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Jon Rafman

Artist, essayist & filmmaker


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Jon Rafman is a digital artist, filmmaker and essayist, widely known for his 9 Eyes project, which uses Google Street View as a repository of images that bring to the fore the relationship between technology and human experience. Concerned with the tension between the camera’s indifference and the human search for meaning, he has said, “while celebrating and critiquing modern experience, the technological tools themselves show how they can estrange us from ourselves.”

Other recent work includes his project Brand New Paint Job, in which he appropriates elements from modernist paintings—by Joan Miró, Yves Klein, and Jackson Pollock, among others—using them as textures that he applies to digital renderings of 3D models, including busts, interior spaces, cars, and pieces of furniture.

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Related links

👉  Virtual Reality Sickness: Artist Jon Rafman Sees Virtual Reality As the Medium for a Post-Fact Planet, Interview via SSENSE
👉  The Nine Eyes of Google Street View, via Art F City
👉  Interview in purple Magazine
👉  500 word essay for ArtForum on the confluence of the virtual and the real

What if we use utopias as a verb?

For IAM Weekend 17 we will go deeper into the meaning of utopias, with imagination and skepticism, understanding how they can evolve beyond contemporary dreams and help us navigate the uncertainty of our times.

The main stage will feature 30+ speakers distributed in 5 sessions (single-track conference format) plus 10+ workshops led by our learning partners developing the key insights from the talks. Our serendipitous agenda will also include several side-events including parties, dinners, screenings, special projects and installations.

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