Background

As an extension to the Vivid Sydney festival, TAFE NSW wanted to create an Augmented Reality Art exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, showcasing student works from their Mt Druitt and Nepean campuses.

What we did

Using ARKit 1.5, we built a new app for iPhone and iPad devices that utilised marked-based AR technology to digitally display 4 2-dimensional art pieces and 4 3-dimensional art pieces. The app recognised pre-determined artwork and superimposed the students’ artworks over the top of it. Leveraging recent upgrades to the ARKit platform, the app allowed the art pieces to remain stable including when a user moved around the room and the markers were not visible.

Mixing real world art with computer generated art and sculptures, students used texture, light, colour and modern media to create a visual wonderland. The artworks explored ideas of people, places, planets and dimensions at one of the city’s most loved creative spaces.

“It’s incredible to watch the students work come to life, and amazing to watch others experience it for the first time. AR is quite unique, and in a lot of cases, is a completely new experience, which is a lot of fun to watch.”
– Vincent Rossini, TAFE NSW 3D Art and Animation Head Teacher.

“Augmented reality provides an immersive lens for artists to showcase their work. It breaks the barriers of a traditional canvas, providing a new medium for artists to experiment with and amplify their artwork stories.”
– Paul Willey, COO of AR Tech

Results

Over 300 people attended the exhibition.