Exhibition 'State of the AR' at the KABK

Research in Art and Design with Augmented Reality at the AR+RFID Lab. With the 'State of the AR' exhibition, the AR+RFID Lab of the Royal Academy of Arts The Hague (KABK) and the Bio-Robotics Lab of TU-Delft show the art projects and designs that have been developed over the past three years. This exceptional exhibition can be experienced from 16 November until 28 November in the Gallery of the KABK, the Academy in which the AR+RFID Lab is situated. The KABK's AR+RFID Lab specializes in researching the usability of new visualization techniques for art and design. A specialism that suits the KABK well. At this Academy, students are trained to be independent, self-conscious artists and designers who, driven by an experimental attitude, have an obstinate contribution to their discipline and society. The Lab collaborates closely with the Bio-Robotics Lab of the TU-Delft. 'State of the AR' consists of several components. The 'Augmented Exhibition' for example, sows how exhibitions could be set up in the future. At the 'Augmented Exhibition' abstract paintings serve as a visual code. These codes evoke an extra dimension to the exhibited piece. This component can only be viewed with an AR-headset. For the operation of the headset an expert will be present each day from 16.00 to 18.00. Whenever there isn't an expert present visitors will watch along with an automated visitor: a mannequin transformed into a robot who looks around wearing Augmented Reality glasses. Visitors can view what the 'robot' views on a projection. Those who are interested can also evoke 3D images on a monitor themselves, using AR-books and a table made by Melanie Luchtenveld (Furniture Design student at the KABK) can be viewed. Next to the real table, a second, animated table is evoked within the augmented reality. You can also go back in time. The long tradition of technical visualization methods that preceded AR can be viewed at the formation 'Lanterna Magica'. This refers to the time of the diorama, before the invention of photography by Daguerre around 1826. In the last exhibition space a detached white cube will be placed which can be entered from the rear. The cube is furnished with antique magic lanterns, stereoscopes, Pepper's ghost and other narrative optical equipment. The Magic Lantern Museum in Scheveningen has lent us pieces of their collection for the exhibition. For the many projects of the AR+RFID Lab that have been established with the collaboration of artists and designers please visitand 'State of the AR' KABK Gallery Royal Academy of Arts Prinsessegracht 4, The Hague Open: Monday 16 until Saturday 28 November 2009 (opening 16 November 2009: 16.00) on workdays: 11.00 - 18.00 on Saturdays: 11.00 - 16.00 Closed on Sundays Operation of the AR equipment every workday from 16:00 until 18:00 and on Saturday from 11 until 14:00. State of the AR + ArtScience Colloquium 16 November 16.00h 16.00h – Introduction by Yolande Kolstee (Head of AR+RFID Lab) 16.05h – The Augmented Reality Technology of the AR+RFID Lab – Prof. Pieter Jonker (Bio-Robotics Lab, TU-Delft) 16.20h – Invisible Vision: Could Science learn from the Arts? – Sabine Wildevuur (Head of Programme Healthcare, Waag Society) 16.35h – Drinks & Official opening of State of the AR by Yolande Kolstee Exhibition open until 19.00 17.15h – Machine Mediated Vision – Joost Rekveld (Artist, Head of ArtScience Interfaculty) 17.45h – Plato Machine – Dorota Walentynowicz (Artist) 18.15h – Final Words by Joost Rekveld The Augmented Reality Technology of the AR+RFID Lab Prof. Pieter Jonker (Bio-Robotics Lab, TU-Delft) Augmented Reality is a new dimension to discover in Art and Design. It is a new medium which is on the verge of conquering the world and is increasingly grabbing the interest of the press. Pieter Jonker, expert in the domain of image processing and robot vision will give a short introduction on the possibilities and limitations of this technique and will provide a peek into the future on how visual based technologies and artificial intelligence will provide even more interaction between virtual and real worlds. Invisible Vision: Could Science learn from the Arts? Sabine E. Wildevuur (Head of Programme Healthcare, Waag Society) Innovative visualization techniques from the worlds of medicine and industry are making the invisible visible. The visual language of digital medical imaging is part of our perception of the world. The internal worlds of the body, objects and landscapes are becoming available for artists to explore. Sabine E. Wildevuur works in the inter- and cross disciplinary field of (biomedical) science and artistic research. In her recent book ‘Invisible Vision’, she reflects on various ways of bringing science and the arts together. The digital worlds of computer animation, virtual reality, augmented reality and digital games are merging with those of science, with varying results.. Could Science learn from the Arts? Machine Mediated Vision Joost Rekveld (Artist, Head of ArtScience Interfaculty) Vision machines are much more than tools and many of the old visual media have been used as metaphors for our perception as a whole. Because vision is such an important aspect of our relation with the world, any machine that changes this relationship embodies a philosphy of vision. There is a long tradition of artists who work with image-producing machines to question their tools in an explicit negation of the world view they embody. Many of these artists have done so from the conviction that machines make new kinds of perspectives possible and that it is the role of the artist to help evolve our world view by expanding our senses. An important body of experimental film work is reflecting on the apparatus of cinema and the modes of perception it enables, and in that way experimental film is an important example of how artists have investigated the technology of a medium that was not invented to produce art. The cultural significance of machine mediated vision, however, is much wider than film alone, going back to the history of perspective and optics and forward towards new media yet to be invented. Plato Machine Dorota Walentynowicz (Artist) Dorota Walentynowicz will present her recent work Plato Machine, which combines old and new media in order to create an audio visual experience in a form of self recording image making performance machine. In the installation Plato Machine semi-transparent textual cells are contracting and expanding due to air movement caused by a pneumatic appliance that sucks the air in and out the objects with mechanically controlled interval. The fluctuating movement of text conglomerates printed within the transparent cells indicates their reference to organic forms. This kinetic process is registered by a primitive photographic device: pinhole camera built in a form a dark modular sculpture. During her talk the artist will take the ancient phenomena of camera obscura as a point of departure, searching for both physical and metaphysical links with Platonic cave. "What is Plato's famous cave if not a camera obscura, the largest ever invented? If one would only shrink its entrance to the size of a small hole and cover the opposite wall with a light sensitive material, one could produce a great film ….” (P.Valéry, "The Centenary of Photography") Presented research is inspired by the theoretical framework of philosopher Vilém Flusser, who describes a world fundamentally changed by the invention of the "technical image" and the mechanisms that support and define industrialized modern culture.