Bringing back the Bygone

The Hastings Observer newspaper has kindly mentioned my artwork Apparitions. Using ‘Augmented Reality’ on their smartphones, the audience are taken back in time with models and soundscapes encapsulating the life span of missing heritage gems in the local area ; St Leonards Pier and Clocktower Memorial.

www.hastingsobserver.co.uk/news/technology-helps-to-bring-back-a-hastings-landmark-1-8540752

Two dates for the diary  -19.09.18 and 22.09.18 when you can experience it without knowing how or why, or owning a smartphone. We will show you how and enlighten you with the history, technology and interactive art engagements at The Azur luncheon and free drop in event in Hastings museum.

AR Art

Exploring the decay & changing nature of a seaside town now facing gentrification & associated social & cultural conflicts in a series of artworks where just a trace remains in St Leonards & Hastings. The audience is everyone with a mobile phones to view the augmented reality (AR) recreations & historical narratives, I will make ‘british ghosts walk in public.’

I can trigger missing Victorian architecture resurrecting them as 3D models attached to soundscapes with embedded stories triggered by vintage postcards & GPS locations of demolished sites : St Leonards pier & The Memorial Clocktower

Palace_pier_night_triggerMemorial Clocktower Victorian

Apparitions at The Azur

I took the ‘Apparitions‘ proof of concept basic model of The Memorial ( clocktower 1864-1974 ) to Lord Brett’s luncheon club where the guests explored it on iPhone and iPad, sometimes the AR appears at weird  tangents and inappropriate places, adding to the surreal exploration. Lots of interesting questions from the guests are leading my research this week with my assistant Callum Sulsh.

I will be returning in September to the luncheon at The Azur in St Leonards, dates tbc.

preparing for coastal currents festival

The new app for smartphones will be live from 01.09.18 for everyone to download from this site, it will enable people to experience the soundscapes and 3D models of both sites and allow themselves to be transported back to surreal moments in local history.

The trigger image are vintage postcards of these sites, and eventually GPS – location based triggering once we fully understand the accessibility of art through sharing some data about their current location especially with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) laws.

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