FutARism: The Possibilities of Augmented Reality in Art Making

Amir Baradaran discusses his past and current artistic works involving Augmented Reality (AR) and poses 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.”

Co-Sponsored by Townsend Center for the Humanities, Berkeley Center for New Media, Center for Race and Gender, Arts Research Center, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Muslim Identities and Cultures Working Group, Program in Comparative Ethnic Studies, Program in Critical Theory, Dept. of Rhetoric, Dept. of Art Practice, Dept. of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies, Dept. of Gender & Women Studies.