The Alley, Hastings – Rock Alley debut of Apparitions ‘AR’ artworks

Apparitions : Alley ( kindly supported by The Alley Association )
This afternoon event invites the general public of all ages to experience Apparitions in the entrance to the alley. This is local artist Luciana Haill’s augmented reality Artwork involving a bespoke iOS application. The public are 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. We have plenty of technology to demonstrate on, don’t worry what smartphone you have, use some of ours.
1pm-5pm The Alley (Rock Alley), Claremont, opposite Printworks, Hastings.
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Imagining a false nostalgia

St Leonards Pier (1891-1951) – come visit us for a pa-rom-pe pom-pe pom and a ‘rinkey dinkey parley vous’  in these anachronistic soundscapes triggered with each postcard. This was the more sophisticated pier, with a ‘Kursaal’ and a skating rink, who would you meet, under the electric lights along this 960 ft long promenade?

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Apparitions is new artwork, employing ‘augmented reality’ to deliver alternate and hauntological versions of sites you have never visited, perhaps already you miss them dearly.

Don’t miss out –  just sign up here and we will email you the download link for the iOS app (free) as soon as it is available.. public release date 01.09.18 – Android is planned too.

The 3 Apparitions triggers

Apparition 1 : Death of a beach hut:


In 1905 there was a huge storm on the south coast which swept all the Bexhill beach huts away, in this Apparition the only survivor is a steel teapot, bobbing about on the shore.
Hear the soundscape of this scene from a voice from the past.

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Apparition 2 : St Leonards Pier

PastedGraphic-1In under 3 minutes you will hear a binaural soundscape spanning the lifetime of this site, its music, wooden floor skating, angling, bowling, paddle steamers and a travelling zoo and storm damage. The model of the pier spectrally floats when viewing this postcard from 1909.

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Apparition 1 : The Memorial Clocktower, Hastings


A 21 gun salute, a flood so heavy row boats were used to pass by, the first Armistice day, a low flying Messerschmidt plane and exploding clock face, trams, trolley buses, cars and arson, the life of this site is relayed in an immersive binaural 3D soundscape.

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The project received generous support from Arts Council England, HBC Hastings Museum & Art Gallery, Judge Sampson Ltd postcards and Coastal Currents , DeuXality Games, Kinicho, Alex May , Junglis Monk, Barry Hale, Giorgia Lacey-Colley and Anna Dumitriu. I realised these obliterated sites hold a certain power by their unmarked absence, no blue plaques or souvenirs, they are only visible in local museums and old postcards. Mark Fisher popularised the use of Jacques Derrida’s concept of hauntology to describe a pervasive sense in which contemporary culture is haunted by the “lost futures” of modernity, which failed to occur or were cancelled by postmodernity and neoliberalism.

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This is a self-selecting, inspirational, immersive art experience in three scenes. I have designed and made a smart phone app that transcends purely informational use, its presence is anchored by 3 surreal soundtracks, each unravelling & travelling through time – ‘bringing back the bygone‘ from 1864-1973


Apparitions launches during coastal currents and from them on continues with legacy into 2019. Artist Luciana Haill, a resident of St Leonards will reveal the research and importantly show you how you can access the artwork at various local events.

05.09.18  Artist’s research keynote slide presentation with assistants for demonstrations, 6-8pm. You will receive the special ‘trigger’ vintage postcards and free downloads of ‘Apparitions’ for iPhone/ iPad.
Printed Matter Bookshop, 185 Queens Road, Hastings TN34 1RG
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19.09.18 Apparitions, Azur luncheon 12pm-1.30pm
Come along and experience art and augmented reality without knowing how or why, or even owning a smartphone. With assistants you will be shown how to install, explore and then let Apparitions enlighten you with history in technology via interactive art engagements.
The Azur ( downstairs) Marina Pavillion, Marina, Saint Leonards-on-sea TN38 0BU


22.09.18 Bringing back the bygone with surrealism!
Durbar Hall, Hastings museum and Art gallery, 11am-4pm (free)
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 card / cut-out templates.

Fusebox at Wired Sussex : Augmented Reality human computer interaction techniques

Apparitions recently attended one of Wired Sussex’s excellent FuseBox events. This one was presented by Dr. Diego Martinez Plasencia of Sussex University and Lab Interract and it was organised by Rosaline Hoskins at Wired Sussex.

It was a great event discussing the various new breakthroughs Diego and his colleagues at Lab Interact have been developing regarding Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality human computer interaction techniques. He believes the future isn’t about stereoscopic headsets and gestural data gloves but rather that there is a vast amount of untapped potential.

This had led them to experiment with various techniques producing some very interesting results. Using lenticular displays they were able to create surface viewing for multiple users whilst also allowing personalised information (if you are not familiar with the word lenticular, think of those gifts that would often come free in a cereal box and when you change the angle of perception you get a different visual. This is a more technologically advanced version of the same idea.

They also experimented a lot with fog as a surface to project onto. Such examples including creating soap bubbles which they filled with fog, tracked and projected onto, which through testing and exhibiting proved very popular with children. They also created fog displays that changed in shape they were able to control them using electric fields.

In addition to these they are also working on various other techniques including experiments with AR mirrors. All in all, it was a great event with both some great research on display as well plenty of thought provoking questions from the crowd. I will leave you with this comment.

How do we know that what we see is actually real? What constitutes reality? and if we all see a subjective version of the world around us is there really such a thing as a reality?

A day of beach huts

Whilst lots of people are basking in the 32C heat on the beach half a mile away, or sitting in their beach hut with picnics and Bar-b-queue food relaxing in deck chairs, Ive stayed in the shade an tried to create beach huts with wood and asphalt textures in SketchUp 3D now I have a license for the full version.

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