Inside the Square_DARt Collective

Dunedin AR Art  Collective_August 2012 Exhibition_None Gallery_DunedinNone Gallery, Dunedin 2nd – 5th August: DARt Collective present new experimental work with Augmented Reality technology.

The exhibition entitled “Inside the Square” featured a series of work enabling the audience to engage and experiment with a merging of iconography and electronic culture.The show explored the idea of product function with emphasis on the role of a device. Check out the DARt collective website for video and images from the exhibition

DiscovAR™: On Sale December 2011

An augmented reality (AR) application to help you explore places and DiscovAR™ the unseen.

DiscovAR™ is a visual and chronological reference about places and people of note within Dunedin’s heritage, arts and culture. Like a window through time, you can view your surroundings, overlaid with photographs, video and audio narratives that tell the story of our human endeavor. DiscovAR™ mode includes:-

  • AR navigation tools to help you locate, orientate and find your way around.
  • Interactive AR markers enable you to identify and access stories surrounding a landmark.
  • More than 450 different media items to delight, confound and inform.

From the early settler days of the 1840′s, through economic highs and war worried lows, see the rapid transformation of a city flush with Gold as told by it’s architecture and bear witness to modern feats of construction as well as demolition.

In some places the past melds nicely with the present while in many places it is difficult to recognise your location the way it once was. Relish the challenge of merging time and place and explore Dunedin at your own leisure, 24/7:-

  • Save time, search for locations and landmarks based on your interests and location
  • Save your mobile data allowance, tap into the free wireless hot spots available at selected locations.
  • Save and share the information you DiscovAR™.

Come visit, play & enjoy!

iD Dunedin Fashion Inc.

iD Dunedin Fashion Week is a magical week of thrills and excitement dedicated to fashion and design. Each year Dunedin city comes alive to celebrate its distinct style, fashion identity and industry. The 2012 iD Dunedin Fashion Week will take place from 27 March – 1 April 2012.

The week includes both ticketed and free events which are targeted at the public, established and emerging designers and the media. The two major events during the week are the iD International Emerging Designer Awards, an international fashion design competition, and the iD Dunedin Fashion Show held at the iconic Dunedin Railway Station.

Hit Lab NZ

HitLab NZThe HIT Lab NZ at the University of Canterbury is a leading center for Human Interface Technology, and Augmented Reality development and research. More than 40 staff and students are conducting research in a wide range of areas including Visualization, Next Generation Teleconferencing, Augmented Reality and Interaction Design. Augmented Reality (AR) is a new technology that allows virtual imagery to be seamlessly blended with live views of the real world. With the growth in high performance smart phones, AR technology can now be delivered on mobile devices. So mobile phones can now provides a leading edge platform for today’s media artists to create and disseminate new forms of mobile AR art work. See

The Future | Augmented Reality Cities

The May 14 edition of New Scientist magazine has listed Augmented Reality Cities as one of “Seven technologies to disrupt the next decade”.

The article discussing future technology ideas, concepts and gadgets that are set to shake things up had this to say about AR:-

“…AR is about to create a new layer over the cityscape by adding graphical information from apps and the internet onto objects in your field-of-view as you peer around. The cameras and enhanced glasses needed for AR are getting smaller, smarter and better designed, and may soon transform how we experience the space and objects around us…overall AR is likely to allow us to navigate through a richer, more vibrant world…”

Clearly this puts Dunedin City and the DiscovAR project at the leading edge of this future technology, something which our talented people, contributors and the New Zealand community can be proud of. The future is upon us.

Forsyth Barr Stadium

Firsyth Barr Stadium_Dunedin New Zealand Location for DiscovAR Augmented Reality Expereince

With the capacity for 30,000 avid fans, Forsyth Barr Stadium is New Zealand’s largest indoor arena and the only fully-roofed, natural turf stadium.

The multi-purpose facility is Dunedin’s major sporting and events venue, capable of hosting a wide range of music, entertainment, cultural and sporting events, conferences and meetings.

Ensuring the experience for spectators, players and performers will be enjoyable regardless of the weather outside, the fixed, transparent ETFE roof keeps the temperature inside the Stadium between 3-4 degrees warmer in summer and 2-3 degrees warmer in winter.

For more information please phone 03 479 2823, visit or email

Augmented Reality Arts: A guide to existing and upcoming exhibitions

Dunedin AR Arts Collaborative: Investigating new ways of working

Over the past nine months we have investigated the new ways that mobile AR technology has been applied to engage new audiences with augmented reality art experiences.  The following is a collection of artists and exhibitions that inform our work with the Dunedin AR Arts collaborative.

The PVI Collective ~ Transumer 17th Biennale of Sydney 2010 | Transumer by tactile media arts group PVI Collective presents important elements of AR art in terms of the use of – interactivity, space, time and archive – to provoke thought, ideas and challenge peoples perception of and relationship with urban spaces.

Using an iPhone and custom application the PVI Collective encouraged participants to ‘go F!*@k it up’ enabling participants to ‘tag’ information and ideas to a GPS location in an urban space.

The work was developed in collaboration with the HITLab NZ using state of the art interface technology and the expertise of their world-leading researchers.

AR Arts: The champions of an emerging art form

HITLab NZ have experience supporting and working with a number of  artists on AR works,  also including:

  • October 2005: Gavin Bishop and the Giant Jimmy Jones, AR Book
  • February 2011: Lynette Wallworth ~ The Transit of Venus, Adelaide Film Festival

HIT Lab NZ are supporting our work with The Dunedin AR Arts Collaborative towards a premiere outdoor AR Arts Exhibition for Dunedin City.

Pablo Valbuena began layering projected realities onto objects with his Augmented Sculpture in 2007 his works setting the stage for the growing range of AR Art works that are now emerging.

Helen Papagiannis is a designer, researcher and artist specializing in Augmented Reality (AR). In her recent Ted Talk she presents the strong case for developing experiences, highlighting the user experience and the sense of wonderment that the combination of art and technology can create.

Manifest.AR  | Cyber artists innovating and leading in the world of augmented reality arts

weAReinMOMA, AR Arts October 2010 ManifestAR They recently encapsulated their philosophy into the AR Art Manifesto. AR Art exhibitions have included:-

Follow their growing list of AR Art works @

Virtual Public Art Project | VPAP gave the world the first mobile AR outdoor art experience

Having exhibited temporary AR Art works amongst the Bushwick and MOMA projects their ongoing works include:

You can follow their growing collection of works at

BiggAR, the worlds largest interactive sculpture created by Sander Veenhof was launched on November 18th of 2010 at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Sander Veenhof a founding member of the cyberartisit group Manifest.AR, developed the art work comprised of almost 7.5 billion floating virtual blocks.

The blocks are moving away from the planet at at metre a day and will eventually disappear from sight yet until such time the interactive nature of the suspended boxes allows people to change the color ~ red yellow or blue ~ of the all blocks around the planet, simultaneously.

Truly expanding the limits of an arts audience the sculpture has currently been viewed in 111 countries. Search out Biggar using the Layar browser or check out the Biggar web presence to learn more.

COMING SOON | The Australian Centre of Visual Arts is seeking submissions for Australia’s first outdoor mobile 3D augmented reality art show to be staged in locations in Sydney and Melbourne. Check out the website below for submission details, the provisional deadline is 25 March. Get amongst!

City Walks | Athol Parks

City Walks Dunedin NZ

Quality guided heritage walks through Dunedin’s Old Town and University quarters.

City Walks is a small enterprise with an important mission: to share with you the essence of this charming little city that is Dunedin. We have a maximum group size of 10 people, to ensure that the time you spend with us is special.  For more information and to make a booking please visit:-

20 Princes Street
Dunedin i-SITE Visitor Centre
New Zealand

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DiscovAR v 1.0.0 | Watch how it works.