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Tech & Science Augmented reality takes Darwin art off the walls and into the streets

11:55  11 september  2019
11:55  11 september  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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For the past three years, the Darwin Street Art Festival has enlivened the city's derelict laneways. This year, those artworks are coming to life, thanks to an augmented - reality app that transforms static images into three-dimensional animations.

Augmented reality (AR) is an interactive experience of a real -world environment where the objects that reside in the real -world are enhanced by computer-generated perceptual information

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Elsewhere, two enormous snakes look like they're floating in mid-air, twisting and turning around each other's body, as city workers capture the extraordinary scene with their cameras.

The creatures, of course, are not real; they're augmented reality experiences created as part of this year's Darwin Street Art Festival.

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Artist statement: "Will ' augmented ' virtual graffiti be the future? Will it lead to a situation in which everybody takes control of their own surrounding And it's up to anyone to see the wall including the graffiti, or without. But that might not be the feature real graffiti artist will find most attractive."

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The incorporation of augmented reality [AR] in this year's event has created an entirely new experience for the many visitors wandering along the laneways.

Augmented reality takes Darwin art off the walls and into the streets © ABC NEWS Darwin Street Art Festival app By downloading a free app, viewers can use their phone or tablet as a magic window that converts three of the festival's murals into three-dimensional animations.

"You can point your phone at [the murals] and they will just come to life," the festival's creative producer David Collins said.

"There are all these joyful noises and surprises coming out of kids and adults as they give [augmented reality] a go."

The technology creates a powerful experience for viewers, according to street artist Polly Johnstone, whose giant mural of a girl reading a book has been animated into an AR experience.

"People are blown away," Ms Johnstone said.

"There's people up and down this lane all day taking photos."

One of those passers-by was Wendy Bury.

"It's eye-catching and very interesting," she said after trying AR for the first time.

Tourist Sue Logie was also impressed with the immersive adaptation of the murals.

"A static display is fantastic in itself, but this is an added dimension. It's really good."

Local and international street artists will continue painting murals in Austin Lane and West Lane until the festival concludes on September 15.

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