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AR Occupy Wall Street

November 20, 2011

Protesters were not allowed to protest at Wall Street during the Occupy Wall Street uprising, forcing them blocks from the New York Stock Exchange to Zuccotti Park. Wall Street was barricaded off. Only part of the sidewalk is accessible to the public and there was a constant police presence around both the protesters and the Stock Exchange at all times.

AR Occupy Wall Street, Screenshot montage by Mark Skwarek, 2011.

#arOCCUPYWALLSTREET” takes the protest to the heart of the financial district directly in front of the Stock Exchange. Augments now blanket the entire financial district.


I Shall Please

October 28, 2011

Part of the The Art Of Placebo exhibition at Open Space, during the Off Label Festival, in association with Digital Arts Weeks 2011. Victoria Canada, October 24 – Nov. 2, 2011.

“I shall please,” the translation of the Latin word “placebo”, suggests the willing complicity of a patient to imagine a cure. This empty control procedure might also be applied to various belief systems necessary for us to create what we understand as reality. Increasingly our intermediary existence between physical and virtual lives raises these questions about that which we have previously dismissed as purely ephemeral.

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“Not There,” Kasa Gallery, Istanbul

August 18, 2011

Manifest.AR is pleased to announce that the  Kasa Gallery of Sabanci University in Istanbul is showing artworks from our Venice Biennial Intervention in the show “Not There” („Orada Değil“) from July 22 – December 13, 2011.

Not Here, Samek Art Gallery, Lewisburg, PA.

August 18, 2011

The Samek Art Gallery at Bucknell University is very pleased to announce that we will not be presenting the augmented reality artwork of the art collective, MANIFEST.AR from June 4 through November 27, 2011. This collective, famous for using augmented reality technology to “hijack” an exhibition at MOMA in 2010, has focused its latest intervention on an even bigger art world target, the 2011 Venice Biennale.

June 4 – Nov. 27, Lewisburg, PA.

Cyber-Animism and Augmented Dreams

May 8, 2011

By Tamiko Thiel

Leonardo Electronic Almanac

Border Memorial, John Craig Freeman and Mark Skwarek, screenshot Hana Carpenter Image


To those who were active in the first wave of virtual reality online in the mid 1990s, the current boom in augmented reality (AR) has a strange sense of déjà vu. Tamiko Thiel did pioneering work on online 3D virtual worlds with Starbright World from 1994-1997, and is now one of the founding members of the augmented reality cyberartists’ group Manifest.AR. In this informal report she explicates the underlying parallels she sees in the lure of cyberspace, then and now, and how AR artists are bringing the gap between seen and unseen realities.

Cyber-Animism and Augmented Dreams (PDF)

Williamsburg Greenpoint News+Art

May 8, 2011

Sarah Schmerler, of Art in America, published an interview with Mark Skwarek and Will Pappenheimer in the Williamsburg Greenpoint News+Art titled I have seen the Future, and it was on Maujer Street: Augmented Reality Artworks!. See the print version.

Mark S. in a quiet moment at Devotion Gallery, Billyburg

Mark S. in a quiet moment at Devotion Gallery, Billyburg

Will Pappenheimer, Pace professor and AR curator and artist

Will Pappenheimer, Pace professor and AR curator and artist

Manifest.AR @ ICA, Boston Cyberarts Festival 2011

March 13, 2011

Manifest.AR will create a virtual exhibition in and around Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art during the Boston Cyberarts Festival 2011.

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Augmented Reality: Creators Project: A Brief Guide To Augmented Reality Art Exhibits

March 13, 2011

By Bruce Sterling, Wired

“This week: Augmented reality art exhibits.
“So, what are augmented reality art exhibits?
“Exhibitions that utilize overlayed realities as part of the experience, usually taking the form of a mixed reality which blends the physical and augmented environments. These exhibits can take two forms, the commissioned type and the unsanctioned guerrilla attacks which infiltrate galleries or public spaces to showcase AR art. The exhibits can use projection mapping, like in augmented sculptures, or utilize smartphones as a looking glass through which reality is altered.

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La conquête des espaces

March 10, 2011

Marie Lechner, Libération.

Liberation.frDes artistes usent de la réalité augmentée pour investir et modifier des lieux historiques.

Vendredi 25 février, à 20 h 15 GMT+1, le bureau ovale de la Maison blanche et le Pentagone ont été infiltrés en toute discrétion par deux ballons d’hélium sur lesquels s’affichaient des messages adressés à Barack Obama, que chacun pouvait envoyer en direct via Twitter (#whitehouseinfiltration). Des ballons qui ont échappé aux services d’ordre (et sans doute aussi au président américain).

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Manifest.AR at Dorkbot NYC

March 4, 2011

what: dorkbot-nyc meeting
where: Location One
when: Wednesday, 02 March 2011, 7-9pm

Manifest.AR is an international artists collective working with emergent forms of augmented reality as interventionist public art. The group sees this medium as a way of transforming public space and institutions by installing virtual objects and artworks which respond to and overlay the configuration of located physical meaning. Utilizing this technology as artwork is an entirely new proposition and explores all that we know and experience as the mixture the real and the hyperreal.