Snap! Orlando presents ‘CITY UNSEEN,’ an ongoing public art project with in gallery experiences, exhibitions and permanent installations across Orlando. The project opens artistic borders by launching the city into Augmented Reality [ AR ] experiences, with fusions of works by internationally renowned artists and cutting-edge AR technology. Experiences include murals coming to life, a projection mapping finding permanence into the virtual world, and a teleport bringing the viewer into a 360 degree visit of the artist’s Los Angeles studio. City Unseen is designed to push the artistic boundaries of this new medium to connect Orlando to a global conversation about how to use emerging technology to create higher forms of art and educational experiences.
‘We are living in a time when fixed notions have been lost and new possibilities are on the horizon. My work attempts to trap the mutable state of things where paradigms shift, boundaries erode and particles collide. My work is also fusion of my background and the unique cities in which I have lived. San Francisco’s earthquakes, Miami’s hurricanes, New Orleans’ weakened levees, Venice’s rising lagoon and New York during 9/11, have left indelible impressions on me of the vulnerability and resiliency of life in the big city. ’ ~ Felice Grodin [Miami multi-disciplinary artist]. Felice holds a Master of Architecture with Distinction from Harvard University School of Design, Cambridge, MA. She created the permanent AR installation at the Perez Art Museum in Miami, in 2017..
Nancy Baker Cahill is a Los Angeles based multi-disciplinary artist. The ‘Nancy Baker Cahill Studio’ mixed reality / augmented reality experience allows you to be teleported into her Los Angeles studio, for you to enjoy her distinct drawings display, and explore her work setting.
Turkish visual artist Can Büyükberber works on immersive audiovisual experiences blurring boundaries between physical and digital spaces. His practice consists of experiments with virtual and augmented reality, projection mapping, large-scale displays and digital fabrication. Driven by an interdisciplinary thinking which extends to art, design and science, his work focuses on human perception, exploring new methods for non-linear narratives and emergent forms.
Inside Out is a global, participatory art project initiated by the award-winning artist JR to pay tribute to the power of individuals. JR portrays the importance of each community member’s role in their area by displaying their portraits together in public spaces around the world. The Inside Out / Dreamers project was installed on a parking lot wall in November 2017, and was washed away in January 2018. CITY Unseen brings the Inside Out mural back to life in AR, including videos of interviews with three DACA students telling their story.
In 2014, Snap! Space commissioned German artist Mark Gmehling to create a 5 story mural behind the gallery. The mural became a landmark in the City. Unfortunately, the adjacent building suffered water damage, and repair was done on the wall. Mark Gmehling’s iconic mural is now coming back to life in Augmented Reality 3D.
Synthestruct is the interactive, audiovisual design project of Orlando artist Ginger Leigh. Leigh specializes in audio reactive visual art and interactive installations.
She studied Digital Media at the University of Central Florida, and was previously an Associate Course Director at Full Sail University.
Depeña explores the combination of traditional mediums such as drawing and painting, with contemporary uses of technology in artwork, like the use of light projection and video, or audience interactivity. “What holds my attention is the more elusive moment of “fusion” when developing my work and installations. It is the instance where different forms of creative thought, production and exhibition are indistinguishable from one another, that I find rewarding. I am constantly in search of the harmonic moment in my work when the various disciplines I pursue come together seamlessly.” Ivan Toth Depeña has a Master’s in Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.
Gerstein began in the mainstream film industry in Los Angeles, as a film editor on feature films and television series from major Hollywood studios and television networks. He later branched out to academia, where he has written and directed narrative and experimental films that have exhibited in over thirty international film festivals. His current work has moved beyond the convention of film as an image on a screen to the intersection of motion picture, the still frame, and the third dimension in a gallery setting. His current work explores emotional attachments and fissures within contemporary family life, and their tenuous connection to a collective memory of trauma across generations.
Marc-O-Matic is the moniker of Marco Matic Ryan, a multi-disciplinary artist located in Victoria, Australia. Marco has been pioneering a unique fusion between traditional illustrative art techniques, mediums and aesthetics with Immersive Augmented and Virtual Reality technologies, bringing otherwise static artworks to life and into our reality.
See Matthew Swenson’s Augmented Reality visual interpretation of Andy Warhol’s ‘Silver Clouds’. Los Angeles based artist Swenson utilizes digital art as a means of exploring the contemporary human experience.
Dengke Chen has a BFA in Animation from the China Central Academy of Fine Arts and an MFA in New Media from Pennsylvania State University. He is now an Assistant Professor of Digital Arts at Stetson University. Chen creates digital AR installations depicting the impact of the environmental degradation on our civilized world and the consequences and byproduct of it.
Invisible Instruments, a collaborative project between new media artist Matt Roberts and poet Terri Witek, is an installation comprised of a digital microscope and custom video mapping software, which lets participants project microscopic parts of themselves coupled with short poetic text onto large architectural spaces. Matt Roberts is a digital artist and photographer specializing in real-time video performance and new media applications. Roberts has been shown internationally in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Italy, Mexico, Taiwan, as well as nationally in New York, San Francisco, Miami, and Chicago. Terri Witek is a US poet with a visual media bent, specializing in cross-disciplinary ephemeral collaborations, and is the author of 6 books of poems.