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Altar-n8 Realm: Outdoor Augmented Reality (AR) Art Exhibit in Chinatown SF

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Altar-n8 Realm, an outdoor augmented reality (AR) art exhibition in support of small businesses in San Francisco’s Chinatown

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In collaboration with APICC’s United States of Asian America Festival, Macro Waves presents Altar-n8 Realm, an outdoor augmented reality (AR) art exhibition in support of small businesses in San Francisco’s Chinatown, honoring our ancestors through virtual offerings of food, prayer, and reflection, opening May 30th.

From May 30th to August 31st, 2021, viewers are welcome to experience the exhibition with the use of smartphones as an interactive walking art tour of Chinatown. In response to the global pandemic and the current hate crimes against Asian Americans, Altar-n8 Realm fosters recovery, resilience, and regeneration in the Chinatown community by utilizing interactive technology as a form of storytelling, uplifting Chinatown voices in support of small businesses. Inspired by the Qingming Festival traditions, Altar-n8 Realm poses the question, “how can offerings form a spiritual bond between our ancestors and our present self?”

Featuring five Chinatown-based small businesses, Chinatown Kite Shop, Li Ly’s Hair Salon, Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory, Little Paris, and Washington Bakery and Restaurant, Macro Waves collective and artists Alice Yuan Zhang and Qianqian Ye will create AR art altar installations inspired by conversations with each business owner. Altar-n8 Realm is an exhibition that brings the physical into the virtual world, providing a safe space for viewers to experience art outdoors.

Collaborators, Broad Target, will present a mini-docu series highlighting participating businesses in SF Chinatown. The series covers each businesses’ experiences with Covid-19, rising Anti Asian sentiment, and their relationships with the traditions of Qingming (Tomb Sweeping Day). This will be released online

*** All donations will contribute to our fundraiser, in support of participating small businesses, artists, and collaborators. Donations over $50 will be given a limited edition Altar-n8 Realm Zine that documents the AR exhibition. Access our GoFundme here.

Instructions Experience the AR Exhibition

> Download the Adobe Aero app to your mobile device here (fully supported on iPhone and limited compatibility with Android).

> Download the Altar-n8 Realm map/instructions PDF here. Follow self-guided walking tour map to find each participating business and AR altar artwork

> When you get to Chinatown: look out for the Altar-n8 Realm instructional posters located on the storefront of each participating business. Follow the provided instructions on the poster and Aero app to see each AR altar artwork.

> If a business is closed and you cannot access the posters you can access each AR altar here.

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Organizer Macro Waves

Organizer of Altar-n8 Realm: Outdoor Augmented Reality (AR) Art Exhibit in Chinatown SF

Macrowave is a multidisciplinary arts collective that creates immersive experiences in alternative environments. Through selective curation of conceptual artists, the collective activates space and engages a transcending audience.

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