[-empyre-] Week 2: Augmented Reality Open Source Tools

Tracey Benson tracey at bytetime.com
Mon Feb 9 07:35:38 AEDT 2015

Hi Renate  - some comments inline :-)

On 09/02/2015, at 4:07 AM, Renate Terese Ferro <rferro at cornell.edu> wrote:

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> Dear Tracey, 
> I was just taking a look at your website and came across your project
> ³Placemaps.² 
> http://www.byte-time.net/art/placemaps.html  as well as ³Estuarine Flows,²
> ³Wallmap,² and ³Memorymap² which all seem to use geo-location. It would be
> interesting to hear about your process a bit.  You must be using video
> camera technology that uses its built in locative tools to locate and mark
> your place.  The software Aurasma I am not familiar with but my last
> guest, Jason Bernagozzi from Signal Culture, told me about the software
> program Layar that seems to be commercially purposed. Jason also showed me
> Signal Culture resident Kristin Lucas¹ project ³Garage Sale in the Sky.²
> http://www169.pair.com/klucas/archive/yardsale.htmlbut
> Here is the link in case our subscribes are interested.

I almost feel embarrassed here to talk about my process :-) The works you mention are all part of a project titled "Fauxonomy" which explored scientific material and then appropriated it to create maps of personal meaning. All of the above mentioned works connect to places where I have lived in the past. The geolocative element is simplistic - I troll Google Earth and take screen shots, then rearrange them in a way that has meaning for me. For example, I did a work for 24Hour Art in Darwin, a place where I lived as a child, spending many hours exploring the beach, which was literally across the road. This map shows a repetition of the section of beach that I used to wander every afternoon, to emphasise the importance of this place.

Layar does use geolocation and Aurasma does too, but my work focuses on Aurasma's "Natural image recognition" capability, which is why I can recreate works for print publications and blogs - for examples check out http://traceybenson.com/tag/auras/

> Your desire to work in open software is one that I know that Nick Knouf
> and Claudia Pederson share.  Their project Art for Spooks
> http://art-for-spooks.org/#app  is dedicated to developing and using open
> source software.   They both were guests on ­empyre in December.  Tim
> Murray and I saw the piece at the Wellesley College Art Museum just before
> the holiday where it was exhibited in the faculty exhibition.

sounds really interesting - will see if some information online .
> Hope you will take the time over the next two days to tell us more about
> the Ada Initiative and ADA CAMP  and the new cooperative open source
> software tool your are creating collaboratively.

Sure, I was very lucky last year to participate in the Bangalore ADACamp and it was a great experience. Most of the participants were from India, though there were a couple from Australia, Sri Lanka, Singapore and Burma. It ran like an unconference model - which I love as the sessions all are what are chosen by the participants and they also opt-in to present. The focus was on gender equity as well as the hooky stuff which was great. Developers, computer scientists, engineers, leaders of community focused programs, artists and students were the attendees and I was really impressed with the savvy in the room. I usually go to events like Web Directions or ISEA where there is a lot of content focused on the application of technology but this was like coming in from the other side, where women talked about C++ and Python coding over coffee. One of the opening sessions was all about the "Impostor syndrome" (http://traceybenson.com/tag/ada-camp/), which was very interesting as it tied some of the psychological challenges that women face in terms of self worth and confidence. 

My collaborator, Aruna and I are currently looking at Mixare and Roundware to see if there is capability to bring together some features from each tool. Our objectives are to:

Take current photos of monuments, use them as targets and use AR to show related Wikipedia text.
Take current photos of monuments, use them as targets, show historical photos - which will be the history walk.
Take current photos of monuments, use them as targets, and play recordings.
Look at options for users to contribute their stories, images and data
Find open source and platform compatible solutions to app development

> Well this post was devoted to primarily tools.  Like you conceptual ideas
> also drive my practice and interests.  I know that doesn¹t make sense this
> month especially given the fact that we are dedicating the entire month on
> empyre to tools and technologies but in all of the posts so far
> theoretical, social, political implications seem to be  embedded into all
> we do. More on that next post.

Very interesting that this conversation is bringing out the 'why' for people using the tools. 
> So I will sign out just for now also for the sake of writing a TLDR post.


> Thanks. Renate
> Renate Ferro
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