Invitation in PDF Format:
Article in The Herald:
Artwork Opening and
Monday 21 March 2011
Street adjoining The Plymouth College of Art
“Plymouth Blitz – 70 years on”
Augmented Reality Artwork
by Vlad Geroimenko
“Plymouth Blitz - 70
years on” is an augmented reality artwork by UK artist Vlad Geroimenko.
During the night of 20-21 March 1941, the Luftwaffe bombed and destroyed Charles
Church in Plymouth. The church is now a living memorial to the 1,200 civilians who
died in the city during the Blitz. The augmented reality artwork is a digital
painting that depicts a bomber in the sky above Charles Church, dropping its
payload. Gothic text above the plane shows the date of the air raid. The button
“Play Air Raid Audio” triggers original sounds of sirens and bombing from the
BBC audio resources (http://www.bbc.co.uk/schoolradio).
What is Augmented Reality?
Reality (AR) is a combination of a real scene viewed by a user and a virtual
scene generated by a computer that augments the real scene with additional objects
Mobile Augmented Reality is a novel
smartphone technology that can display real time digital information on top of
the real world. It augments the real world as seen through your mobile phone,
based on your location.
Street adjoining The Plymouth College of Art.
Don’t forget to bring
your iPhone or Android mobile!
How to View the Augmented Reality Artwork
will need an iPhone 4 / iPhone 3GS or Android mobile phone equipped with an
augmented reality browser.
- To get
the browser, go to the iPhone App Store or the Android Market and search for
the “Layar Reality Browser” (free) and then select “Install”.
your way to any spot from which you can see Charles Church, launch the browser,
search for “blitz”, and select the “Plymouth Blitz” layer.
your mobile phone at the sky above the church and view the artwork.
the description at the bottom of the screen and then the “Play Air Raid Audio”
button to listen to the original sounds of an air raid in progress.
This project is based
on my current research into the use of augmented reality in art, 3D design and
architecture. It explores the ability of the new emerging technology to augment
the current view of the real world with its past, something glorious or tragic
that happened on this particular spot some time ago. Also, in this project I tried
to go beyond visual augmentation by adding a sound dimension to the artwork. I
hope that this first step into a new direction will lead to the creation of
complex augmented reality soundscapes in my future projects.
The tragic WWII history of the city where I have lived and worked to more than
12 years (and which I love very much) has provided me with a unique opportunity
to implement my project as an original audio/visual artwork. I hope that the
use of the latest augmented reality technology will make it of interest to a
wider audience, ranging from schoolchildren to those who still remember the
ruins of the Plymouth Blitz. But not only people have memories, the surviving Plymouth’s
buildings also bear witness. Some rafters in the loft of my house in Lower
Compton still carry the marks of a fire – during an air raid, an incendiary
bomb hit the house.
Interested in Augmented Reality?
Email Vlad at firstname.lastname@example.org to
join the Augmented Reality Research and Enterprise Group (ARREG).
for the Creative and Cultural Industries
(MADr - Centre for Media, Art and Design