Lecture and Workshop with Artist Nate Larson

Come out to hear artist Nate Larson, one of the artists contributing to the TXTED exhibit, on October 2 at 5:30 about the ever-evolving conversation between art and language. Nate Larson is a contemporary artist working with photographic media, artist books and digital video. His projects have been widely shown across the US and internationally as well as featured in numerous publications and media outlets, including Wired Raw File, The Picture Show from NPR, Hyperallergic, Gizmodo, Vice Magazine, the New York Times Lens Blog, Utne Reader, Hotshoe Magazine, Flavorwire, the BBC News Viewfinder, Frieze Magazine, the British Journal of Photography, Marketplace Tech Report, The Washington Post, and Art Papers. My artwork is included in the collections of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Orlando Museum of Art, Portland Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Center for Photography at Woodstock, and the Museum of Contemporary Photography Chicago. He holds a full-time academic appointment in the photography department at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and chaired the 2014 national conference of the Society for Photographic Education. His recent project GEOLOCATION  [on view in the Electronic Gallery and pictured below], in collaboration with Marni Shindelman, tracks GPS coordinates associated with Twitter tweets and pairs the text with a photograph of the originating site to mark the virtual information in the real world.

On the following day, join us for a free workshop with Larson on October 3 from 10am-1pm. This Geotagging the Omissions workshop empowers participants to create and upload photographic documentation of overlooked communities to Google maps, building a public document of the community from within. We begin with a short presentation on work with locative media and conceptual documentary projects. Participants then are given a shooting assignment based on local areas absent or overlooked in Google StreetView. We then aggregate the images using Google’s image uploader, carefully geotagging them. Within a few weeks, Google’s search engine picks these images up and they appear on Google Maps. This workshop empowers communities to define their own online identities, ponder the ghostly data trails that we leave behind, and to interrogate the nature of privacy in the digital age. All are welcome to join the lecture and workshop!