This morning I read “How Augmented Reality can change your arts organization for the better” by Nick Dunn (The Guardian, January 13). The author is an artist who directed the production of augmented reality sculptures, viewable on an iPhone or iPad, around Brighton, England. This experience has convinced him that AR could be public art’s most immersive medium yet.
I share the author’s view that AR will flourish in the arts, as does OARN Member Stephen Remus of the Niagara Artists Centre. Stephen is currently working on a ‘marker-based’ network of 40 hotspots throughout the Niagara Region that will enable visitors to access a variety of media art works (including audio, video and augmented reality experiences) through their mobile devices. The project is called “Crossing Boundaries”, and specific themes include the War of 1812, and the Underground Railroad.
If you visit Niagara in the near future and happen to pass by someone reacting strangely to what looks like thin air, they may be admiring a 3D digital sculpture.