I first used glass cloches for display in my work ‘SleepCycles‘ in Technology is Not Neutral in Brighton, 2016. Burning candles atop each dome for set numbers of hours expressed each one as a different stage of sleep. So the wax-dripped dome shown here is a particularly narrow and tall model that suits containment of the clocktower, if such a public landmark could be put into a protective bubble. Today I explored how to trigger the AR from outside the glass, with different strong natural lighting effects and with sound from the app and the immediate environment.
(Turn sound on ) One more screen capture of Apparitions – mixing reality of Hastings’ lost landmarks taken to India – triggering on iPad screen capture through ‘Recordit’, turn sound on to hear the ensemble of Sufi music playing over the AR triggered soundscape. The sounds I chose when making the app are encompassing its lifetime and space in Hastings, East Sussex, UK from 1862-1973. In this moment seagulls fly over and a 1920’s motor car drives past, we experience the clocktower’s chime and sounds overlaid on the peaceful Sufi music playing in the hotel gardens of Faluknama Palace, Hyderabad in India from augmented reality – Get the app free here : https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/apparitions-ar/id1431496591?mt=8
Augmenting reality: #Hastings Memorial triggering from a postcard outside #Mumbai‘s legendary #CSMT railway station. A masterpiece designed by #FWStevens. Hastings’ Memorial in Indian Victorian Gothic ensemble https://t.co/OWltYTz5Ia #AR #MR #Art #AugmentedReality @mumbaiheritage
— St Victoriana (@St_Victoriana) January 28, 2019
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.
Queen Victoria (born 24 May 1819) and Prince Albert her husband (born 26 August 1819) would both be 200 in 2019. This could be marked in Hastings by an exciting new free public experience that will continue for many years to come. The Clocktower Memorial was erected with public money to commemorate Victoria’s beloved husband Prince Albert in 1862 in the town centre. The site chosen was where Victoria and Albert (then Prince and Princess of Wales) were addressed by the fishermen of the town in June 1882. This site was originally where the Priory Bridge crossed the Priory Stream. And now it is preserved as an Augmented Reality artwork which anyone with a smartphone can view (and hear) when they pass through town.
You can download and start experiencing Apparitions right now if you are an iOS (Apple) user – iPad or iPhone.. of course we realise the demand for an identical Android version and that’s exactly what we are working on for 2019.
The Clocktower was demolished in 1973 and a mainly pedestrianised space remains with neither clock or any other method of replacement memorial to this public funded sculpture. Prince Albert’s statue luckily was protected for 50 years and reappeared late in 2017 outside HBC town hall.
I propose ‘AR’ markers to trigger a select ‘Apparition’ using my app, once the additional costs for an identical build is achieved – so both Android and Apple Smartphones will enable the experience. The markers will need to be attached to bollards, railings or lampposts in the vicinity of each original location.
So far I have created models of :
Both of these have been identified as being in the HBC domain, so they would be able to choose a mounting place for small metal triggers, like laser engraved postcards with the instruction for location of free download for both platforms.
What I discovered was how missed the cricket ground is, and this was voted as the next missing landmark to be preserved and augmented in an ‘Apparition’. In the Priory Meadow there is a statue of a cricketer, and I propose the 3D cricket grounds and buildings appear from around this stature as the embedded trigger.
This would enable the lost landmarks to be experienced when visiting their original location. For a small extra cost 100,000 postcards could also be printed and available to collect from HBC tourist information, library, town hall and Stade which would enable anyone to download the app, and trigger the experience by viewing the postcard using their smartphone from wherever they are.
In order to support a further small arts council award I have Identified potential sponsors / activity partners who I will contact in January 2019 :
The Royal Victoria Hotel
Priory Meadow Shopping / Love Hastings
Hastings Borough Council, Hastings Museum
So, as well as The original Hastings Cricket ground I would also like to make an Apparition of St Leonards Church which has had to close due to subsidence and The Amsterdammer shipwreck which is only accessible a few times each year when the tide is significantly out.
Since I began this artwork the concept of hauntology which was new to me has heavily influence my creative output – I read first about it in Stephen Prince’s book ‘A Year In The Country: Wandering Through Spectral Fields: Journeys in Otherly Pastoralism, the Further Reaches of Folk and the Parallel Worlds’ and he told me was informed of Hauntology from the writer Mark Fisher’s whose books I am consuming – firstly ‘Ghosts of my Life : Writings on Depression, Hauntology and Lost Futures’ & now ‘K-Punk’. Clearly all authors written routes are traced back to its origin from Derrida.
Hauntology – (a portmanteau of haunting and ontology) is a concept coined by philosopher Jacques Derrida in his 1993 book Spectres of Marx. The term refers to the situation of temporal, historical, and ontological disjunction in which the apparent presence of being is replaced by a deferred non-origin, represented by “the figure of the ghost as that which is neither present, nor absent, neither dead nor alive.”
If you view my work in augmented reality I would like you to keep this in mind
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
OHPS – Old Hastings Preservation Society
21 Courthouse St, Hastings TN34 3AU
Telephone: 01424 424744.