Last month we talked about a collaborative augmented reality (AR) exhibition between the Frieze New York and The Shed in Hudson Yards. Under the name of “The Looking Glass”, and curated by artistic director Daniel Birnbaum and The Shed’s chief curator Emma Enderby, the exhibition showcased the artwork of three artists: Kaws, Cao Fei and Precious Okoyomon, who was the winner of Frieze Artist Award 2021.
This was actually only just a teaser of what was coming up. Now, Birnbaum, Enderby ㅡchief curator of the Shedㅡ and third curator Cecilia Alemani ㅡdirector and chief curator of High Line Artㅡ are inviting us to a sculpture hunt in augmented reality.
“The Looking Glass” is inspired by a previous Acute Art show called “Unreal City”, which took place in the South Bank of London during 2020. Because of the pandemic, “Unreal City” had to be adapted to be seen from a computer screen at home. Fortunately, “The Looking Glass” does not face that problem thanks to New York’s ending COVID-19 State.
To enjoy this collaborative exhibition all you have to do is download the app Acute Art. It will allow you to scan the QR code placed in the sculpture’s location and through your screen you’ll be able to admire the artwork. Keep your sound on for some of the sculptures!
The augmented reality hunt will start tomorrow until August 29th, in the Shed and High Line’s surroundings. Beside the artists featured in the March’s teaser edition, the upcoming exhibition will include artwork of Olafur Eliasson, Nina Chanel Abney, Koo Jeong A, Julie Curtiss, Bjarne Melgaard, Darren Bader and Alicja Kwade.
Among the augmented reality artwork, you’ll be able to appreciate:
- Chanel Abney, “Imaginary Friend”
- Eliasson, series collection “Wunderkammer”
- Kaws, “COMPANION 2020 EXPANDED”
- Two giant spiders created by Argentine artist Tomás Saraceno
- Darren Bader, “Love”
- Okoyomon, “Ultra Light Beams of Love”