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.

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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Glitches & Ghosts, Lancaster April 17th

Just heard my proposal has been accepted for this really interesting interdisciplinary conference ‘Glitches and Ghosts‘ taking place at Lancaster University on 17th April 2019.
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Glitches are moments of disruption; they represent the exposure of technical process, moving away from the binaries of input and output to consider what comes in-between. The growing ubiquity of interconnected systems prompts a desire to understand such intangible networks around the user, an attempt to try and engage with these digital phenomena as alternate forms of ‘presence’ that cannot help but recourse to anthropocentric terms – virus, cloud, render ghost. The frequent ethereality of such language attempts to visualise, embody, and comprehend the profusion of technical systems that we share the atmosphere with, their very terming gesturing to their spectral protrusion into, ostensibly, ‘our’ reality. The eruption of pixels, voxels, and glitches haunts our peripheral vision, a deceptive representation of a far more intangible sphere.

‘Glitches and Ghosts’ seeks to diagnose and analyse contemporary cultural fascinations with the emergence of these digital artefacts, and how their spectral presence has come to define our current technological moment. This symposium aims to bring together researchers who are enticed by the prospect of re-conceptualising definitions of digital-based ontologies as a paradigm to engage with an era of technophobic anxieties and technophilic domination.

We are delighted to announce Dr. Will Slocombe as our keynote. Will’s research ranges between various aspects of twentieth and twenty-first century literature, focusing primarily on Science Fiction (particularly representations of Artificial Intelligence), Postmodernism, and metafictions of experimental literature. His upcoming book Emergent Patterns: Artificial Intelligence and the Structural Imagination is due out in 2019.

 

Abstract :
This is a self-selecting, inspirational, immersive art experience in three scenes involving my smart phone app that transcends a purely informational use, its presence is anchored to 3 surreal soundtracks, each travelling through time creating a nostalgia for a lost future. It is a significant exploration of the impact of cutting edge ‘augmented reality’ technologies on memory & experience. Influenced by local Victorian & Edwardian heritage the work raises ‘ghost’ buildings up from what artist Brion Gysin called the ‘derelict dead’.
Focussing on my hometown of Hastings & St Leonards I have recreated locations such as St Leonards Pier (destroyed in WWII) & the Albert Memorial (lost to fire in 1973) as virtual 3D models viewable using smartphones. All these places no longer exist.
‘Apparitions’ is a series of 3 digital artworks experienced through the app when viewing postcards with the camera in a smartphone that act as triggers. It uses augmented reality ‘AR’ and I designed and released for free in 2018. In Apparitions these augmented reality landmarks are like ghosts which Smartphones can allow us to see. The effect of AR brings to mind a form of modern-day conjuring or seancing of ghosts or phantasms  or alternatively a form of assisted imaginative time travel that enables you to peer through a portal and down the corridors of history.
In this sense Apparitions explores some similar and overlapping territory with Mark Fisher’s hauntological theories in its creation of spectral imagery and sound in relation to lost landmarks and futures. Accompanying which the use of the words ghosts and apparitions in the project is not dissimilar to the use of ghosts or spectres within some hauntological related work in the way that it infers a sense of the spectral after-images or echoes of items from previous eras.
#glitchesandghosts #glitchconference @GlitchGhosts

 

Suggested topics include:

• Digital art – glitch aesthetics, pixels, voxels, drone shadows, distortion etc.
• Détournement and system subversion – e.g. hacker ‘heroes’ and neoliberal dissent.
• Technophobia – network alienation and technological anxieties.
Glitch and/or ghosts in music – synthwave, sampling, remixes, etc.
• Cloud spectrality, unseen network presences and how we visualise them.
• Ghosts in the machine, electronic voice phenomenon, white noise etc.
• Render ghosts, digital advertising and the disruption of imagined ontologies.
• Doppelgangers, sample image databases and the ‘ownership’ of personal data.
• Unshackled virtual consciousness, e.g. A.I. and the breaking of constraints.
Disruption of the virtual – glitches, bugs, cheats and other subversions.
• Digital spectres – eternal or lingering existence within the network.
• Viral anxieties and data transmission; conceptualisations of network ‘presence’.
• Secular digitalities, virtual ‘gods’ or spirits and ontological transcendence.
• Permanence and/or ephemerality of data, system collapse and user anxiety.
• Creative practice and the deployment of glitches and/or ghosts within media.
• Remixed ontologies, disruption of identity boundaries and bricolage forms.
• Omnipresent networks, ‘invasive’ devices (i.e. Alexa) and disconnection.
• Machine learning and emergent behaviour from algorithmic structures.

http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/glitchesandghosts/

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.

Apparitions – what next ?

Thank you to everyone who came last night to Bexhill Heritage and everyone who’s taken part in any of the Apparitions events since 01.09.18 – I am still investigating an alternate technique to deliver the experience for Android phone users as well, and if you email  – artist@apparitions.site and we will add you to the list to be notified when it is ready to download !

Many thanks
https://apparitions.site/contact/

Memorial from the Memorial

Luciana Haill

Artist & Creative Director

St Leonards Pier SketchUp3D model

I am  giving an Arts talk about my technologically assisted “Apparitions” at OHPS History house on Saturday 10th November at 5pm. I do hope you can come along.

OHPS – Old Hastings Preservation Society, 21 Courthouse St, Hastings TN34 3AU
This is one of the models we made for the smartphone app :

 

10.12.18 Artist’s talk on Augmented reality : lost landmarks of Hastings & St Leonards

IMG_0358.PNGI 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

Old History house talk and demonstration 10.11.18

I am  giving an Arts talk about my technologically assisted “Apparitions” at OHPS History house on 10th November at 5pm. I do hope you can come along.

OHPS – Old Hastings Preservation Society
21 Courthouse St, Hastings TN34 3AU

Telephone: 01424 424744.

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‘Apparitions‘ is a new augmented reality art project that reveals the
ghosts of historic Edwardian landmarks in Hastings (The Memorial
clocktower), St Leonards (The Pier) & Bexhill (beach huts) evoking a
nostalgia for lost futures.

Apparitions in Hastings Museum 22.09.18

Book your free place here :

www.eventbrite.com/e/apparitions-lost-landmarks-of-hastings-st-leonards-in-augmented-reality-tickets

 

Next event :

10.11.18 OHPS, 5pm in History House, Courthouse St, Old town Hastings