Native Tongue AR

NYC New York — 2018

The digital sculpture Native Tongue  AR projects an 'other I', the alter-ego of the artist’s 3mH ancient kauri sculpture Native Tongue in augmented reality. Pushing the boundaries of  AR tracking technology, digital overlays of Native Tongue are captured via photogrammetry and projected 1:1 into the real world in fully navigable 3D space. Viewed through iOS mobile phone camera or tablet, viewers encircle the 3m/10ft.H abstract figure, feel its scale and presence, and experience close-up the ancient timber grain carbon-dated at over 45,000 years, pre-dating the last Ice Age and the migration of Neanderthals across Europe. Situated amidst New York's skyscrapers, at MOMA, or Storm King NY, the digital double is an otherworldly presence, a spirit traveller recentering humanity in nature and the Earth.