Thursday 29 June 2023

New Book Published - Extending Reality


Extending Reality: A Public AR Exhibition Exploring the Boundary Between Tactile and Digital Experience - Click above for a preview for this new fully AR/XR enabled book giving an account of the Illustrated Menagerie Augmented Reality Scavenger Hunt and discussing the use of AR/XR and illustration. The full book includes all 35 artworks included in the trail and their augmented elements, artists bios and contact details and statements about the work and will be online soon. A print copy of the book will be available at the University of Portsmouth Library and in the Ministry of Books Artists Books Archive.

Friday 6 January 2023

January update - Augmented Reality Scavenger Hunt

Oh no! There are some gaps in the scavenger hunt;

The animals which have escaped are;

Victoria Park: 
  • Ringtailed Lemur
Mountbatten Centre:
  • Deathwatch Beetle
  • Crow
St Mary's Church:
  • Gecko
  • Butterflies
  • Squirrel
  • Kingfisher
  • Tiger
  • Rabbit
  • Ravens
  • Dragon
  • Butterfly
  • Armoured Insects
  • Kakapo
We are planning to return these creatures to the menagerie AR as soon as possible!

Friday 18 November 2022

We Shine Portsmouth 2022

The Scavenger hunt is on! 

Based at 3 locations; Victoria Park, St. Mary's Church and Mountbatten Centre, each part of the hunt features 11 or 12 individually illustrated animals. These COME TO LIFE when you view them using Artivive app, with animations, film and sound.

You can follow a trail with clues to each artwork showing on the digital layer of the one before in the trail. Or you can see the map* for the locations

If you view this image using Artivive it'll reveal the map.

A big thank you to everyone working on this event, and to our artists particularly whose work is featured

Meet the artists and their work HERE 

Thursday 10 November 2022

One week to go!

Illustrated Menagerie AR Scavenger Hunt/ We Shine Portsmouth 2022

Final preparations are underway for the 3 day festival of art and light, 17th - 19th November 2022 

We'll be at 3 locations with 35 illustrations augmented with animation, moving images and sound. One of many installations making up the festival, see the programme and artists at We Shine

Find us at;
Victoria Park (Near Portsmouth and Southsea train station)
St. Mary's Church, Fratton
Mountbatten Centre, Alexandra Park, Hilsea
From 5pm each day

Images shown here by Lily Milan and Jenna Beames

Friday 4 November 2022

Research and Innovation Festival

12 augmented reality posters from the Illustrated Menagerie Scavenger Hunt were hidden amongst the stands and crowds of the RIS Festival in November.  These 12 were examples from university colleagues, students and alumni. 

Matter of the Manor - Belinda Mitchell
Explores alternative ways to engage with the re-inhabitation of historic places. Wymering Manor, a 16th Century house in Cosham, Portsmouth, UK, is used as a case study to examine the ways in which subjective experiences can be represented in the future of city making. The house is currently in a state of ruination, the richness of its surfaces, the smell of damp, the crumbling timber and dust made by larvae beetle slowly eating away at its core all create an overwhelming sense of affect. New digital technologies are used to rethink the tangible and intangible effects of the house and create magical transitions between the body, imagination and place. In collaboration with Nicola Hay for the Illustrated Menagerie.

See more about this and the other artworks

Thursday 3 November 2022

Prototype test - Research and Innovation Festival Set Up

 To test out the scavenger hunt we are taking part in the research and Innovation Festival, this gives us the chance to set up and test part of the full hunt.

Tuesday 25 October 2022

Final call for contributions

Fantastic opportunity to be a part of We Shine Festival 2022!
Final call for animal-themed artwork

Have you got animal themed artwork that could be included in an exhibition as part of this November’s festival? Last year’s festival attracted 80,000 visitors, so be a part of it this year!

We are looking for animal-themed;

  • Animated GIFs
  • Short sequences of images
  • Short animations (up to 45 seconds)
  • Imagery in layers
A still print of the artwork will be installed at a permanent public location at one of four sites in Portsmouth for the festival itself and beyond, and we will be using augmented reality to show the digital side of it.

What would we need from you?
  • Video or moving image file; .gif, .mov, .mp4 format or A sequence of still images; .jpg, .png format or A layered Photoshop or Procreate file; .psd format - sound can be included too
  • A good quality image for print; 300 dpi, sized to fit within 220 mm x 220 mm
  • A short artist bio, description of the work, the name you would want to be promoted under and socials/website etc for contacts. These details would be available to viewers of the work.

Submissions deadline Friday 4th November 2022 -