ARtSENSE and Manifest.AR at Museums and the Web 2013

The collaboration among ARtSENSE, FACT and the international artists’ collective Manifest.AR is going to be presented at Museums and the Web 2013.

Roger McKinley, Research and Innovation Manager at FACT is going to present our paper, on Thursday, April 18th, at Portland, Oregon, USA. The title of this contribution is: “ARtSENSE and Manifest.AR: Revisiting Museums in the Public Realm through Emerging Art Practices”. The full paper is available online at the Museums and the Web website:


Annotation of the FACT VIP signature pillar


ARtSENSE is presented on the 11th IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality (ISMAR 2012) in Atlanta, Georgia. We have a tutorial on Monday and a presentation on Wednesday: Tailoring the Adaptive Augmented Reality (A2R) Museum Visit: Identifying Cultural Heritage Professionals’ Motivations and Needs, Areti Damala and Nenad Stojanovic.

Technical Meeting in Frankfurt

The technical partners of the ARtSENSE-consortium met in Frankfurt on 4th of October. First, all partners presented the current state of development, followed by many discussions about e.g. user modelling, use case studies and conceptual architecture. See some impressions of this very fruitful meeting (more to follow):

Through the looking glass


Presentation of ARtSENSE at Rewire 2011, Liverpool

LJMU and FACT hosted an event on the 29th September at the Rewire Conference – the Fourth International Conference on the Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology (28th – 30th September 2011, Art and Design Academy, Liverpool). This took the form of a day long “drop-in” room with content about the ARtSENSE project available for viewing and discussion. The event was and staffed by: Stephen Fairclough (LJMU), Kiel Gilleade (LJMU), Ute Kreplin (LJMU), Roger McKinley (FACT) and Clara Casian (FACT).

Roger McKinley introduced the ARtSENSE project to the audience and Stephen Fairclough and Kiel Gilleade presented a demonstration of a selection of their bio-sensing tools. During the demo they monitored Kiel’s physiological state while he watched a short selection of film clips from both FACT sourced material (film submissions for the Abandon Normal Devices Festival) and mainstream films (James Bond). There followed a short discussion on the project who fed back on the demonstration and the project.

Throughout the day Ute Kreplin set up and demonstrated her online “aesthetic” feedback tool and gathered some public response to a series of images that had been constructed to stimulate a range of reactions. These responses were captured on a feedback form.

Discussion took place with delegates before and after the presentations, particularly around using the technology as a learning tool for young people to help them engage with culture and historical information in new and exciting way. There was also significant interest in the 2nd FACT User Case scenario – the commissioning process for an artwork that helps disseminate the project and test it in the public realm.

The event was the first from FACT/LJMU to demonstrate the project to the Arts Professional public and, even though the project is in an early phase, the feedback from the Arts Professional public indicated a keen interest in the project.

Wiring up

Psychophysiology demo at Rewire 2011