24/09/2022 – Augmented Art drop in exhibition & symposium Free from 2pm -7pm for the exhibition, then tickets for the artists talk  Apparitions app and Pioneer are relaunching with new features and additional assets ( Prince Albert himself ) in this event on Saturday 24th September from 2pm – 10pm, held in Ugly Duck, Tanner Street, South Bermondsey. This one-day exhibition showcases the cutting-edge augmented reality artworks of Luciana Haill and is the London premiere of Pioneer, an ambitious, augmented reality (AR) artwork which explores urgent contemporary themes around innovation, hubris and technology elitism through a reflection on Victorian engineering. Also, on show will be a newly updated version of Haill’s earlier series of augmented reality artworks entitled Apparitions, inspired by three Victorian landmarks lost in wars, storms and during rapid gentrification The works are accompanied by immersive soundscapes which can be experienced using headphones or a wearable SUBPAC tactile audio system. Artist Talk Event, 7:30pm Pioneer: Art, Augmented Reality and Lost Heritage Join artists Luciana Haill and Alex May for a discussion about how artists can work with augmented reality to explore lost heritage and contemporary issues around technology and gentrification, chaired by Anna Dumitriu. Luciana Haill will present Pioneer and Apparitions and the background to her practice and ideas including her work with EEG brainwave analysis to explore lucid dreaming. Alex May will discuss the process and challenges of bringing historical and natural forms into the world using augmented reality. The presentations will be followed by a discussion and a chance for the audience to ask questions. 06/11/2021 – Brighton Digital Festival Pioneer : Victorian engineering & ambition in augmented reality. This is the latest in the series of Apparitions and the launch of a new app for smartphones. 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm @ starting outside Volks electric Railway museum Click here to read more 2019: News –  you can now donate to an Android release of the app and I will add Priory Meadow Cricket Ground as the fourth nostalgic experience Click here to view campaign and donate
10.06.19 –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, 
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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

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

Augmented reality Artworks exploring gentrification in Hastings & the relationship of history, new technologies, memory & dreams, triggered by vintage postcards.
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17.04.19 – Glitches & Ghosts, Lancaster University I will present a twenty minute paper ‘Augmented reality conjuring phantasms creating a nostalgia for a future we cannot experience‘ accepted for this really interesting interdisciplinary conference ‘Glitches and Ghosts’ taking place at Lancaster University – free to register to attend : 10.12.18 – Apparitions ( surreal lost landmarks) Friends Meeting House at 7pm, 15A Albert Road, TN40 1DG. I will be guest speaker with Apparitions, demonstrating the power of Augmented Reality to bring back lost landmarks. Refreshments available, wheelchair accessible.
10.11.18 – Surreal Lost Landmarks, 5pm ( donations £3 to OHPS ) History House : Old Hastings Preservation Society, 21 Courthouse street, ( the end with The Bourne ) Old town, Hastings. Facebook event here : An illustrated with slides and demonstrations talk by Luciana Haill addressing gentrification, lost heritage and how Arts combined with technology can potentially preserve architecture with memories. Guided demonstrations after the talk on hand of new work ‘Apparitions’, close by 7pm
22.09.18 Bringing back the bygone with surrealism! Book free tickets here ( limited space ) Inside the hand carved room ‘Durbar Hall’ Eventbrite - Apparitions : Lost landmarks of Hastings & St Leonards in augmented reality A drop in event to experience ‘Apparitions’ on our demonstration iPads and smartphones and to download for yourselves, take away trigger image postcards and make a model of The Albert Memorial with our cut-out templates. Artist’s talk at 2pm about the Arts Council Lottery funded work and how AR is shaping museum and art experiences. Hastings museum and Art gallery, 11am-4pm (free) John’s Place, Bohemia Rd, Hastings TN34 1ET surreal_museums 19.09.18 Apparitions in the Azur Charity luncheon (£15) 12pm-2pm Azur lunch Come along and experience Apparitions and meet celebrities from TV, to access Apparitions a smartphone not essential. My assistants and I will show you how to download it, explore and enlighten you with the history, combining technology & interactive art engagements. This is charity fundraiser organised by Lord Brett Mclean. The Azur ( downstairs) Marina Pavillion, Marina, Saint Leonards-on-sea TN38 0BU

01.09.18 Apparitions: Alley (kindly supported by The Alley Association) in Rock House basement. This afternoon event saw the general public of all ages come along to experience Apparitions on their own iOS devices and we had demonstration kit available. The public were invited to engage with a long ago demolished piece of architecture that stood in the centre of town where Robertson Street meets Carlisle parade, on the boundary with the America Ground. The 3D model created by a local architectural designer appears to float using ͚augmented reality͛ when looking through the camera application of an iPhone or iPad. It is an immersive experience with an accompanying soundtrack, encouraging a new audience to absorb forgotten histories of Hastings and St Leonards. 1pm-5pm The Alley (Rock Alley), Claremont, Hastings. more information / latest updates here 40608106_1995947340445055_5454789004870287360_n
05.09.18  Artist’s research and development talk with guided demonstrations, 6-8pm Trigger postcards and free downloads of ‘Apparitions’ and maybe some wine. Printed Matter Bookshop, 185 Queens Road, Hastings TN34 1RG more information here on facebook
June 2018 : 36035361_10160650863115525_3359720545045184512_nThe Hastings Observer newspaper has shown interest and I am very pleased they have 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. This photo in the newspaper was taken by me and what you are looking at is actually the augmented 3D ‘Virtual’ model of the Clocktower appearing on Lord Brett (as he is holding the postcard trigger image ) seen through the screen of the tablet using ‘Apparitions’ app, in its beta phase…
May 2018 : Storyboards for the 3 experiences are being made, for sounds and animations. Appointed a 3D designer from local firm Cooper8 Ltd in Hastings, initial style and complexity of the two models  discussed. Attended the The Museums + Heritage Show on 17 May 2018 at Olympia in London – looking for new AR in arts technology and advice Lord Brett  invited me to show the technology and research at one of his luncheons in The Azur in St Leonards on May 16th, demonstrated Apparitions app on iPhone and iPad to a group of guests and had feedback. IMG_3254 IMG_3255 April 2018 : SkyArts50 informed me the Artwork & project was into second round for the Post Brexit British funding applications, eventually I was not shortlisted into the final 50 funded projects. Attended Future Tourism VR event in Sunbury Upon Thames, was informal networking and series of talks by VR / AR specialists. Submitted paid advertising designs to Coastal Currents for this years brochure, hopefully new artists work features in marketing as much as existing repeat ones. March 2018 : The Arts Council of England awarded the project a small grants for the arts fund which is the green light to begin work, some self funded, support in kind from Judge Sampsons, Hastings museum and Alex May a 3D designer.

Public updates : 11.11.17 – 1st phase beta testing iPhone / iPad

01.04.18 – ACE funding achieved

03.06.18 – 3D models in development using Sketchup

21.06.18 – first binaural soundscape version delivered

18.07.18 – two drafts of soundscapes & 3D models in SketchUp optimised for smartphones

23.08.18 – collection of postcards from Judge Sampsons, our sponsor.

01.09.18 – Apparitions in The Alley, Rock Alley, Claremont, Hastings

19.09.18 – Azur Charity fundraiser with Lord Brett and friends

22.09.18 – Durbar Hall, Hastings museum showcase event

10.11.18 – OHPS old town hastings guided talk 5pm

02.12.18 – Bexhill Heritage society – artists talk with demonstrations

2019  – Gofundme began for Priory Meadow Cricket ground and Android build

2021  – ACE funding for Pioneer, the sea-faring train- a stunning feat of Victorian engineering & ambition

2021  – Pioneer launches in Brighton Digital Festival, November 5th. 2022  – Apparitions 1.1 version for Android and Apple launches in May

2022 – Augmented Reality Art Symposium and showcase of Pioneer & Apparitions at Ugly Duck, London from 2pm-10pm