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Thursday, May 16 • 10:30am - 10:50am
(Electronic Media) The Potential of Augmented Reality (AR) in the Virtual Performance of Time-Based Media Art

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Augmented Reality (AR) is a technology that superimposes digital information on a view of the real world through a device such as a smartphone or tablet. Using an app or web page, one can point a device’s camera at a designated object before them and see video, images, three-dimensional digital renderings, and more, activated within a specified area on top of the real-life object. Popularly used in mobile gaming, AR has also recently been used in art and art historical contexts. For example, the New Palmyra Project shares digital reconstructions of ancient architecture destroyed in conflict zones, and artists leverage AR as a creative platform for interactivity and hybrid visual fields in galleries and museums around the world. This presentation explores the potential of AR as a tool to preserve the experience of time-based artworks no longer able to function in their original iteration due to damage, obsolescence, or other barriers. Elements such as moving image or kinetic motion could exist as virtual visual layers digitally superimposed on the original object. As an alternative to an exhibition copy or displaying an object with documentation of its past function, AR offers a unique method to connect time-based, work-defining elements to their physical anchors and keep such artworks accessible to viewers. By proposing the application of AR technology through case studies, some limitations will be discussed, as well as questions around ethics and authenticity.

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Sasha Arden

Student, NYU Institute of Fine Arts, Conservation Center
Sasha Arden is a graduate candidate in Conservation and Art History at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, specializing in Time-Based Media. Their previous experience includes installation of media-based artworks at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, managing media... Read More →

Thursday May 16, 2019 10:30am - 10:50am EDT
Passamaquoddy/Brothertown Rooms Sky Convention Center, Mohegan Sun
  Specialty Session, Electronic Media