An exhibition of forty ultraviolet paintings and drawings each with its own augmented reality layer. Shown, the first two weekends of April 2019 as part of York Open Studios at The Micklegate Social, York.
I was the lucky winner of the York Open Studios bursary for new work, which enabled me to add the augmented reality to my paintings. The movies were made mainly from footage shot whilst in, or going to the Freeman hospital. The soundtracks were created using software I created to automatically mix and mash sounds from daytime TV, hospital equipment, morse code, dying gnus and medieval choirs.
During 2017 I created hundreds of paintings, often using day-glo, ultraviolet or glow-in-the-dark paint. They were designed to be seen in natural light but also with a "black light" torch, like the ones used to detect urine or blood at a crime scene. I even attempted to paint red/cyan anaglyph 3D au natural. The paintings are figurative, expressionist, textual and with the 3D and AR layers I felt I was somehow getting close to documenting the multidimensionality of my experiences. If you point a mobile device at the painting, a video layer is revealed, like this.
In the example below, grabbed from a mobile phone, you can get a better idea of the experience.
Unlike a regular exhibition, being in a bar's basement meant I continually had to work out if people were arriving for an unusual art experience or looking for the loo.
Some of the texts were automatically generated by software that mashed my writings at the time, but the example above was created by my wife, Dr Sophie Nicholls, who also features in the painting visiting me in ICU wearing a face mask.
Even the catalogue for the exhibition was AR'd. Even now, funding willing, if you download Wikitude, enter "Tom Smith" and point at the image below, you will get an idea of how the layers of augmentation unfold.