April 13, 2011
AR and the invasion of public and private spaces

Late last year there was a call for works for a Guerrilla art exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. The call was the brainchild of Sander Veenhof, an unofficial exhibition which had no ties to MoMa. The exhibition of works would be enabled by the use of Layar, an augmented reality browser for mobile devices which would with the aid of gps position and overlay art works within live videos of the space. The following is a selection of works by Sander employing augmented reality as a tactic to invade spaces well known, spaces which are the spaces of contemporary arts elite, public and highly controlled or spaces of power, private and highly secured.

Guerrilla exhibition, Museum of Modern Art, New York (images above and video below) is the exhibition mentioned above.

The show will test case Augmented Reality art within an appropriate critical context: the bastion of contemporary art. The organizers of the event…aim to address a contemporary issue caused by the rapid rise of Augmented Reality usage. What is the impact of AR on our public and private spaces? Is the distinction between the two fading, or are we approaching the contrary situation with an ever increasing fragmentation of realities all to be perceived individually? Being uninvited guest users of the MoMA space themselves, Veenhof and Skwarek call out any AR artist worldwide to place their artworks within the walls of the MoMA too on the 9th of October (Lat/lng: 40.761601, -73.977710). Since the exhibition happens in virtual space, there’s no reason not to host and endless amount of parallel virtual exhibitions.

Below is a video of Tamiko Thiel’s work Art Critic Matrix shown in the exhibition.

infiltr.AR (images above and video below) is a virtual infiltration into the White House and Pentagon in America.

two virtual (AR) Twitter balloons have been positioned inside the Oval Offica and inside the Pentagon press room. The balloons can be seen ‘for real’ inside these two locations, but elsewhere in the world, an ‘artist impression’ can be viewed…The balloon displays the latest tweet containing either the hashtag ‘#pentagonchat’ or ‘#ovalofficechat’.

Turbine Hall 3D Controller (image below) is currently showing as part of an exhibition Gradually Melt the Sky at the Devotion Gallery in Brooklyn New York. The work is part physical device at the gallery and part augmented reality work ‘placed’ in the Turbine Hall at the Tate Modern in London. Users at the exhibition can control the device which causes the augmented reality part, a giant disco ball, to react in real time.

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