“Viewers will be able to download the Shared Spaces app and follow the Google map to find scannable RA triggers for 16 virtual sculptures and animations to appear in different outdoor locations. This means participants simply have to come equipped with their phones, join the university’s Wi-Fi and display digital artwork, as if by magic, on their screens in the places indicated on the map, ”said Professor Lisa Birke, a member of the faculty in the Department of Art and Art History at USask’s College of Arts and Science.
Birke said the artwork “goes from a“ shy ”sculpture that pulls away from the viewer’s gaze, animated paper airplanes popping out of the windows of the Airplane Room, seen from the front of the Thorvaldson Building, and a giant tornado depicting the disorder — and the metaphorical elimination of campus activity — experienced through the COVID-19 pandemic, along with many others works ”.
“The works promise to be visually intriguing, poetic, motivating and just fun to experience,” he said. “This will be the first time a fully augmented reality exhibit will be held live on campus, as last year’s projects were only accessible through the app and were not organized on a physical tour.”
The works of art to be displayed at White night sky were created by USask students Alleah Bowring, Gabrielle Da Silva, Eva Francis-Work, Jesse Fulcher Gagnon, Rod Goertzen, Elizabeth Laidlaw, Danya Lawton, Chantelle Matkowski, Athena Ni, Leanne Read, Milzedrich Salcedo and Ming Zhang.
Shared Spaces is a three-year project at the University of Saskatchewan’s art gallery and collection that explores how RA can create opportunities to connect through art, making art accessible to anyone. instead, through approaches such as 3D digital sculptures, and providing additional content that is often personal.