These ‘AR’* artworks are informed by ‘Simulacra and Simulation’ described by Jean Baudrillard in ‘Precession of Simulacra’. And furthermore, their hyperreal presences can also be expressed as ‘a scaled-down refraction (hyper-realists fix a real from which all meaning & charm, all depth & energy of representation have vanished in a hallucinatory resemblance)‘.
Digitally elevating traditional souvenirs of obsolete sites into steganographic missives, described by Mark Fisher’s as ‘hauntological’ embedding the past into the future so it may be interrogated as a simulation and a simulacrum.
This affects my imagined version, and now I see it will be possible to attain the ideal hyperreal reconstruction of a demolished place and to quote Baudrillard again ‘it has no relation to any reality whatsoever: it is its own pure simulacrum‘
I found this interesting page www.hastingschronicle.net/features/tressell-life-times/
of local photos from places in ‘Mugsville’ which is described in the book I am currently reading by Robert Tressell ‘The Ragged Trousered Philanphropists‘ and another good source is ‘Hastings a pier without peer‘