John Naccarato
Interdisciplinary Visual Media Artist

Montreal, QC
John Naccarato
Interdisciplinary Visual Media Artist

Montreal, QC

Selected Media Based Projects, Performances, Installations

The Democracy of Objects Project, Digital/Social Media, Montreal, Canada, 2014

The Spaces we AR, AR Public Intervention Project, Montreal, Canada, 2013 (ongoing)

The Conversation, Part 01, Ritual Gestures,  (Un)certain Boundaries: Visualizing the Intersections of Science & Society Symposium (University of California, Berkeley), AR Public Intervention Project , San Francisco & Berkeley USA, 2013 (ongoing)

TV Bug (Montreal Metro Stations), AR Public Intervention Project, Montreal, Canada, 2013 (ongoing)

WWWR (AR), Musitk Festival, AR Public InterventionProject,Montreal, Canada, 2012 (ongoing)

Projet Chorale: AR, BEAM Festival (Brunel University), AR Public Intervention Project (Project Screening), London, England, 2012

Projet Chorale: AR, Music Hack Day (Eastern Bloc), AR Public Intervention Project, Montreal, Canada, 2011

i Believe, Place St. Henri, AR Public Intervention Project, Montreal, Canada,2011

We AR MoMA, Conflux Festival & Museum of Modern Art, AR Public Intervention Project, New York, USA, 2010 (ongoing)

The Obscure Objects of Desire and the Rise of the Technological Chimera: Towards Death and the Other, Axeneo7, Hybrid Sculptural Objects within Site Specific Installation, Gatineau, Canada, 2010

Vertebrae: The Skinning of Memory (VP2), Artist’s Studio, Site Specific Installation, Ottawa, Canada, 2009

The x-Series (VP1), University of Ottawa Media Lab, Site Specific Installation, Ottawa, Canada, 2009

Selected Media Based Group Exhibits and Screenings

 Open Doors (Portas Abertas), The Scream (Digital Print)Evora, Portugal | 2013

Out of Sight/Out of Mind: A Mediation on the State of Canadian Contemporary Photography, St. Bridget’s Center for the Arts,  (Video Screening) 18 Seconds | Les dix-huit seconds (2007 / 6’ 07”), Ottawa, Canada, 2010

Vertigo, Gallery 115, (Video Screening) In Search of Echo (2008 / 11’ 59”), Ottawa, Canada, 2010

Vestiges, Galerie Donald Browne (curated by Celina Jeffery), Hybrid Sculptural Objects, Montreal, Canada, 2010

On/Off, Gallery 115, the x-Series (VP1 / Version 01), Site Specific Installation, Ottawa, Canada, 2009

Entropy, Blink Gallery, the x-Series (VP1 / Version 03), Site Specific Installation, Ottawa, Canada, 2009

John, Shereen & Emily Rose, Galerie Sharon Ramsay, Monologues: a Meditation in 3 Movements (Video, Print Media and Web Based work), Montreal, Canada, 2008

16th EICV Video Awards | (Video Screening) Monologues: a Meditation in 3 Movements (2007 / 5’ 40”), Montreal, Canada, 2007

Performance Intervention & Public Media Event  – Curated

Intimacy in Public Space,(Site Specific Performance & Interventionist Work with New Media), 20 Artists, Curators: John Naccarato and Sarah Nesbitt, Art Matters, Montreal, Canada, 2007

Conference and Invited Talks

Augmented Reality: Towards the Augmentation of a Brave New World, Center for Science, Technology, Medicine and Society (CSTMS), Guest Speaker, University of California, Berkeley, USA, April 24, 2013

Augmented Reality: Towards the Augmentation of a Brave New World, (Un)certain Boundaries: Visualizing the Intersections of Science & Society Symposium, Keynote Speaker, Center for Science, Technology, Medicine and Society (CSTMS), University of California, Berkeley, USA,  April 25, 2013

Works in Press

Augmented Reality: AR uninvited at MOMA NYC, Wired, Bruce Sterling, 2010

Is that a Dagger I See? New York Times, Eduardo Porter, 2010

Augmented Reality Art Takes over the MoMA, The Creator’s Project, Julia Kaganskiy, 2010

New York le virtuel à l’œuvreLibération.fr, Marie Lechner, 2010

Blink and You Might Miss It! Ottawa Xpress, Adam Volk, 2009

Art Matter Takes Over, The Concordia Journal, Karen Herland, 2008

Interview with Shereen Soliman PT1, Axon (Interaccess Electronic Media Arts Center), Laura Pacinni, 2008

Art Matters Comes to a Close with Fantastical Interactive Art, The Concordian, Stephanie Bokenfohr, 2008

Artist Jumps in with Both Feet, Brome News, Wendy Denmam 2006

Catalogues

Out of Sight/Out of Mind: Mediation on the State of Canadian Contemporary Photography, St. Bridget’s Center for the Arts, Ottawa, ON, Canada, 2010

(Un)certain Boundaries: Visualizing the Intersections of Science & Society, CTMS, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, USA, 2013

Education

Master of Fine Arts, Visual Arts (multimedia and interdisciplinary research), University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada, September 2010

Bachelor of Fine Arts (with Distinction), Major: IMCA (Inter-Media Cyber-Arts), Minor: Print Media, Concordia University, Montreal, QC, Canada, August 2008

Grants/Awards/Scholarships

Master’s Scholarship, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada, 2008, 2009

Research Awards and Grants

Art Research and Development Grant ($12, 500), CLD de Brome-Missisquoi, Eastern Townships, QC, Canada, 2005

04 The Prayer

The Prayer | Ritual Gesture # 04 | Video Still | The Conversation (Part 01) Ritual Gestures | 2013 | John Naccarato

In the Press:

Bruce Sterling, Augmented Reality: AR uninvited at MOMA NYC, Wired, 2010

Eduardo Porter, Is that a Dagger I See?, New York Times, 2010

Julia Kaganskiy, Augmented Reality Art Takes over the MoMA, The Creators Project, 2010

Marie Lechner, New York le virtuel à l’œuvre, Libération.fr, 2010

Adam Volk, Blink and You Might Miss It, Ottawa XPress, 2009

Herland, Karen, Art Matter Takes Over, The Concordia Journal, 2008

Laura Pacinni, Interview with Shereen Soliman PT1, Interaccess Electronic Media Arts Ctr, 2008

Stephanie Bokenfohr, Art Matters Comes to a Close with Fantastical Interactive Art, The Concordian, 2008

Wendy Denham, ‘Artist Jumps in with Both Feet’ , Brome News, 2006

Extracts:

“The Art Matters festival came to a close Saturday night with two engaging vernissages at the Eastern Bloc gallery. Intimacy in Public Spaces, curated by Sarah Nesbitt and John Naccarato, involved a number of installations that intruded on public space and invited the spectator to interact and play with the art. Electric carnaval électrique had many different multimedia installations and was curated by Shereen Soliman.The space had a definite Andy Warhol feel, with projection sheets dividing the loft-like gallery. A robot-like structure on wheels moved around the space, compelled to move by body heat. There were animations, videos and sound installations controlled by sensors, allowing the spectator to be more self-aware than ever.” (The Concordian)

“To the alarm and surprise of practically everybody including myself, I’m pretty sure that I will be uninvitedly attending this uninvited AR event this weekend in New York. It might be me, or, who knows, maybe just an augmented me.” (Bruce Sterling, Wired)

“The temporary exhibition will only last a few hours (and possibly even less, considering that the project is not condoned by the MoMA itself and who’s to say how they’ll respond to the “invasion”). Anyone equipped with an iPhone or android phone sporting the popular Dutch AR application, Layar, and a handy map of the AR works scattered among MoMA’s exhibition galleries and garden can view the hidden exhibition.”(the Creators Project)

“We’ve been waiting a long time for technology to deliver us an alternative reality, like the future in H.G. Wells’s “Time Machine,” Neo’s Matrix, or the universe of code navigated by the “Neuromancer” hacker, Case. The future has arrived, finally — by the prosaic hand of our cellphones. Chances are it will soon be sponsored by laundry detergent or a fast-food chain. Just the other day, my iPhone showed me an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art that most people around me didn’t know was there. Looking at the galleries through the phone’s camera, I saw a chunk of the Berlin Wall floating before me. There were faces suspended in midair in the museum’s immense atrium. Over the sculpture garden hovered a path through the desert along which illegal immigrants often die,” (NY Times: Opinion Pages)

“ His (Naccarato’s) latest work, entitled The Vertebra Series, is a unique mixed media installation consisting of disassembled VCRs, old television sets, radios, record players and other pieces of technological detritus which have been carefully stripped, rearranged and rewired into a cohesive work of interactive art. It’s a bold and undeniably creative reimagining of how humanity perceives technology, and something you’re unlikely to see in most mainstream galleries.” (Ottawa Xpress)

“John Naccarato worked with Sarah Nesbitt to curate Intimacy in Public Space. Naccarato met Nesbitt in a performance class and wanted to build on that momentum. “We wanted to take art outside of the white box of the gallery.” Their show includes performances on- and off-campus. Some are confrontational for passersby; others provide an unusual diversion within a familiar location,” (cjournal)

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