[ISEA2022] Paper: Tiago Martins, Christa Sommerer & Laurent Mignonneau — AR[t]chive: Augmented Reality Experience for a Digital Art Archive


Second Summit on New Media Art Archiving
June 11, MACBA – Convent dels Àngels. Long paper.

Keywords: augmented reality, mixed reality, digital archive, information visualization, interactive art

AR[t]chive is an experience of exploring a digital archive in augmented reality, designed as a research tool around the Archive of Digital Art. Content is arranged as virtual elements in real space. Visitors may interact with these using their hands, create mind-maps and simple compositions.

This paper introduces an immersive augmented reality (AR) experience of interactively exploring a digital archive. AR[t]chive is being designed for an exhibition context but also to serve as a research tool, around the content of the Archive of Digital Art (ADA). Archive contents are presented as virtual elements arranged in real space. Users are able to walk among these, manipulate them directly using their hands and use virtual tools to create compositions in 3D space. This work is part of a larger collaboration and represents an exploration of future-facing ways to access and utilize ADA, but can also inspire work on other digital archives. The paper outlines the design of the interactive experience, including the different considerations taken. This is followed by a description of the current implementation, which constitutes work in progress. To conclude, we offer a brief outlook and future directions.

  • Tiago Martins (PT) is a researcher and creative technologist working at the intersection of art, interaction design and game design. Coming from an academic background in Computer Science at the New University of Lisbon (Portugal), Tiago later expanded upon his interest in interactive media at the University of Art and Design in Linz (Austria), where he obtained a PhD from Interface Cultures. Tiago has taken an active part in innovation-oriented projects taking place in different environments and institutions, including the University of Art in Berlin (UDK) and the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI). He is currently researching and teaching mixed-reality applications at his alma mater in Linz. https://cdv.dei.uc.pt/authors/tiago-martins
  • Christa Sommerer (AT) & Laurent Mignonneau (FR) are internationally renowned media artists working in the field of interactive computer installation. They are Professors at the University of Art and Design in Linz Austria where they head the Department for Interface Culture at the Institute for Media. Sommerer and Mignonneau previously held positions as Professors at the IAMAS International Academy of Media Arts and Sciences in Gifu, Japan and as Researchers and Artistic Directors at the ATR Media Integration and Communications Research Lab in Kyoto Japan. They also were Visiting Researchers at the MIT CAVS in Cambridge US, the Beckmann Institute in Champaign Urbana, IL, USA and the NTT-InterCommunication Center in Tokyo. http://www.interface.ufg.ac.at/christa-laurent