Three Jamaican artists are featured in the sixth edition of the Bolivia Biennial of Art (BAU) through a partnership with mARTadero and Kingston Creative. Murals located in Water Lane, Downtown Kingston are being exhibited in the streets of Cochabamba, Bolivia, enhanced with Augmented Reality technology.
The murals, created by Charl Baker, Lifechild and Alphanso Blake have been reproduced and mounted on buildings in Plaza del Granado, and viewers can use the mobile app ‘Artivive’ to view the augmented reality features designed by Jamaican digital artist Kianne Hutchinson. Through the use of the digital application, the public can observe the art differently. The additional features on each artwork range from music and audio files with data on the subject of a mural, for example, to film and audiovisuals or expansion and movement of the painting on the screen.
“This version of the BAU showcases the expansion and hybridization of art in the real world to the virtual with the use of mobile phones. To do this, different artistic pieces will be exhibited during December and January so that they can be activated towards an “Augmented Reality”, explained Fernando García, the Director of the mARTadero project.
Andrea Dempster Chung, Cofounder and Executive Director of Kingston Creative commented, “This international partnership with mARTadero creates a great opportunity for the talent of Jamaican artists to be viewed by a global audience. It also showcases the progress we are making on “CreaTech”, where local artists are now exploring what happens when we merge creativity and technology.”
Photos: Brian Calvi