This project is part of a 4-year FQRSC-funded team project on "Augmented Reality in Contemporary Art: Interdisciplinary Perspectives" based at McGill.
It explores the proliferation of augmented reality technologies in public spaces, and investigates the relationship between these technologies and the material conditions of democratic citizenship. The project also examines the tension between the commercial, entertainment and surveillance orientation of current applications of spatial augmented reality technology and the aesthetic and civic possibilities of these technologies represented in contemporary new media art.
For his part, Jonathan Sterne is investigating the ways in which ideas central to the development of augmented reality have been present in audio art for most of the twentieth century. This lead him to a group conference in spring 2007 on artificial reverb mapped onto new sounds.