The Wizardry Of AR Workshop

Special Event
Theater 1–4pm
  • Regular $50
  • Media Center Members $35
In 1901 L. Frank Baum, the author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, imagined a kind of augmented reality (AR), viewed through spectacles, that could indicate specific characteristics about a person invisible to the naked eye. Today, AR allows us to place virtual elements: videos, 3D graphics and audio, into the physical world. These added elements are experienced through smart phones and tablets, providing “mixed reality” experiences that can inform, entertain and educate us.
In this 3 hour workshop Carla Gannis will teach participants how to use AR as an artistic medium. Through hands-on demonstrations using the Blippar AR builder, participants will produce their very own augmented works of art.
1:00pm – 1:30pm – Introduction to Augmented Reality with a brief lecture on its history + viewing some examples of contemporary AR projects.
1:30pm – 2:00pm – How to create Augmented Reality using Blippbuilder Classic, including:
• Uploading assets
• Working in X, Y, Z space
• Animating .jpgs and .pngs
• Working with video
• Adding interactivity (buttons, sounds, links, photo galleries, selfie booths)
2:00pm – 2:15pm – Break
2:15pm – 3:30pm – Building AR Blipps: Participants collect assets, video files, images from online, photos, and audio clips and begin to build their own blips. An image editor like Photoshop is recommended for resizing and collaging photo elements, and shortening video clips.
3:30pm – 4:00pm – Participants present their #AR blipps and we document the experience.
Participants need to:
1 – Download the Blippar app, before class, to their smartphones or tablets 
Download Links: AppleAndroid
2 – Bring laptop with image editing software. (*We'll be working in Blippbuilder, an internet-based platform, however you'll be scaling or collaging the images you use in the image editing software installed on your computer)
*Please note, participants will be working with Blippar AR in demo mode for the workshop. For those who would like to continue to work with the app in the future, they will need to contact Blippar to set up independent accounts.
Concurrent with the workshop, Gannis will be screening a site-specific AR video work on the Made In NY Media Center's 360-degree projection wall, adapted from The Selfie Drawings project. Copies of The Selfie Drawings, an augmented reality artists book comprised of 52 drawings and 52 augments, completed over the span of 2 years, will also be on view. For more info on the project, click here.
About Carla Gannis
Carla Gannis, a Brooklyn-based artist, eclectically explores the domains of “Internet Gothic” cutting and pasting from the threads of networked communication, googleable art history and speculative fiction to produce dark and often humorous explorations of the human condition. Her practice of collage and remix illuminates the potentialities of democratization and alienation in technology. 
Since 2003, Gannis’s work has appeared in numerous solo and group exhibitions both nationally and internationally. Her most recent solo exhibitions include “A Subject Self-Defined“ at Made In NY Media Center, 2016; and “The Garden of Emoji Delights” at Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT 2015. Her work has been featured in press and publications including, The Creators Project, Wired, FastCo, Hyperallergic, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The LA Times, amongst others. Her augmented reality artist book The Selfie Drawings was awarded the Founder's Award from the 2016 Lumen Prize.
Gannis is faculty and the assistant chairperson of The Department of Digital Arts at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York. 

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