Re+Public is a group of public space activists interested in pushing the art possibilities of AR before commercial and legal interests clog the discourse. Their augmented reality app is free from iTunes and Google Play . I’ve been really fortunate to work with them several times.
In St Louis I collaborated with Re+Public on a mural and the design of the accompanying digital augmentation.
Their app brings up a handful of randomly selected digital forms once the mural is recognized. Tapping on any of these digital “assets” makes them disappear, and new random forms pop up. This way a user can cycle through the hundreds of random combinations while feeling some control.
The thingness of this medium seems to be that users can physically move in relation to the work, finding perspectives and even passing through forms. The app will work with any image of the mural: try triggering my wall and others from this page: http://www.republiclab.com/murals The reason for having a mural-size image to trigger the app is scale, it then becomes something immersive.
Here’s too many curious video stills, I can’t help it!
This technology is developing quickly, so whatever we’re doing today will look funny soon enough like the internet in the early 90’s looks to us today. But exploring these new possibilities and being a part of something in its earliest stages is fascinating.
Press Release from them here: http://www.republiclab.com/press
In Miami during the Wynwood Walls 2012 edition, they augmented 5 murals including this one I’d created inside the Wynwood Walls Nicelook gallery.