NONUMENT honors hidden urban spaces that carry symbolic value or ordinary people. In opposition to bronze and stone, NONUMENT [or no monument] installs new and emerging media forms in order to capture the transitory nature of everyday experiences.
NONUMENT 01:: The McKeldin Fountain is a virtual memorial to a demolished fountain in the brutalist style in the heart of Baltimore’s downtown inner harbor. The site is a free speech zone and home to “Occupy Baltimore” and the National Guard presence during the uprisings after the death of Freddie Gray.
This site-specific project uses augmented reality in order to celebrate the transitory value of public space. When the user holds their phone or devise like a protest sign, they’re able to put back an architecturally accurate fountain to scale, with over a dozen waterfalls, and memory artifacts that will trigger ordinary citizens of Baltimore guiding them through the more than one acre site.
This site specific AR app will be launched in beta on Dec. 1 and available on the Apple and Google Play store this winter. This is primarily funded by the Saul Zaentz Innovation Fund at Johns Hopkins University Film and Media Center and in collaboration Balt-Virtual an AR firm in Baltimore. NONUMENT artists are Jaimes Mayhew, Lisa Moren [Baltimore] an the Museum of Transitory Art [MoTA] Lubljana Slovenia, Martin Bricelj Baraga and Neja Tomsic.