Brass Art TouchAR

Chara Lewis, Kristin Mojsiewicz, Anneke Pettican

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TouchAR is an Augmented Reality artwork made for Apple and Android mobile devices. TouchAR invites the user to download the free app to activate images with animation and sounds. These include tracking butterflies, a leaping locust, an inhaling lung, and fingers of flame that invite repeated fingertip touch. The auditory aspects of TouchAR mix live capture of the artists’ voices with field and studio recordings to create electroacoustic soundscapes. The artwork brings together three-dimensional copies of the artists’ hands with collaged imagery drawn from environmental regeneration, the Tapestry of the Apocalypse, (made in Angers in the 14th century), and historic, anatomical, and cosmological illustrations. The AR system was developed in Unity (during the Covid19 lockdown 2020-21) with the AR Foundation SDK utilising a combination of image and plane
detection to augment each printed digital artefact. The artists use technology to suture analogue and computational art making, to explore ideas of touch and engagement with ecology in a technological society and address the deep past, present challenges and possible futures. TouchAR offers an embodied experience with AR as a means of enchantment
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 10th Conference on Computation, Communication, Aesthetics & X
Subtitle of host publicationxCoAx2022
EditorsMiguel Carvalhais, Mario Verdicchio, Luisa Ribas, André Rangel
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9789899049338
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jul 2022
Event10th Conference on Computation, Communication, Aesthetics & X - Coimbra, Portugal
Duration: 6 Jul 20228 Jul 2022

Publication series

NamexCoAx Proceedings
ISSN (Electronic)2183-9069


Conference10th Conference on Computation, Communication, Aesthetics & X
Abbreviated titlexCoAx 2022
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