Friday October 22
Nathan Shafer is a new media artist from Alaska specializing in augmented reality and digital humanities. In this artist talk, Shafer shares more about his work, processes, and inspirations.
Nathan Shafer is a new media artist, author and special education teacher from Alaska. He is one of the founding members of both the Meme-Rider Media Team, an art collective founded in 2000 designing early form internet memes, and Manifest.AR, the first International art collective making mobile augmented reality works. He was profiled by PBS Digital Studios as part of an online collaboration called The Future in 2014. His work has been shown at Noxious Sector Projects, Bauwelt, Bunnell Street Arts Center, Rhizome, ISEA, Pratt Museum, Virtuale Switzerland, Out North Contemporary Art House and the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston. He also contributed chapters to the first anthology of AR-based art making, Augmented Reality Art, published by Springer in 2014; as well as Augmented Reality Games II (2019); Augmented Reality in Education (2020) and Augmented Reality in Museums, Tourism, and Heritage (2021). His current work is called Wintermoot, an augmented Alaskan comic book for which he has received a Creative Capital award in 2020. In 2021 he co-founded the Alaska-based comic book collective Łuk’ae Tse’ Tsass Shared Universe. Łuk’ae Tse’ Tsass means ‘salmon fish head soup’ in the Ahtna language, it is pronounced “thlook-ay tsay tsos”. Nathan Shafer teaches in a structured learning classroom (autism specific instruction) in Anchorage, Alaska where he also runs a project-based art program specifically for students on the autism spectrum.