My daughter Donia has been showing interest in the family art practice of late and I have been waving her off and telling her to focus on her course work. However, she showed up with a shinny new Android mobile device the other day and was immediately exploring QR code technology. My friend and fellow artist Don Repella was experimenting with QR codes years before they were common in the United States. His work is a very poetic form of augmented image/text photography. Incidentally Don was my assistant on the Rocky Flats work back in 1990.
I had been thinking for some time of developing some form of augmented reality based on the choragraphic method that Greg Ulmer and I developed with the Imaging Place project starting with Imaging the Miami River beginning in 1997. I have also been hanging out with the folks from the Tunneling exhibition at Famous Accountants in Bushwick and I am quite inspired by Mark Skwarek’s phenomenal AR work.
The idea for Augmenting Place will be to take a walk or psychogeographic dérive with the denizens of a site and shoot smart phone video of them periodically as they reflect on formative memory. We would position them in front of various sign polls or fences, anywhere the QR code could be mounted as if it were a street sign.
This visualization material is based on Imaging Place work from the Miami River with J Tomas Lopez, but Donia and I will probably get the project under way in New York.
Download a QR code reader onto your smart phone and point the device’s camera at this code.