A new platform for art: the Manchester Plinth plays host to the ‘World of Tomorrow’

A new digital art project is coming to Manchester’s All Saints Park, based on the collections of graphic designer and Design Manchester co-founder, Malcolm Garrett.

Launching on the 18th of October, the exhibition will be the second in a series that presents art through augmented reality (AR), organised by CityVerve partners Sparta Digital and Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU).

Visitors to the park can experience the exhibition by downloading the Buzzin app (available on iOS and Android), which will act as an AR overlay when viewed through a device camera – showing pieces from the collection suspended around the park and on the Manchester Plinth.

The artefacts being digitally displayed come from the major new exhibition, Collecting Malcolm Garrett – Snapshots from the World of Tomorrow, held by the MMU Special Collections Gallery.

The collection examines the life and work of Malcolm Garrett through his books, clothing, toys and other ephemera.

Garrett was a major force in the ‘new wave’ of 1970s music and fashion, and his work at the Manchester School of Art is renowned for its compulsive interest in new worlds and futuristic design. The exhibition explores the way that his focus on the imagery of science fiction was inspired by the objects that surrounded him as he grew up.

The Manchester Plinth AR project is the first of its kind in the UK, and seeks to bring artefacts out of the gallery and into the city – meaning they’re accessible for everybody to experience and enjoy.

By its very nature as a virtual exhibition, the project challenges our understanding of space in our cities, and demonstrates the way that they can be taken on as new sites of culture.

Posing these kinds of questions about how we develop the public realm is one of the key aims of the CityVerve project.

October 18, 2017 in Culture & Public Realm, News

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