I recently visited India with a work permit for an arts assignment and was amazed and had to trigger some of my ‘AR’ art nearby in its stunning ‘Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensembles of Mumbai’ (as recommended by the World Heritage Committee.) The Gothic style is dramatic, with split facades and deep shadings, embellished with etchings and engravings. The Memorial Clocktower of Hastings (1862-1973) that I created as the first ‘Apparitions_Art‘ stood proud in front of the main railway station of Chhatrapati Shivaji, once known as the Victoria Terminus built around the same time.
Once fondly called Bombay, Mumbai is the largest city in India, home to over 18 million people. The city is filled with architectural gems influenced by styles that include Gothic, Victorian, Indo-Saracenic, Art Deco and contemporary. Gothic architecture originated in India under the British Raj or Crown Rule during the mid-19th century. It became popular in Britain and naturally crossed over to India, where British architects chose to practice their new art form on Indian soil.
Here will be a link to a page of Hastings Memorial Clocktower appearing in Hyderabad & Mumbai, India in January 2019.
I will be giving a public talk for the Bexhill Heritage group on 10.12.18, 7pm – 9pm
at Friends Meeting House, 15A Albert Road (four doors down from Rustico ) and its free to attend. The Apparitions postcards & app will be demonstrated and given to guests
I will show the development of my idea to bring back lost landmarks implementing a bespoke app I designed that runs on smart phones capable of ‘augmented reality’
It raises questions around gentrification and preserving heritage through digital art whilst also giving an enriched experience through surreal time travelling sound scapes for each site
Ok great weather = great lighting, so I took my artwork onto the balcony, the teacups are vintage, the flowers smell real, but to anyone else, I must look like I am taking photos of the flag stones…. the apparition is only visible through my phone !
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.
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.
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
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.
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.