Making Art with Augmented Reality a Lecture and Workshop by John Craig Freeman

With the support of the Artists and Lecturers Series at Stetson University new media artist John Craig Freeman will be giving a lecture and workshop Oct 25th and 26th.

Lecture:10.25.12 7:00pm L-25 (bottom floor of the library)
Public Art in the Virtual Sphere
Whereas the public square was once the quintessential place to air grievances, display solidarity, express difference, celebrate similarity, remember, mourn, and reinforce shared values of right and wrong, it is no longer the only anchor for interactions in the public realm. That geography has been relocated to a novel terrain, one that encourages exploration of mobile location based public art. Moreover, public space is now truly open, as artworks can be placed anywhere in the world, without prior permission from government or private authorities – with profound implications for art in the public sphere and the discourse that surrounds it. Artist John Craig Freeman will show example of his work and discuss the role of the artists in the emerging virtual public sphere.

Workshop: 10.26.12 11:00 am Flagler 112, RSVP required
Making Art with Augmented Reality
Syllabus for workshop
This workshop provides a hands-on introduction to Augmented Reality (AR) – a technique where virtual 3D objects can be overlaid into physical space and viewed through the camera and screen of mobile devices. AR is an emerging tool in game design and offers many exciting possibilities for visual artists and activists to realize their ideas in any scale or location in the world.

By the end of the workshop you will be able to:
• Create simple but meaningful 2D and 3D augmented reality objects and place them at specific geographical locations
• Know more about the Layar Mobile Augmented Reality Platform and theHoppola Augmented Reality Asset Server
• Test, view and document your work on location using iPhone or Android mobile devices

Participation Requirements: Each student must provide their own Wi-Fi enabled laptop, and bring a late model smartphone (iPhone or Android mobile device) equipped with a camera, GPS, compass, accelerometer, and mobile Internet or Wi-Fi connection.

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 ManifestAR and he has produced work and exhibited around the world including in Liverpool, Venice, Istanbul, Xi’an, Belfast, Los Angeles, Beijing, Zurich, New York City, Taipei, São Paulo, Warsaw, Kaliningrad, Miami, Bilbao, Havana, Atlanta, Calgary, Buffalo, Boston, Mexico City, London and San Francisco. In 1992 he was awarded an Individual Artist Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He has had work commissioned by the ZERO1 Biennial, 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, Second Addition, 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 (by debra). 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 an Associate 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.”


Orlando Mini Maker Fair

Saturday 05.26.12 Stetson students and faculty will be showing showing some creative DIY projects at the Orlando Mini Make Fair. Some of the creations on exhibit will be projects created during our Interactivity and Art class. Below are a few of the projects that we will be showing, make sure you stop by and say Hello!

Pong Pong Revolution
Charles Carr, Kayla Gomme, Michael Johnpoll, Jasmine Troche, Roselyn Troche

Dancing Lights Cajon
Gladys Cevallos


FMI 2012 Results

We recently completed our annual digital arts festival, FMI: Festival of the Moving Image. The event is co-hosted by the student media group GHM: Green Hat Media and I would like to thank students Amanda Rienhart, Charlie Carr, Philip Meisner, Michael Johnpoll Mark Kisch, and Hunter Lee for all of their help. For the second year in a row the event was held at the Athens Theater in downtown DeLand, a great venue to host an impressive selection of works created by Stetson students. This year we screened two Senior Project videos by Kayla Gomme and Brent Walker and screened/exhibited  entries in three categories Sound, Interactivity, and Video. Below are the awards for entered works, CONGRATULATIONS!!

Best Sound Work

Richard Fendler, Centrifugal Force
Centrifugal Force by HostOfHeav3n
William Seward, Your Chance
YourChance by Beats-Per-Day

Best Interactive Work

Charles Carr, Michael Johnpoll, Jasmine Troche, Ian Campbell, Pongageddon

Best Video Work

1st Place and Audience Choice, Robert Langdon, Connection

2nd Place, Matthew Delisle, A Self-Portrait

3rd Place, Ashley Dykes, Shadow Of The Self

A special thanks to this years judge Adrian Garcia Gomez!



Nancy Paterson, an early pioneer of new media arts, will be will be talking about her work this Thursday at 11:30am in L-25. She will be discussing her current work “IXmaps a project to geographically visualize the routes taken by end user’s URL requests over the internet presenting information about fundamental core internet exchange points along the way.”

Nancy Paterson
04.26.12 11:30am -1:00pm
Room 25 L


14th Annual Festival of the Moving Image


You are invited to the attend the 14th annual FMI: Festival of the Moving Image at the Athens Theater in downtown DeLand. This year the Digital Arts program and  student organization GHM: Green Hat Media will expand our usual video and animation festival to also include interactive art, sound art, audio visual performance and music all created by Stetson students.
April 18th, 2012
Athens Theater
7:00 Doors open, interactive art works and music listening station in the lobby, live music performance
7:30 Video and Animation screening featuring video and animations by Stetson students
8:30 Screening of Senior Projects by Kayla Gomme and Brent Walker
8:45 Awards Ceremony


Submissions are open to all Stetson students, deadline for all submissions is 04.06.12 5:00pm

Interactive Art
Online Submission Form
Deadline 04.06.12 5:00pm
Submission open to all interactive works created by currently enrolled Stetson students. Accepted submissions will be installed throughout the Athens Theater. Submissions must include video documentation of your project hosted by youtube or vimeo. Please list all technical and space requirement and make note of what equipment you can supply and what equipment you will need provided. Please list name, group members name, email, title, url, technical and space requirements. If selected you will be required to help install your project on the 18th of April. For questions regarding this entry email Matt Roberts

Fixed Media Audio Works
Online Submission Form
Deadline 04.06.12 5:00pm
Submission open to all fixed media audio works created by currently enrolled Stetson students . Accepted submissions will be part of a listening station placed in the lobby of the Athens Theater. All submissions must be in stereo mp3 format and hosted online (sound cloud is recommended). Please list the following using the online submission form name, email, title, length, short description and credits, and url. For questions regarding this entry email Nathan Wolek

Video and Animation
Online Submission Form
Deadline 04.06.12 5:00pm
Submissions open to all video and animation works created by currently enrolled Stetson students. Accepted submission will be screened on the main projection screen of the Athens Theater and will be considered for four cash award categories First Place, Second Place, Third Place and Audience Choice. All submissions must include a url to a video hosted by vimeo or youtube. If selected you must be able to provide a high quality version, in quicktime format, of your submission by the 13th of April. Please list the following using the online submission form name, email, title, length, url, description and credits. For questions regarding this entry email Laura Oxendine


MPG Performs in Miami During Art Basel

The Digital Arts faculty/student  collective know as MPG: Mobile Performance Group has been invited to perform at the 12 Nights Electronic Music and Art festival at the Harold Golen Gallery, Miami, FL. We will perform Thursday night (12.01.11) at 8:00 pm. This performance will feature work by students Kim Crawford, Dan Duval, Joe Flanagan, Mark Kisch, Hunter Lee, Philip Meisner, Meg Spivey and faculty Matt Roberts and Nathan Wolek. If you are attending Art Basel please make sure to stop by to experience our performance and say hello.



Photography and Poetry Class Collaboration

This Thursday night 9:00 p.m. (11.03.11) students from the Poetry Workshop class, taught by Creative Writing professor Terri Witek, and the Photography: Finding Your Perspective class, taught by Digital Arts professor Matt Roberts, will be sharing collaborative works  made by the two classes at the Poetry at an Uncouth Hour event. The event will be held on campus at NightLights which is above the campus book store. Students will show photos and read poems they created during a collaborative assignment between the two classes. Along with all the wonderful works created by students, professors Terri Witek and Matt Roberts will also share their collaborations as well.
Thursday 11.03.11 9:00 p.m. NightLights

Photo Roberts/Witek



Hackspace forming in New Smyrna

Kaiju Sushi in New Smyrna is looking to form a hacker/maker group that would meet weekly at their restaurant. The first meeting will be Tuesday, Sept 6 @ 7pm. Should be of interest to some of our students and alumni, especially those who took DIGA 231. You can learn more about the group in this blog post. As their announcement says:

Kaiju is hosting a hackspace for the New Smyrna, Deland, Daytona, Port Orange, and Ormond areas. We’re looking for talented young engineers, software developers, makers, and modders to team up with experienced Space Coast workers to build new projects. Our focus is to:

  • Get you working with other talent to give your projects the momentum they need.
  • Give you access to world-class speakers via video conferencing. We want to connect our local hackspace to other groups around the world so we can stay on top of technological and economic trends.
  • Learn about patent writing, business incorporation, marketing, and all the tools you’ll need to start a technology business on a tight budget.

Networking, hardware hacking and sushi sounds like a winning combination to me!

Lego Sushi Bar

Photo by Flickr user Bill Ward's Brickpile


Festival of the Moving Image Awards

First Place Video and Animation
Michelle DuCharme & Sarah Buetens
Eynn Kurükänn Diciytau To

Second Place Video and Animation
Philip Meisner
Invisible Man

Third Place Video and Animation
Colin Ferland

Audience Choice Video and Animation
Michelle DuCharme & Sarah Buetens

Best Sound Art

Jon Van Hoff
Thinkin bout yer body
Listen to MP3 here SquidKnife – Thinkin bout yer body

Best Interactive Art

Joseph Zuyus


FMI tonight!

If you’re in DeLand, it is time to get down to the Athens Theater.  The show is starting…