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Saturday Talks: Alex Boyes on Augmented Architecture


Alex Boyes, Producer, Augmented Architecture, leads a tour of the Augmented Architechture installation. BSL interpretation is available on request for all our Saturday Talks. Visit our BSL page for more information.

Danish artist Jakob Kudsk Steensen has been selected from over 350 entrants following a global open call to creative practitioners to propose new architectures and complex or unbuildable structures which imagine new futures of the city and possibilities of the urban landscape. This inaugural Serpentine commission, in collaboration with Google Arts & Culture will be available to be experienced in augmented reality at the Serpentine Galleries over the summer months, alongside the 2019 annual architecture Pavilion.

Kudsk Steensen’s commission, The Deep Listener, explores themes of extinction, preservation, and the emergence of new ecological realities. It takes as a starting point the ecosystems and the life in Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park, the areas surrounding the Serpentine Galleries – and some of London’s greenest spaces. Kudsk Steensen’s spatial exploration in augmented reality will take as its foundation the exploration of contemporary links between air pollutants, trees and declining bird and insect populations within parks and further afield across London. 

The resulting virtual landscape will allow visitors to experience the complex ecological arrangements in which humans exist through the use of augmented reality. Visitors will encounter glimpses into the ecological assemblages that bind human and non-humans together. The experience begins at the Serpentine Galleries and continues with a walk through the park, guided by The Deep Listener app.

In a new form of storytelling, Kudsk Steensen’s practice of developing digital worlds proposes new possibilities through an interdisciplinary engagement with emerging technologies, in light of our current environment emergency.

Serpentine Augmented Architecture is a pioneering digital commission for new forms of architecture developed in augmented reality in collaboration with Google Arts & Culture and Sir David Adjaye OBE. Exploring the potential of AR, an emerging tool and medium, to transform our spatial, social and structural experience of the city now and in the future.

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Serpentine Gallery 10 Aug 2019 - 3:00 PM Saturday Talks: Alex Boyes on Augmented Architecture

Sat 10 Aug 2019, 09:00

Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, W2 3XA · view on map

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