For my last major project in Public Art class at Columbia College I created 3 distinct Aurasma works.
Aurasma is an augmented reality application which is capable of overlaying digital images onto physical objects.
For my first piece I used the cover of Dune by Frank Herbert as a trigger image to reveal my favorite quote from the book.
Called the litany against fear, it is a mantra which can block pain, and give a piece of mind in the worst of situations. I love the idea that any book could have this sort of cheat sheet on the front, or even just reviews. Keep the cover simple and beautiful but allow some of the books information to be accessed easily with out looking through it.
Then I thought, this information, the Litany Against Fear, is not neccessarally what everyone would have on the cover of their copy of Dune, so this is a sort of personal version of tagging, I haven’t so much tagged this book for everyone as I have for the people who know how to get to the tag. So, I ask my self, why use a book as a key to some thing… but what?
Then I hit it, Textbooks are a Key to knowledge! I grabbed a screen shot of my Public Art textbook and overlayed its rubric, a link to its google map page, and a link to the readings on the class Wiki. “Excellent” (I imagine Mr. Burns)
But then I stopped. I had just unwantingly cornnered myself. I was using a book about public art in my Public Art class to create something which was a KEY!. Keys are the way you take a place that was public, and make it private. I mean, totally contradictory to the point!
So I asked myself, What about a key to a database, a data base that was so encoded as to confuse the public. What if I gave that key to the public?
Here’s the database, Do you know what the key is?
One such cryptographic corporation is Monsanto. They own every brand listed here.
When you use Aurasma to scan many of these logos, they will show the below image, revealing the association. Unfortunately not all of the logos contain enough data. I intend to work with masks on Aurasma to get these all to work, but for the time being, its definitely not an infallible tool. If you’re looking for one, you might read this article about an iPhone app that claims to do just about the same thing.