The Looking Glass, designed by Emma Enderby, The Shed’s chief curator, and Daniel Birnbaum, Acute Art’s artistic director, is a huge exhibition of AR works exhibited in The Shed.
The exhibition’s first chapter, which opened on May 5 in association with Frieze New York, displayed works by artists Cao Fei, KAWS, and Precious Okoyomon.
The works invisible to the naked eye come to life in a visitor’s smartphone when they arrive at the right place. Once caught on the phone’s camera, they appear as real-life as the environment around them.
Precious Okoyomon presented two animated flowers that read poetry. RMB City AR from Cao Fei is a futuristic urban fiction. KAWS’ COMPANION marked its 20th anniversary with a journey to outer space. After returning to Earth, it re-emerged in augmented reality, where its reflective cover responds to its environment. The artworks in The Looking Glass, all visible through the Acute Art app, carry a sense of surprise and wonder through the mix of virtual and physical worlds.
The Shed and Acute Art will expand the show with new works on The Shed’s plaza in the month of July.
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