Invited to participate in an Augmented Reality (AR) workshop hosted by Hoverlay and Scottsdale Public Art (SPA), I arrive looking forward to learning about this new technology.
Co-founder Nicolas Robbe, introduces us to Hoverlay Spaces and the experience, followed by talks from artists Roy Wasson Valle and Casey Farina. In general, Roy covers a more 2D set up while Casey discusses a 3D approach. Each of them share their work (which I am familiar with) and cover basics in how to integrate AR into one’s own art.
Roy comments that AR is a disruption to the senses. And he’s not kidding!
What a surprise to experience artist Carolyn Lavender’s first try at AR! Mary Shindell doesn’t have a clue what we see. Point up, Mary! I capture this ↑ photo to show her.
I go home with my notes and an idea and start to work/play.
I begin by finding images. I can’t really understand what exactly I’m doing until I get something anchored into space. Well then, it feels science-fiction to me! I am thinking original Star-Trek, sci-fi. I could be (am) on the bridge looking out into…space.
I set some parameters, create a QR code, and send it out to a few people.
I keep changing things and note the changes on the other end too.
The illusion is magical ↓ especially at night!
All of the bugs I set up are troublemakers (to the human body). This one ↓ might be the worst. Naturally, I isolate it. (EBV study (Gene with a Protein Coast).
I’ve been playing with the software a few days and discovering things…like…it’s an illusion and yet it manages to cast shadows!
A special thanks to Scottsdale Public Art, Hoverlay, Casey and Roy!
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These artworks are the most original pieces I’ve seen in a long time.
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