Artist Scarlett Raven has used augmented reality to let you experience her art in motion – and you can try it here.
Sticking our phones between ourselves and objects is second nature now. Whether it’s to take a photo, make a payment or jump on Snapchat. But a British artist is one of the first to incorporate the phenomena of smartphones, traditional art and virtual reality, bringing her work to a whole new level of visual arts extravaganza.
You can see it in action in the video above.
Scarlett Raven’s oil paintings of The Danger Tree project suddenly become a feast for the eyes with the help of a smartphone, combining two very different mediums in an impressive way. All you need to do is download the free Blippar app, open it and point it at the painting.
Try it below.
Hours and hours of Scarlett’s work flashes before your eyes within minutes, each scene depicting her interpretation of the raw emotion of war - soldiers with guns, beating hearts, war poppies, black crows and war letters.
Words by World War I poets Wilfred Owen, Siegried Sassoon and Rupert Brooke are scattered throughout.
Rich colours of red, blue and green roll into each other and drip off the end of your screen, making her depiction of war stunningly poignant.
And somehow the authenticity remains despite being translated onto a small digital screen.
On July 1 Raven will launch The Danger Tree project to commemorate the centurion of the Battle of the Somme.
The Danger Tree project is a memorial tribute to the Newfoundland Regiment, who used a tree halfway into No Man’s Land to meet.
Unfortunately the German artillery noticed the tree, which lead to many casualties, hence the name The Danger Tree. A replica of the tree now stands to mark the spot.
See more of Scarlett’s work come to life in this video below.
Or this video.
To create the effect, 30-year-old British artist is using augmented reality (AR) - technology that amplifies physical objects to create a heightened world with digital content such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data.
While the term AR is currently most associated with Microsoft’s HoloLens headset – it’s currently most widely used through phone apps like Blippar, by thousands of brands to add animated 'experiences' to packaging, movie posters and DVD covers.
But Scarlett’s refreshing use of augmented reality through the app is designed to take you on a journey through her creative processes, giving a much more revealing experience.
Raven says augmented reality allows her to "expose the layers of the physical and mental processes" in her work.
"Every mark, every thought, every movement, every feeling is there to be analysed and I have to ride that, no matter how uncomfortable.
"Soldier, poet, painter – we are all humanity."
As a student who struggled with severe dyslexia, she says she felt an instant connection to Van Gogh and Expressionist, Impressionist and Surrealist art in secondary school.
Her works will be on display the entire month at the Riverside Unit in Greenwich, London before exhibitions open across the country throughout October and November.