ManifestAR was recently awarded The ARtSENSE Commission at FACT, Liverpool. The Foundation for Creative Technology is one of Europe’s principle institutions, commissioning canonical works and exhibitions in film, video and new media in the last 20 years. The sizable grant creates a significant new artwork that aligns with one of its current research interests in “augmented reality supported adaptive and personalized experiences” and “events” for Museums.
Our proposal, entitlted “Invisible ARtaffects” will explore the linked appearance of augmented virtual objects with audience response translated through compact wearable bio, audio, eye and brainwave sensing devices. We hope to create individual and collective experiences of “I think, I see, I speak, I feel- therefore it is.” Research will involve a year-long collaboration between artists in Manifest.AR, FACT and the ARtSense Consortium of European technology companies, universities and museums, and a significant exhibition at FACT in mid-2013. ManifestAR will also explore Liverpool public, architectural and community issues that will become part of the project that is not limited to the FACT building.
The project will be lead by Will Pappenheimer (US) and Tamiko Thiel (DE,JP,US) who will attend the presentation of The ARtSense Commission to the The European ARtSENSE project consortium meeting at the Louvre in Paris, January 26, 2012. A partial list of other ManifestAR artists working on the project currently are Sander Veenhof, Mark Skwarek, John Craig Freeman and John Cleater.