Augmented Reality

Augmented reality is an emerging technology that permits users to see media embedded in physical objects or linked to specific locations in the real world. It is currently available only through custom applications, but will soon be a common feature in every smart device. Just like turning on “wireless’ reception, users will turn on “augmented reception.” How this works is quite logical: an object or image can be designated as a tag. An augmented app can scan an image as if it were a common QR code, which then links a specific app to a particular stream of information coming from the Internet Cloud. [1]

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Claudia Hart (born 1955 in New York, NY) is an artist and associate professor in the Department of Film, Video, New Media, Animation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois. She is represented by bitforms gallery, New York. Hart has been active as an artist, curator and critic since 1988. She creates virtual representations that take the form of 3D imagery integrated into photography, animated loops and multi-channel animation installations. [1]

Hart's work applies a feminist perspective to a discussion of digital technology and a critique of the media. Much of her work attempts to introduce women into a male-dominated technological culture and condemn the violent impulses of a masculine digital production environment. In her artist statement, Hart says, "By creating virtual images that are sensual but not pornographic within mechanized, clockwork depictions of the natural, I try to subvert earlier dichotomies of woman and nature pitted against a civilized, "scientific" and masculine world of technology. In my own way, I am staging a romantic rebellion against technocratic and bureaucratic culture." [1]