DAY for NIGHT: The Augmented City
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The AUGMENTED CITY is made up of multiple STORY MARKERS, which are also associated with the DAY for NIGHT narrative and located throughout the city of Grand Rapids.

Some of these markers are site-specific to the location, consisting of landmarks, architectural structures and designs such as the mural found across from Fed Galleries or the Blue Bridge. Others consist of non-site-specific elements such as street signs and can be triggered anywhere throughout the city.

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Object File #02, Democracy of Objects Project, Naccarato, 2014
Object File #01, Democracy of Objects Project, Naccarato, 2014

On one of my many ritual walks around the St. Henri hood (Sud-Ouest, Montreal), I’d come across an array of objects scattered along the streets, alleyways or in someone’s backyard. Some of these objects were still intact and recognizable, while others were in the process of partial decay – still hinting as to their past purpose.

And there were still others which had been busted up so bad – removed from their original material body, that their physical presence had become a sort of abstracted entity onto themselves. However, what all these objects seemed to have common, was that they had been either rejected, lost, or left behind – their purpose served?

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A group of 42 artists including myself took up the call by organizers/artists – Mark Skwarek from New York and Sander Veenhof from the Netherlands, to create an (AR) Augmented Reality Intervention on the MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) in NYC on October 29, 2010… website The experimental exhibition was part of the Conflux Festival, the annual […]

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The Spaces We AR (St Henri)
Blog: CMP (Canada Malting Plant) | Saint-Henri (le Sud-Ouest), Montreal | Photo 2013 | John Naccarato

“… the privatisation of the public realm, through the growth of ‘private-public’ space, produces over controlled, sterile places which lack connection to the reality and diversity of the local environment, with the result that they all tend to look the same. They also raise serious questions about democracy and accountability. But perhaps most worrying of […]

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