Native Tongue XR

Extended Reality

The digital sculpture Native Tongue XR creates the alter-ego of the artist’s 3mH ancient kauri sculpture Native Tongue in extended reality. Pushing the boundaries of augmented reality tracking technology, digital overlays of Native Tongue captured via photogrammetry are projected 1:1 into the real world in fully navigable 3D space. Mediated through the device’s camera, viewers can encircle the 3m/10ft.H abstract figure, sense its scale and presence, and see up-close the ancient timber grain, carbon-dated at over 45,000 years old – pre-dating the last Ice Age and the migration of Neanderthal man across Europe. Shaped as the number One, Native Tongue ‘speaks’ of primal origins. Whether (re)situated in a NZ forest or amidst New York skyscrapers, this digital double has an otherworldly presence, manifested anywhere, anytime.