FACT TOWERS AReal Estate -Pappenheimer

FACT TOWERS AReal Estate
Will Pappenheimer
Updated: 10/2/12

FACT TOWERS AReal Estate

YOU ARE A VISITING PART OF FACT. YOU MAKE IT WHAT IT IS. YOUR TIME HERE IS VALUABLE. BUT IT IS ALSO RISKY. YOU BECOME VERY WEALTHY BECAUSE YOUR TIME IS VALUABLE AND YOU TAKE RISKS. YOU WANT TO GIVE SOMETHING BACK TO A PIONEERING INSTITUTION. YOU WANT HIGH PROFILE REAL ESTATE TO BE REMEMBERED. SO YOU USE YOUR TIME IS MONEY TO BUILD ANOTHER FLOOR ON FACT TOWERS AND PUT IT IN YOUR NAME. IF, OVER TIME,  DONATED FLOORS TO TOWER #1 MAKE IT TOO TALL, AND THE AIR IS TOO THIN, YOU BUY THE BUILDING PLOT NEXT DOOR.  THEN  YOU  START TOWER #2.

Introducing FACT AReal Estate; augmented real estate; real estate for the public with no boundaries; the next estate. As visitors arrive at FACT, their visit becomes a high level sponsorship of the institution. Their participation and risk in this visit makes them wealthy, and so they are invited by a large wall text and an unusually dressed performing entrance attendant(s) of FACT ARealty to donate their valuable visitation time as funding for an additional augmented reality floor on the existing FACT building. At a computer screen near the entrance they can enter a floor dedication name, an overall use and a plan for their designated floor. The application process will then add an augmented reality floor stacked up on top of the existing building. As the tower grows through multiple contributions, anyone can see it using a smart phone or mobile computing pad from outside the building or from up to three miles away in the surrounding city. There will also be a small scale model near the entrance that will have modular floors added to it. The tower’s grand first floor interior will be visible from the inside on the top floor or rooftop of the museum. As accumulating floors for the first tower reach about 800 meters or 1800 feet, the next contributing visitor will buy an adjacent plot of land and begin building tower #2. More towers will be added as needed for the duration of the exhibition. An online website will display the buildings’ expansions and floor-by-floor donor information.

While FACT Towers is not a bio-sensor based project immediately understood as connected to ARtSense goals, it should be viewed as a database adaptive augmented reality project. It functions with accumulating audience involvement in adding AR visually, as virtual architecture, as well as generating attached personalized information.

Lecture Hall  Floor Module

Penthouse Apartment Floor Module

Disco Floor Module

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Exhibition Plan:
This artwork functions primarily through new media forms of direct participation. It does not require sensors or calibration. The audience participates by entering in text and choices  into a simple form that then automatically generates a new AR FACT Tower “floor” with collected database information.

Text/Image Banner: On the ground floor, to the right of the entrance from Rope Walk Square, a tall image rendition of the FACT Towers with the above invitation text will be printed out in the style of a large real estate ad forming the visual invitation to participate.

3D Small-Scale Model: At the current donation box area just inside the entrance from Rope Walk Square a 3-D printed small-scale model of FACT Towers will be started to correspond to the number floor and towers created. A modular series of floor blocks will be available for adding. The model would likely be encased in a pedestal with a clear Plexiglas cover that is easily removed or opened from one side.

Opening Performance Personnel1-2 representatives of FACT Towers Realty will circulate around the public for the opening with iPad(s) to encourage visitors to donate new floors. Loud aesthetic costumes will be designed to attract potential participants.


Representatives of FACT TOWERS ARealty

FACT ground floor AR common viewing station: The Manifest.AR iPad “periscope” allows visitors to see the FACT Towers from the inside spiraling upwards.

Collaboration and EngagementDiscussion with Jennifer Welch (Mediated Garden) was begun while at FACT in June to incorporate a planting system with the towers. A particular interest is in Air Plants as a potential future floating vegetation system. These might be generated or attached to participants in a local plant-based blog run by Jennifer Welch.

orbital air plant self-sustaining supplementary oxygen system for each floor

Technologies:

The project will use a 3-D design program to create the building tower models and the Layar GPS Augmented Reality Browser mobile APP as the primary platform for the audience to view the artwork. The artist will create the above content and primary functionality of the project and PHP database programming. The graphic display of information and a possible custom APP for the building and entry of audience data would likely need to be generated by the Pace AR database programming team to enhance implementation. Layar Augmented Reality Browser will then access this database to view the towers. Building progress results and information will also be viewable on a corresponding webpage.

Budget:

Text/Image Poster
9.38’ (112”) x 24’(?) = 225 sq ft (Circle Graphics) estimate $0.65 – $1.02/sq ft = $225/£143.39

3D Small-Scale Model
3-D printing at Arduino doES Liverpool: estimate to be obtained

Opening Performance Personnel Clothing
Costume(s) estimate: $100/ £63.73

FACT TOWERS scaffolding build, view from Roscoe Street, iPhone screenshot

FACT TOWERS initial scaffolding view from Bold Street with orbital airplants,
iPhone screenshots

FACT TOWERS initial scaffolding view from below entrance,, iPhone screenshots

FACT TOWERS scaffolding from the roof of FACT, iPhone screenshot

Artist-architect of FACT TOWERS , photo, JC Freeman

 

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