suckerPUNCH: describe your project.
francis a. BITONTI (FADstudio) + andrew ZIENTEK (Terrain Studios): This proposal for the Jardins de Métis garden festival uses augmented reality and other location based services to explore the notion of a secret garden . In the project Visitors, using their own smart‐phones or those provided (and tethered), can view and create another dimension of the garden. The interface allows visitors to choose a new species of plant, attach a secret message and then “plant” it in the garden to be viewable by successive visitors. The garden grows, receiving and containing knowledge that is hidden from plain view.
This virtual space laid over the physical landscape, tied to specific place through the technology of augmented reality. This digital evolution then spills back onto the physical as real plants are added, replacing digital versions. The garden starts with contained secrets, then writes them for others and finally translates them into material. The garden starts as subdued canvas and explodes with color.
sP: what or who influenced this project?
fB: The growing presence of a location specific internet.
aZ: Digital Culture and Victorian Gardens
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
fB: Silence by John Cage and The artificial Ape by Timothy Taylor
aZ: Practice Listening by Above Average and Talus by Ken Ueno
sP: whose work is currently on your radar?