The Spaces We AR: St Henri

“… 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 all are the effects on cohesion, battered by the creation of atomised enclaves of private space which displace social problems into neighbouring districts. This process enhances the ‘hot spot’/‘cold spot’ pattern which is already an entrenched part of the urban landscape” (The Privatisation of Public Space, Anna Minton).

Saint-Henri: Overview

The alarming escalation of condo developments in Montreal has begun to gut the cultural and social infrastructure of the city. Such developments cater to a small niche of the population with no clear philosophy by its developers or city politicians as to their impact on neighbourhoods and the city.

Saint Henri: Objectives

Through a new technological process called augmented reality (AR) we can in fact insert our expressions (visual and vocal) onto the spaces being occupied by condo developers. AR allows us the ability to insert multi-media based interventions onto the specific geo-locations of the existing condos, future developments and the offices of the condo developers themselves.

AR (interactive) Map

Online Map for those without smart devices (smart phones, iPad, tablets), displaying artists’ work and the locations they are pinned to | Carte en ligne pour les personnes sans dispositifs intelligents (smartphones, iPad, tablettes), affichant le travail artistes et les lieux où ils sont épinglés pour. On the Map below: Use the arrow key at the bottom right side to navigate through…