HASTINGS & ST. LEONARDS SOCIETY 10.06.19

Hello everyone – The HASTINGS & ST. LEONARDS SOCIETY have rescheduled the event in the piano room ( left at reception) of The White Rock Hotel, 10th June 2019, free to attend, membership available also, 

Website: www.hastingsandstleonardssociety.org.uk
Secretary’s e-mail: hstlsoc@gmail.com

e-bulletin (21st May 2019)

Open Meeting, Monday 10th June, 6pm start, at White Rock Hotel.

Agenda

1. Main Topic: John Bownas (H & St. L Society committee member and Town Centre Business Improvement District Manager) reports on the activities of BID and outlines the strategy for the Town Centre’s future. Followed by questions and discussion

2. Chris Lewcock: update on the St. Leonard’s Church (area) and West Marina former bathing pool site situations.

3. Luciana Haill: Presentation on the ‘Apparitions’ art project.
Apparitions is a new augmented reality app and art project that reveals the ghosts of historic lost landmarks – for example, the Albert Memorial Clock Tower and St. Leonards Pier – evoking a “nostalgia for lost futures”. Artist Luciana Haill will demonstrate how AR and digital new media art have the ability to preserve the architecture and social memory beyond a site’s physical demise. In this time of change in a seaside town that rates high on historical assets but economically low, she reinterprets local lost heritage from books and museums into experiences on smartphones to reach a wide audience.

All welcome but please advise of your attendance in advance so that we have idea of number attending.

Drinks purchased at the bar may be brought into the meeting.

H & St. L Society committee – Promoting Our Heritage and Civic Pride

I will be one of the invited speakers for the next AGM Open Meeting of the historical Hastings and St Leonards Society http://hastingsandstleonardssociety.org.uk/event/society-open-meeting-4/

“Apparitions” – New augmented reality artwork reveals iconic lost Hastings landmarks

Apparitions is a new augmented reality app and art project that reveals the ghosts of historic lost landmarks in Hastings ( The Memorial clocktower), St Leonards (the pier) and Bexhill ( beach huts ) evoking a “nostalgia for lost futures”
Artist Luciana Haill will demonstrates how AR and digital new media art have the ability to preserve architecture and social memory beyond a site’s physical demise. In this time of rapid changes in a seaside town that rates high on historical assets, she reinterprets local lost heritage from books, museums into experiences shared on smartphones to reach a wide audience.

Augmented reality Artworks exploring gentrification in Hastings & the relationship of history, new technologies, memory & dreams, triggered by vintage postcards.
Download the free app
https://apple.co/2wZohgP

www.apparitions.site

Bio : Luciana is a researcher, artist & visiting lecturer for Brighton University Digital Media Arts MA and an honorary fellow in the Department of Psychology for Greenwich University. Working in a variety of contexts involving visualisations and interactive environments engaging in feedback loops using digital technologies. Her work explores consciousness and the results are expressed through digital media, performance, sound & drawing. Crossing boundaries between new technology, creativity and research – with dreams, the brain and the unconscious being recurring inspirations.
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Hyper-real time travel video (sound on)

Glitches and Ghosts abstract

I am an artist fascinated by the relationship of history, new technologies, memory & dreams. In 2018 following a visit to the WWI concrete ‘Sound Mirrors’ in Denge Kent, I was inspired to combine my enquiry into emerging virtual digital techniques with lost Heritage, revealing other versions from postcards and the palimpsests. Elevating vintage postcards into digitally enabled missives that embed the past into the future is both described by Mark Fisher’s as ‘hauntological’ and influenced by Baudrillard – concerning simulation and the simulacrum.

Funded by a ‘Grantium’ from The Arts Council of England focussing on my hometown of Hastings & St Leonards I designed and produced an ‘augmented reality’ (AR) application that triggers hauntological ephemeral artworks of bygone public structures – St Leonards Pier (destroyed in WWII) & the Albert Memorial (lost to fire in 1973) as 3D models viewable triggered from special vintage postcards using smartphones. Called ‘Apparitions’, there are three experiences allowing travelling through time, creating a nostalgia for a future we cannot experience and each is accompanied by a soundscape encapsulating its lifetime. 

Until the 1960s the act of looking back, or nostalgic reminiscing was seen by the medical profession as a pathological aspect of ageing (causing or exacerbating depression & disengagement from everyday life). Until a paper by Psychiatrist Robert Butler challenged these views, coining the term ‘ageism.’ The platform of ‘AR’ enables me to exploit this and deliver an expandable series of artworks in a significant exploration of the impact of cutting edge ‘augmented reality’ technologies on memory & nostalgia.

As contemporary steganographic articles they offer several levels of engagement : uncanny bygone landscapes both real and imagined, self-selecting experiences and also include factual historical presences anchored in surreal soundtracks for each one .They are visual, sonic and metaphysical simulacra preserving social memory and lost heritage during rapid gentrification. 

I will present a twenty minute interactive Keynote at this conference in Lancaster University ( free to attend, registration essential ) on 17.04.19

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Anti-Ageism : engaging in new media art

Recently I discovered that the act of looking back, reviewing a life, or reminiscing was seen by the medical profession as a pathological aspect of ageing, causing or exacerbating depression and disengagement from everyday life. This was right up until the early 1960s when a paper by Robert Butler, a research psychiatrist at the American National Institute of Mental Health, challenged prevailing views, he in fact coined the term ‘ageism’.

Similarly Apparitions art considers & explores the qualia new media art’s role has in augmenting heritage digitally, creating a hauntology, invoking a hyperreal nostalgia and prodding the Hypokeimenon in Heritage (in metaphysics which literally means the “underlying thing”). To search for the hypokeimenon is to search for that substance which persists in a thing going through change, its basic essence.

 
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order of sorcery

The “order of sorcery” in ( no its not ) – a regime of semantic algebra where all human meaning is conjured artificially to appear as a reference to the (increasingly) hermetic truth.. the weather vein & Prince Albert from the Clocktower Memorial remain, dislocated

exploring mixed reality, hauntology & sonic anchors

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.

Hastings Memorial triggering from a postcard outside Mumbai’s legendary CSMT railway

 

Additional Apparitions

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.

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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 :

The Clocktower Memorial

St Leonards Pier

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 :

Jempsons

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.