Mark Skwarek is new media artist working to bridge the gap between virtual reality and the physical world with augmented reality [AR]. He explores this intersection in his art practice as well as activist art-related projects. A main goal of Mark's work is to unite and mobilize the global community through explorations in networked, mobile AR. AR has the potential to help distant people understand one another and through shared telapresent experiences. Mark explores AR's potential to affect the global consensuses by social networks and the internet. The global community help to create and share the experience of the work. Mark's activist-related work makes the viewer question their everyday surroundings. The work often takes place in the form of intervention which blurs the line between public and private space. The work probes the boundaries of the physical and virtual space. Mark's other work is devoted to creating tools and techniques to empower global activists. This work explores AR's potential to empower the people engage the global public.
Mark Skwarek is one of the founding members of the artist augmented reality group manifest.AR. Skwarek earned his M.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design's Digital Media Department. He is a full time faculty member of New York University Polytech's Digital Media Department. Reviews of his artwork have appeared in the New York Times, Art in America, Boing Boing, WIRED, the Boston Globe, The Huffington Post, NPR, BBC, and Leonardo. Skwarek has exhibited in various venues, including: the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; ISEA; Dumbo Arts Festival, UCLA Digital Grad Gallery; the CyberArts Festival; the Sunshine International Art Museum, Beijing; the Nikolaj Copenhagen Contemporary Art Center; and the Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois. Upcoming shows include Devotion Gallery in Brooklyn, FACT in Liverpool England, and the Zero1 Biennial.