call for artists

Draw Within Water

collaborative underwater creation with Mirage XR

The HoloCenter will debut the collaborative Mirage XR platform with an immersive underwater environment on Governors Island in the Fall. This augmented reality installation enables participants of all ages to engage with a virtual environment. We are seeking artists to create pre-drawn elements that participants can add into the scene.

Artists are invited to experiment with drawing in augmented reality and contribute one sea creature to the scene.  Participating artists will be credited and given augmented reality stickers of their creatures. Drawings can be made with Tilt Brush or within Mirage XR. Drawing sessions can be scheduled at the HoloCenter on Governors Island, 11-5pm from August 24 (403 Comfort Rd / Colonels Row)

Draw Within Water is a collaborative experience designed to enable different levels of engagement. Participants can draw, add elements or explore. The base scene is has virtual water caustics and rocks laid over a room which is LED illumined in deep blue. Sound comes through speakers around the room.

Exhibition dates: August 31- October 27, 2019
Location: HoloCenter on Governors Island
403 Comfort Rd, New York 10004

VR drwaing of turtle by Alexandra Patz

Turtle by Alexandra Patz

Open Call for ‘hand’ drawn sea creatures using basic brushes (not the animated brushes in Tilt Brush) or any brush in MirageXR. Avoid pure blue as much as possible to define the creature from the background. Your sea creature could be a fish, shark, dolphin, whale, jellyfish, sea star, sea horse, squid…. Feel free to create in you own style. Export as obj or fbx.

If you can animate keep loops to less that 5 seconds or we can work with you to create the movement.  We are working on an interactive mesh for an octopus and a number of other other pre-animated creature shapes so, please reach out if you want to use one as base for your drawing.

Email info@holocenter.org with any questions, proposals, creatures or to arrange a time to create your sea creature (no experience with drawing in AR/VR necessary)

Mirage XR is a unity based mixed reality drawing app developed by Sky Rolnik, Jump into the Light co-founder

Integration to augmented reality stickers is supported by Alon Grinshpoon with EchoAR.

This project developed from research and organizational development projects to enable the public to engage creatively with mixed reality. Supported by Media Arts Assistance Fund through New York State Council on the Arts in Partnership with Wave Farm.