‘Hi! I’m happy you’re here!’ is an augmented reality sculpture, which exists as an app you can download and view on your smart-phone or tablet device. By taking a photo of a target image the app allows you to view and circumnavigate the sculpture in real-time.
The sculpture is a continually morphing screen-like object embedded with a video of people continually smiling, waving and greeting you. They’re happy you’re here.
The app gives you instructions and advice on how to set a target to tether the sculpture to, even giving you real-time feedback on the quality of your target image in the form of a three star rating. It’s often easiest to use a magazine in a well-lit environment.
This app also allows you to take pictures of the sculpture in situ and share the images on social media. These images show up here on this page so people can see where the sculpture has been and who it’s been with. So strike a pose next to the sculpture and show your friends you’re happy you’re here too!
‘Hi! I’m happy you’re here!’ is supported by Arts Council England and was launched at an academic symposium at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. Titled, ‘Until Recently I Only Had A Voice’, the event was part of the David Lean public lecture series for the Royal Academy Schools and was organized by Adham Faramawy and Cécile B. Evans.
For more information on this event, click here.To download the app onto your smart-phone or tablet device click here.