The Oyster City team has been granted a 2013 Swing Space residency on Governor’s Island by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Oyster City, an AR walking tour and game, is a project by Rachel Stevens, Phoenix Toews and me. We are excited to have a studio on Governor’s Island since a large part of our project takes place there. In addition to LMCC’s studio spaces, the Island is also home to an oyster hatchery and nursery run by The NY Harbor School, a marine-science based public school focused on the health of the local waterways. The school’s nursery plays a significant role in helping the Oyster Restoration Research Partnership restore the harbor’s oyster population.
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Image of CATT at the Scope Art Fair, Miami 2012. CATT is an AR iPhone/iPad app made by digital arts graduate students at Pratt in collaboration with Augmented Mountain (Phoenix Toews, Mitch Miller and me).
I will be holding down the fort at our booth in the Scope pavilion Dec. 5-9 in Miami, 2012. I will be there with Mitch Miller representing Outer Spaces, an augmented reality media production house, a collaboration between Augmented Mountain and Scope. Augmented Mountain is a media company run by Phoenix Toews, Mitch Miller and me, Meredith Drum.
Here is our AR mini oyster museum, Desert Oyster, in the New Mexico desert. Desert Oyster is an off-shoot of Oyster City. Created specifically for ISEA2012 Albuquerque, Desert Oyster was made by Rachel Stevens and me, Meredith, using Palimpsest, an AR tool kit developed by Phoenix Toews.
I am happy to report that I received a 2012 distribution grant for Louisiana Re-storied through the wonderful Free103point9, as a re-grant from the NY State Council on the Arts. Thank you Free103! Here is the link to their news page:
The Oyster City team (Meredith Drum, Rachel Stevens, Phoenix Toews) has been invited to present an iteration of our project as an artist talk at ISEA2012 Machine Wilderness in Albuquerque, New Mexico, 21 September 2012. We will also show the version as part of ISEA’s downtown block party on Sunday, Sept. 23rd. Let me know if you will also be at ISEA.
In late March 2012, Rachel Stevens presented our collaborative project Oyster City at the i-Docs Interactive Documentary Symposium in Bristol, UK at the Watershed Media Center. Thanks to Rachel for traveling with the project. Above is an image of Rachel looking at the Hudson as a virtual PCB molecule and a GE symbol float down the river.
A collaboration that I am working on with Mitch Miller and Phoenix Toews, Augmented Mountain, released a new version of our Pyrite app in conjunction with the Scope Art Fair in New York City, March 7-11. You can visit our website: augmentedmountain.com. The app is a free download on the app store. Check it out! http://tinyurl.com/PyriteApp
Pyrite is a new augmented reality mash-up game created by my collaborative Augmented Mountain (Mitch Miller, Phoenix Toews, Meredith Drum). We released the game as a technological partnership with the Scope Art Fair, Miami 4-9, 2011. Above is a video taken of someone playing the game at Scope Miami.
My collaborators and I presented a prototype of Oyster City in October in NYC. To see documents of the prototype visit our Flickr set. We also presented a workshop at the New School as part of the MobilityShifts: International Future of Learning Summit. We were pleased to be part of this summit, a week of events exploring digital fluencies in a mobile world and nontraditional learning opportunities outside of schools and universities. Oyster City is a game and walking tour enabled by an augmented reality browser developed for the iPhone/iPad. The piece makes visible social, political, ecological and gastronomic histories of oysters in lower Manhattan and New York Harbor. Our project provides an active experience for the user/player/reader/actor and a meaningful place-based tool for learning. During the workshop we discussed investigative research of local spaces and then together sketched design-narratives and ergodic structures to make hidden histories visible. The Oyster City team is Meredith Drum, Rachel Stevens and Phoenix Toews. Read more about our MobilityShifts workshop here.