Illuminate Adelaide: Augmented Revolution

Monkeystack were asked to produce a spatial narrative app experience with augmented reality (AR) that brought the work of contemporary First Nations artists to life for Illuminate Adelaide: South Australia’s premier winter event that brings together the best and boldest in art, music, technology and invention from around Australia and the world.

The inaugural ‘Augmented Revolution’ AR trail featured six artworks across two Adelaide CBD locations throughout the duration of the festival. Each site hosted three physical pillars with QR codes to download the app to iOS and Android devices and unique in-app scannable codes that trigger each artwork with precise positioning based upon ground detection.

While using the app, users could locate and navigate each artwork through an interactive map, capture snapshots and live screen recordings of their device screen, and explore artist bios and artwork synopses of contemporary First Nations artists Carly Tarkari Dodd, Jaydenlee Tong, and Temaana Yundu Sanderson-Bromley, as curated by Dearna Newchurch.

Augmented Revolution was selected for the regional program of Illuminate Adelaide ‘River Lights’ in Mannum, South Australia Riverlands. We updated the app to suit ‘off-site’ requirements, providing a portable and accessible experience to a wider audience outside of Adelaide CBD.

Augmented Revolution featured within Illuminate Adelaide City Lights; Adelaide’s biggest free program of art, light and technology that turns its most iconic urban landscapes into a high-tech playground of colour and sound. City Lights is supported by Adelaide Economic Development Agency and City of Adelaide.

The River Lights initiative is supported by the State Government through the South Australian Tourism Commission, in partnership with the Mid-Murray Council and award-winning artists, with the aim to encourage locals and visitors to ‘rise up’ for the mighty Murray River this winter.

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