This video was a key piece in a site-specific installation that combined video, sound, and an interactive, augmented reality iPhone application.
Much as explorers once discovered cave paintings by casting the light of a torch on the walls, visitors to the Bouldering Cave where this piece was installed discovered an invisible reality with the sweep of an iPhone. I used an augmented reality iPhone application called Layar to place 2D cave paintings in virtual space. The cave paintings were only visible with the use of the Layar app on an iPhone. Users holding an iPhone could point its camera around the room and the screen would display a variety of images not visible to the human eye. To design and place the images, I used third-party software called Hoppala Augmentation which allows users to place files at exact GPS coordinates.
My installation also featured the video above, projected from the top of the bouldering walls. This video neatly summarizes the concept behind the installation by providing users with instructions for interaction, creating an immersive experience, and relating to larger philosophical questions of reality and virtual reality, also suggested by the virtual cave paintings and the collision of the ancient and the modern within the space.