The Without Borders VIII: Breaking Ground exhibition, which includes my augmented reality piece The Variable Museum, has been showing in the University of Maine’s Lord Hall gallery since August.  We’ll be having a closing reception on Sep. 15th from 5:30-7:30 for anyone in the area who wants to stop by and take a look at it or any of the work by the other five artists represented in the show.  The Variable Museum is also scheduled for another iteration/showing at the Pixxelpoint festival in Slovenia this December.  From the press release:

The Variable Museum is built using augmented reality (AR) techniques that insert digital objects into a visitor’s view of the real world around them in real time. Viewers wear a pair of glasses with built-in cameras that record what their eyes would normally see and send that video to a computer where 3D objects are added before it is displayed inside the glasses. An optical tracking system allows visitors to walk around and see the objects from different perspectives, just as if they were physical artworks in the gallery.

Unlike the physical artworks in the gallery though, viewers of The Variable Museum do not all see the same objects. Each person sees something different, and only by talking to the other visitor’s can they discover what other people see and uncover the common ties that bind the artworks together. The Variable Museum uses AR technology not just to show objects that don’t exist, but also to show them in a way that would not be possible in the real world.

…and I’ll throw in a gratuitous shot of the gallery even though my piece is around the corner and not visible.

WoB VIII gallery shot