Geoffrey Alan Rhodes

AR on AR: Occupying Virtual Space


AR on AR: Occupying Virtual Space is a mediated performance lecture first presented live at the Spouting Off performance lecture series at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2012. Mediating himself live through marker-based Augmented Reality, Rhodes expounds on the proliferation of smartphones and free public apps such as Junaio and Layar, channels of virtual space paralleling real locations that have become a new architectural space in which to create, exhibit, and distribute art. Though un-curated and uncontrolled, this virtual landscape draws on the aura of the real spaces in which it is anchored, playing at protest, playing at deconstruction, without ever completely manifesting.


Geoffrey Alan Rhodes is a writer, artist, and film maker. He works across disciplines to create, for viewers and users, experiences which challenge the borders between the real and the virtual, the cinematic and the actual, fine art and popular experience. His work is a convolvement of feature films, gallery video art, photographic and new media applications; they have in common a sense of play in apparatus and traditional structures: actual subjects performing roles, transparent media machinations serving as 'stage', collisions of one medium with another. His feature films, media installations, and augmented reality publications have been prestigiously screened, exhibited, and published internationally. He is currently a member of the full-time faculty in the Department of Visual Communication Design at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.