The Collaborative Composite Image: The MAG Project

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Session Description
This presentation is about the process, pitfalls, results and reactions we experienced with our experimental collaborative augmented reality project for mobile devices.

Our objective is to demonstrate and discuss our collaboration and our use of augmented reality to connect students to the community, engaging them outside of their comfort zone, and to use server-based content (AR) to enhance the experience of traditional museum-goers in a nontraditional way. Secondarily, we will discuss how we leveraged social networking to improve the collaborative spirit among students who not only did not know one another, but represented entirely different disciplines.

This project was developed as a joint effort between the 3D Digital Design and Photography departments; additional students came from the New Media Design and Film and Animation programs. Further contributions were made by the department of Color Science, and by the curators and historians at the Memorial Art Gallery (MAG), an art museum in Rochester, New York.

Students researched the works they saw during a curator-led tour of the MAG, and formed working partnerships during class discussions and afterward via contact through social media.

Students used existing imaging and animation software to create relevant overlays that are experienced using the Aurasma AR platform (which powers our own “skinned” application). These transformations are now part of the exhibit at the MAG, which is now promoting our work as a regular attraction for visitors to the museum.

Presenter(s)
David Halbstein, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York, USA
David HalbsteinDavid Halbstein is an Assistant Professor of 3D Digital Graphics at RIT. Originally from New Jersey, David has extensive experience working in the broadcast, film, and commercial industries in the New York Metropolitan area; and has taught in this field in both traditional degree-granting institutions and intensive corporate training centers. With a background in fine arts, David is primarily interested in discovering new directions in creative expression through the marriage of traditional ideas with new technology.
Susan Lakin, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, USA
Susan_Lakin_64Susan Lakin is an Associate Professor at Rochester Institute of Technology, and Program Chair of Advertising Photography in the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences. She has a BFA in Photography from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California and an MFA in Art Studio from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Before arriving to RIT, Susan worked commercially in Los Angeles, Sweden and Australia: some of her clients included Adidas, Avon, Harper’s Bazaar, LA Times Magazine, Nordstrom, OCA Architects, Sebastian, Shape Magazine, Southern California Edison, and Syncor International Corp. In addition to her commercial work, she owned and operated a professional retail photographic supply store in Burbank, CA. Her current artwork examines our interaction with mass communication through electronic screens in our homes and looks at how these displays frame our lives. Additionally, she is working across disciplines and recently produced a collaborative work between musicians, artists, computer scientists, and the general public.

Her artwork has received many awards and is part of the permanent collection at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Oakland Museum of California, the Griffin Museum of Photography, and the Photography Museum of Lishui, China. Her exhibitions include: Toronto at Gallery 44, New York at the Memorial Art Gallery, NYC Gallery @49, Germany at the Fotografie Forum International, Texas at Houston Center of Photography, Boston at the Photographic Resource Center, California at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the University Art Museum Santa Barbara, as well as, the Robert V Fullerton Art Museum.

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