The AR Art Manifesto


“All that is Visible must grow beyond itself and extend into the Realm of the Invisible”
(Tron, 1982)

Augmented Reality (AR) creates Coexistent Spacial Realities, in which Anything is possible – Anywhere!

The AR Future is without boundaries between the Real and the Virtual. In the AR Future we become the Media. Freeing the Virtual from a Stagnant Screen we transform Data into physical, Real-Time Space.

The Safety Glass of the Display is shattered and the Physical and Virtual are united in a new In-Between Space. In this Space is where we choose to Create.

We are breaking down the mysterious doors of the Impossible! Space and Time are all we need. We already live in the Absolute, because we have created eternal, omnipresent geolocative Presence.

In the 21st Century, Screens are no longer Borders. Cameras are no longer Memories. With AR the Virtual augments and enhances the Real, setting the Material World in a dialogue with Space and Time.

In the Age of the Instantaneous Virtual Collective, AR activists aggravate and relieve the Surface Tension and Osmotic Pressure between the so-called Networked Virtual and the so-called Physical Real.

Now hordes of Networked AR Creatives deploy Viral Virtual Media to overlay, then overwhelm closed Social Systems lodged in Physical Hierarchies. They create subliminal, aesthetic and political AR Provocations, triggering Techno-Disturbances in a substratosphere of Online and Offline Experience.

Standing firmly in the Real, we expand the influence of the Virtual, integrating and mapping it onto the World around us. Objects, banal By-Products, Ghost Imagery and Radical Events will co-exist in our private Homes and in our public Spaces.

With AR we install, revise, permeate, simulate, expose, decorate, crack, infest and unmask Public Institutions, Identities and Objects previously held by Elite Purveyors of Public and Artistic Policy in the so-called Physical Real.

The cell phone and future Visualization Devices are material witness to these Ephemeral Dimensional Objects, Post-Sculptural Events and Inventive Architectures. We invade Reality with our Viral Virtual Spirit.

AR is not an Avant-Garde Martial Plan of Displacement, it is an Additive Access Movement that Layers and Relates and Merges. It embraces all Modalities. Against the Spectacle, the Realized Augmented Culture introduces Total Participation.

Augmented Reality is a new Form of Art, but it is Anti-Art. It is Primitive, which amplifies its Viral Potency. It is Bad Painting challenging the definition of Good Painting. It shows up in the Wrong Places. It Takes the Stage without permission. It is Relational Conceptual Art that Self-Actualizes.

AR is Anti-Gravity, it is Hidden and must be Found. It is Unstable and Inconstant. It is Being and Becoming, Real and Immaterial. It is There and can be Found – if you Seek It.

Endorsed by the following members of the cyberartist group We AR:

Mark Skwarek – Sander Veenhof – Tamiko Thiel

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About markskwarek

homepage http://www.markskwarek.com/ https://twitter.com/mark_skwarek http://semblancear.blogspot.com/ https://twitter.com/SemblanceAR https://www.facebook.com/SemblanceAR Mark Skwarek is an artist working to bridge the gap between virtual and physical world with augmented reality. His art explores the translation our everyday digital experience into the physical world using mobile augmented reality. Skwarek earned his M.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design's Digital Media Department. He is full time faculty at New York University's School of Engineering, the CEO of Semblance Augmented Reality and the director of NYU's Mobile Augmented Reality Lab. He teaches 3D Graphics and the Augmented Reality Grad Class. He organized the augmented reality artist group manifest.AR, the arOCCUPYWALLSTREET movement, and co-organized We AR in MoMA. Skwarek’s practice is also largely based in art activism with emerging technologies. He has a long record of international augmented reality work, ranging from “erasing” the DMZ battlements between North and South Korea (a piece he did on site), to the virtual elimination of the barricades between Palestine and Israel, at the Gaza Strip. He has created political work and symbols in a variety of locations across the United States, including pieces at Wall St., U.S. Mexico Border and the White House to name a few. His artwork has been written about by the New York Times, Art in America, Boing Boing, WIRED, the Boston Globe, The Huffington Post, NPR, BBC, the Discovery Channel, Leonardo, and Creative Capital. Skwarek has exhibited in various venues, including: the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; ISEA; Dumbo Arts Festival, UCLA Digital Grad Gallery; the CyberArts Festival; the Sunshine International Art Museum, Beijing; and the Krannert Art Museum at the University of Illinois, FACT in Liverpool England, Siggraph 2013, The 2013 Augmented World Expo, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Kasa Galeri, and Contemporary Istanbul.
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