An innovative, interactive digital art exhibition using augmented reality.
Exploring the true stories of World War One through paint, animation, music, and poetry; the exhibition is brought to life with performances by actors including Sean Bean, Charlotte Riley, Vicky McClure, Christopher Eccleston, Stephen Graham, and Sophie Okonedo.
It starts on Monday 11 November, Armistice Day, until Wednesday 11 December at the UK:DRIC exhibition space on the first floor of the Eastgate Shopping Centre.
The collection consists of ten paintings, all of which integrated digital imagery, music and augmented reality into the work. Many of the paintings in the collection were inspired by poems from the First World War’s most highly regarded poets, including John McCrae, Siegfried Sassoon, Wilfred Owen and Rupert Brooke, as well as contemporary poet John Agard and Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy. Other paintings were inspired by “everyman” stories and memoires, such as the last letter written by a young British soldier on the eve of the Battle of the Somme.
Through the use of the app Artivive, visitors can use their own personal devices, to interact with the soldiers’experiences. Whilst the paintings appear conventional at first glance, the augmented reality technology allows the viewer to unlock hidden depths by digitally stripping away the countless layers of paint to unlock the creative journey of each painting and see the Great War reimagined.
Marc and Scarlett use traditional stop motion animation to capture every daub of paint as it is added to the canvas. This is then integrated with the narration, archive film, photography and music, resulting in an emotional impact that has brought audiences to tears.