Miami-Dade County Art in Public Places, The John. S and James L. Knight Foundation, and Locust Projects, Miami’s longest running experimental art space, are pleased to announce the launch of "Lapse", a major public art commission by Miami native, Charlotte-based artist Ivan Toth Depeña.
Lapse consists of six interwoven components: The Visions & The Collective, a series of publically accessible murals; The Sounds, a GPS-based audio soundscape discoverable on Miami’s downtown MetroMover; The Writings, a virtual prose experience in Museum Park; The Sculpture, an augmented experience triggered by a public sculpture; and The Moment, a site-specific exhibition at Locust Projects’ space in the Miami Design District.
Connecting each of these six components is Lapse, a custom mobile application. Through groundbreaking augmented reality (AR) technology, Lapse responds to triggers and activates virtual and auditory experiences with a mobile device’s camera lens and sound output. The augmented reality technology overlays Depeña’s visual and audio creations over site-specific Miami locations.
The Visions is a series of virtual murals inspired by the invisible data and information that is constantly being transmitted between and around us. Using the Lapse app as a discovery tool, look for large painted trigger images that resemble pixels painted on the wall. Hold your device’s camera up to the trigger to reveal virtual layers designed by Depeña. The Visions can be found on the exterior wall of Locust Projects, 3852 North Miami Avenue, on the Cultural Plaza façade of Miami-Dade Public Library, 101 Flagler Street, and scattered throughout Miami’s downtown. Use the map included in Lapse to discover additional sites.
The Collective is a continuation of the virtual mural series The Visions through smaller compositions contributed by various artists. The locations of the work are not on the map—you can serendipitously discover the trigger images painted, stenciled, or applied in random locations throughout the city.
The Sounds was produced in collaboration Brad Laner, who is best known as the founder of the band Medicine. Laner worked with Depeña’s concept and contributed an interactive musical composition for users traveling on the MetroMover, Miami’s aboveground public rail system. The Omni Loop, one of MetroMover’s train commuter lines, features harmonic layering that is triggered by GPS at each station. The Sounds results in a multi-sensory sonic landscape that is different each time it is experienced. No two iterations of this score will ever be the same.
The Writings was created in collaboration with Miami-based artist Jillian Mayer. A written prose piece develops as the viewer follows a virtual walking tour of Museum Park in downtown Miami. Mayer worked with Depeña’s concept and helped create excerpts from a fictional notebook that reveal thoughts scribbled down in various states of altered consciousness. The Writings is experienced by following orange icons that designate the locations of the floating text by appearing on your screen when you launch the app in the vicinity of Museum Park. Once the viewer is close enough to the orange icon, it will change revealing the hidden text in a three-dimensional environment.
The Sculpture is an augmented experience activated by Arc, a public art sculpture in Aventura, FL. The physical sculpture, created by Depeña for a prior Miami-Dade Art in Public Places commission, was designed using the wind data from Hurricane Wilma, which destroyed the library that was once there. Using the Lapse app as a discovery tool, visitors will be able to visualize virtual wind currents, generated in real time flowing around the sculpture.
The Moment is a site-specific installation at Locust Projects in the Miami Design District launched in conjunction with Lapse. The Moment consists of a multimedia installation featuring the structure of a split-in-half suburban house that reveals a light-filled, geode-like interior. As described in the Fallen Sky Chronicles, the installation illustrates the instant when a breakthrough to an alternate world occurs, the first event in the sequence unlocking the augmented reality dimension. The exhibition is accompanied by an installation of one of The Visions murals on the southern-facing exterior of Locust Projects’ exhibition space.
Software Commissioned by:
Miami-Dade County Art in Public Places
Art Direction and Graphic Design of App:
Ivan Toth Depeña + Chris Pacetti
App Soundtrack and Composition of The Sounds:
Curator/Consultant (Visions / Collective / Writings):
Marilyn Loddi and Ivan Toth Depeña