Augmented Time Event Launch
The CED community is cordially invited to the launch event on Thursday, October 24, from 5-6 p.m.
The exhibition will be open to the public on October 24 – December 15, 2019
BAMPFA AR—Augmented Time explores new modes of narrative and storytelling using augmented reality as a medium. The project unfolds the history of the new BAMPFA, from the building’s inauguration in 1940 as the university printing press, to an abandoned structure covered with graffiti by local artists, to its transformation into a contemporary cultural hub. A narrator guides the user through an augmented timeline, following the history of the construction of the museum. The AR experience further renders visible hidden narratives such as the building’s role during World War II, the architecture concepts behind Diller Scofidio + Renfro design, and the workers who built the building.
The project overlays multimodal digital media over physical artifacts. These include a large-scale model acting as an augmented reality canvas, and the building fabric itself. BAMPFA AR—Augmented Time explores the potential of AR as a device to store the past and a platform to harvest the future, a living record that embodies the built space in its continuing collection of events and narratives.
Funded by the Arts + Design Initiative and the FHL HTC Vive Center Seed Grant.
Luisa Caldas is a Professor in the Department of Architecture at the College of Environmental Design of UC Berkeley and Director of the XR Lab.