Platonic Solids

John Craig Freeman, Lalie S. Pascual and Caroline Bernard
Zürich Meets New York
Grand Central Station, New York City
Exhibition: May 17th – 23rd, 2014


Platonic Solids is an augmented reality art installation inspired by Johannes Kepler’s Mysterium Cosmographicum published in 1595. Kepler speculated that by nesting the five Platonic solids, octahedron, icosahedron, dodecahedron, tetrahedron, hexahedron, he could explain the orbits of the six known planets around the Sun. Although fundamentally flawed, the theory paved the road to modern astronomy.

Platonic Solids recreates the Mysterium Cosmographicum using images and videos of the city of Zurich. It explores notions of change, movement and the ephemeral, and suggests new representational models of Platonic solids that not only blur of the borders between the past and the present, the virtual and the real, but also aim to pave the road to new dialogs, conversations and possibilities.


To view the work on location at Grand Central Station in New York City or on Augustinergasse in Zürich, using any late model iPad, iPhone or Android, download the free Layar Augmented Reality Browser and scan this code.


See the photo stream.

Also, please see Metro-NeXt+.


John Craig Freeman is a Professor of New Media at Emerson College in Boston, and a founding member of the international artists collective Manifest.AR. Freeman exhibited around the world including at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, FACT Liverpool, Kunsthallen Nikolaj Copenhagen, Triennale di Milano, the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Beijing.

Lalie S. Pascual is a digital media artist living and working in Lausanne. She has an MA in Fine Art from Central St. Martins University of the Arts, London, and a Master of Science in Management from Boston University. Pascual exhibited internationally along with Lucy Mackintosh Gallery, the Centre hospitalier universitaire vaudois, and École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne.

Caroline Bernard is a professor at Vevey’s School of Photography. She was a contributing scientific associate of the Formes de l’interactivité laboratory of Geneva University of Art and Design exploring new forms of cinema. Bernard was a guest professor in the EAVM – UQAM in Montreal, and is scheduled to compete a PhD at University of Paris in 2014.

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