaceted exhibition programme with art works by Danish and international artists. The festival will take place in the streets and squares of the inner city of Copenhagen and at the major contemporary art centres: Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Nikolaj Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center, Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art, Overgaden Institute of Contemporary Art and Kunstforeningen GL STRAND.

Manifest.AR is an international artists collective that create virtual actions in politically loaded locations, using digital technology (smartphones with a Layar app) to insert controversial monuments and messages. The group has also made unofficial, virtual interventions at MoMA, N.Y., and the biennials of Istanbul and Venice 2011.

15 minute companies

June 6, 2012 by

“15 Minute Companies,” by Sander Veenhof

Ever fancied being part of a start-up? Now is your chance! Virtually that is. Whether you are in San Jose, Lewisburg or even in another continent, you are invited to join a temporary “15 minute company”. Open your augmented reality browser and you’ll find yourself surrounded by a fully equiped virtual office space you’re sharing with people across the globe. And hopefully, you’ll be sharing some remarkable creative ideas too, chatting with fellow employees with a variety of background. Act fast, because the company will vanish just as quickly as it did start-up.

15 minute company

“15 Minute Company” – visualisation of shared virtual office space

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“Invisible” @ Hayward Gallery London – Manifest.AR intervention

May 28, 2012 by

Manifest.AR intervenes in the Hayward Gallery show “Invisible”!

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ManifestAR’s work was not reviewed in the Independent.

All Hail Damien Hirst

May 20, 2012 by

“All Hail Damien Hirst” – seen with Damien Hirst’s sculpture “Hymn” in front of the Tate Modern. By Tamiko Thiel, 2012

A celebration of Damien Hirst’s retrospective at the Tate Modern. Please see for more information. By Tamiko Thiel, 2012.

ZERO1 Press Release – ManifestAR in Silicon Valley

May 4, 2012 by

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ManifestAR @ LA Re.Play

February 10, 2012 by

LA Re.Play, an Exhibition of Mobile Art in conjunction with Mobile Art: The Aesthetics of Mobile Network Culture in Placemaking during the College Arts Association Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, February 22-29, 2012

Co-curators: Hana Iverson, Visiting Scholar, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Dr. Mimi Sheller, Director, Center for Mobilities Research and Policy, Drexel University and Jeremy Hight, independent artist and curator

Opening reception at CAA Convention Center LA Re.Play Hub Location, Wednesday, February 22, 5:30 – 7:30 PM

Reception: DMA Grad Art Gallery, Broad Art Center, UCLA, Friday, February 24, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Mobilizing Los Angeles as a place to play and a place in play, LA Re.Play presents leading international artists working with mobile and geolocated media. The exhibit accompanies the double session presentation on Mobile Art: The Aesthetics of Mobile Network Culture in Placemaking, co-organized by Hana Iverson and Mimi Sheller for the College Arts Association 2012 conference, as well as an off-conference roundtable City/Space and Creative Measure, moderated by Jeremy Hight at the Art Center. Playing upon the dynamic relations between physical place, digital space, and mobile access via smartphone, we explore art that incorporates cell phones, GPS and other mobile technology, revealing the complex social, political, technological and physiological effects of new mixed reality interactions.

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The Engineering Reality of Virtual Reality 2012

January 25, 2012 by

Session 4: VR Hybrids: Augmented Reality
Date: Tuesday 24 January
Time: 4:00 PM – 5:20 PM
Session Chair: Todd Margolis, Univ. of California, San Diego

ManifestAR: an augmented reality manifesto
Paper 8289-12
Time: 4:00 PM – 4:20 PM
Author(s): John Craig Freeman, Emerson College (United States)

ManifestAR is an international artists’ collective working with emergent forms of augmented reality as interventionist public art. The group sees this medium as a way of transforming public space and institutions by installing virtual objects, which respond to and overlay the configuration of located physical meaning. This paper will describe the ManifestAR vision, which is outlined in the groups manifesto.

FACT ARtSENSE Commission

December 7, 2011 by

ManifestAR was recently awarded The ARtSENSE Commission at FACT, Liverpool. The Foundation for Creative Technology is one of Europe’s principle institutions, commissioning canonical works and exhibitions in film, video and new media in the last 20 years. The sizable grant creates a significant new artwork that aligns with one of its current research interests in “augmented reality supported adaptive and personalized experiences” and “events” for Museums.

Our proposal, entitlted “Invisible ARtaffects” will explore the linked appearance of augmented virtual objects with audience response translated through compact wearable bio, audio, eye and brainwave sensing devices. We hope to create individual and collective experiences of “I think, I see, I speak, I feel- therefore it is.” Research will involve a year-long collaboration between artists in Manifest.AR, FACT and the ARtSense Consortium of European technology companies, universities and museums, and a significant exhibition at FACT in mid-2013. ManifestAR will also explore Liverpool public, architectural and community issues that will become part of the project that is not limited to the FACT building.

The project will be lead by Will Pappenheimer (US) and Tamiko Thiel (DE,JP,US) who will attend the presentation of The ARtSense Commission to the The European ARtSENSE project consortium meeting at the Louvre in Paris, January 26, 2012. A partial list of other ManifestAR artists working on the project currently are Sander Veenhof, Mark Skwarek, John Craig Freeman and John Cleater.

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Occupation Remains in Zuccotti Park

November 20, 2011 by

On November 15th, 2011, after two months of occupation, Mayor Bloomberg cleared Zuccotti Park of protesters in a surprise nighttime raid.

The park is now permanently occupied thanks to augmented reality. If you are at the park, search Layar for protestAR or choose the launch protestAR link on your iPhone or Android device.