As part of the VPAP@PIFA project Breadboard offers a free panel discussion titled Augmented Reality Check: Seeing the Future Now which will be held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Van Pelt Auditorium. The panel of experts including cutting-edge artists, software developers, gaming specialists, sociologists and social historians will discuss the future of augmented reality and how it may play into our everyday lives. The discussion will be followed by an interactive demonstration and virtual art tour that blurs the line between the real and the virtual. The walking tour and demonstration will include site-specific AR content developed by artists and designed to interact with locations and landmarks along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Moderated by Dr. Mimi Sheller, Director of Drexel University’s Center for Mobilities Research and Policy, the panel will include: Deb Boyer, public historian and project manager, Sajara and the Philly History Project; Dr. Paul Diefenbach, associate professor, Digital Media and co-founder of Drexel’s RePlay Lab; John Craig Freeman, artist and professor of Visual and Media Arts at Emerson College; Chris Manzione, artist and founder of the Virtual Public Art Project; Josh Marcus, software developer and technical lead for Decision Tree; and Mark Skwarek, new media artist. Opening remarks will be offered by Gary Steuer, Chief Cultural Officer of Philadelphia and director of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy.
Augmented Reality Check: Seeing the Future Now is presented partnership with Philly Tech Week, the Philadelphia Science Festival, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
The VPAP@PIFA Augmented Reality exhibit is a collaboration between Breadboard, a hybrid program at the University City Science Center dedicated to exploring the intersection of art, science and technology, and the Virtual Public Art Project (VPAP). Augmented Reality or AR interlaces the physical real-world environment with virtual computer-generated imagery in real-time. VPAP is an augmented reality platform for the public display of digital works of art and the first mobile augmented reality outdoor art experience of its kind. VPAP merges the real-world physical environment of public spaces around the world with site-specific virtual sculptures that can only be viewed in-the-round using the iPhone and Android phones when one is at the sculpture's real-world location.
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Breadboard is a hybrid program at the University City Science Center that facilitates cross-disciplinary art exhibits, community outreach initiatives and special programs offering public access to a new generation of fabrication technology and workspace in an effort to empower individuals and convene communities around creative applications of technology. Through a unique partnership with NextFab Studio Breadboard engages groups and communities at all levels of interest and experience. Breadboard programming combines 3-D printing technology, CAD-operated equipment such as laser cutters and milling machines with a collaborative workshop environment where artists, DIY enthusiasts, hackers, community groups and students can share a computer station or a circuit board with business entrepreneurs, engineers, and industrial designers. For more information, www.breadboardphilly.org