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Amir Baradaran, "FutARism: The Possiblities of Augmented Reality in Art Making"

thumbnailNovember 14, 2012, 6pm
BCNM Commons, 340 Moffitt Undergraduate Library, UC Berkeley


Amir Baradaran will discuss his past and current artistic works involving Augmented Reality (AR) and pose critical questions for the future of AR and art practice. AR as a form of new media offers a live view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data. Under the title “FutARism”, Baradaran suggests that AR presupposes significant conceptual shifts, as it expands our definitions of ownership and trespassing while triggering dialogue about a new medium for interactive installations. The experiential, conceptual, and legal shifts presupposed by the advent of AR connect to Baradaran’s interest in radical subjectivities, failed utopias, and mysticism. His AR installations have included the commissioned work “WeARinMoMA” in the NY MoMA and a guerilla installation in the Louvre,”Frenchising Mona Lisa.”

Under the title FutARism, Baradaran suggests that AR presupposes significant conceptual shifts, as it expands our definitions of ownership and trespassing while triggering dialogue about a new medium for interactive installations. The experiential, conceptual, and legal shifts presupposed by the advent of AR connect to Baradaran’s interest in radical subjectivities, failed utopias, and mysticism. His AR installations have included the commissioned work WeARinMoMA in the NY MoMA and a guerilla installation in the Louvre, Frenchising Mona Lisa.

Post-lecture respondents include Professor Ken Goldberg (Berkeley Center for New Media), PhD candidate Ashley Ferro-Murray (Performance Studies, Designated Emphasis in New Media), and PhD candidate Heather Rastovac (Performance Studies, Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender, and Sexuality). The lecture will be followed by an interactive performance “Marry Me to the End of Love” on Thursday, November 15.

For more information about Amir Baradaran and his work, please visit: www.amirbaradaran.com

This event is co-sponsored by:
University of California Institute for Research in the Arts (UCIRA)
Townsend Center for the Humanities
Berkeley Center for New Media
Center for Race and Gender
Arts Research Center
Graduate Assembly
Center for Middle Eastern Studies
Muslim Identities and Cultures Working Group
New Media Working Group
Program in Comparative Ethnic Studies
Program in Critical Theory
And the following UC Berkeley departments:
Theater, Dance & Performance Studies
Gender & Women Studies
Art Practice
Rhetoric

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