Apple announces ‘[AR]T’ Today at Apple art-based Augmented Reality experiences

July 30, 2019 – Apple has today opened registration for a series of new art-based Today at Apple augmented reality (AR) experiences called [AR]T, offered at Apple Stores around the world. The three new sessions include an interactive walk featuring works by contemporary artists, an in-store session that teaches the basics of creating AR using Swift Playgrounds, and an AR art installation viewable in every Apple Store worldwide.

To create the sessions Apple invited the New Museum, a destination for contemporary art in New York, to select seven artists — Nick Cave, Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg, Cao Fei, John Giorno, Carsten Höller and Pipilotti Rist — to participate in an experiential project that is free to the public.

“Today at Apple offers a window into the creative arts made possible by our products and customers,” said Deirdre O’Brien, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Retail + People. “We hope attendees are inspired by the incredible AR creations in the [AR]T Walk and in-store installation, and we can’t wait to see what our visitors learn to create in the [AR]T Lab.”

[AR]T Walk: Augmented Realities Co-Curated with New Museum

These experiential walks take participants through San Francisco, New York, London, Paris, Hong Kong and Tokyo as they encounter works by the seven artists, most of whom are working in AR for the first time. Using AR, the artists have reimagined or invented new ways to express core themes of their art practice, creating works that connect participants to public spaces such as London’s Trafalgar Square, San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Gardens, and New York’s Grand Army Plaza in Central Park.

New Museum’s Toby Devan Lewis Director, Lisa Phillips, commented: “The New Museum has always led at the intersection of art and tech and we could not have asked for a better partner in Apple to support the fantastic visions of these pioneering artists. Augmented reality is a medium ripe for dynamic and visual storytelling that can extend an artist’s practice beyond the studio or the gallery and into the urban fabric.”

[AR]T Lab: AR Experiences

Created in partnership with New York artist, NEW INC member (New Museum’s cultural incubator) and educator Sarah Rothberg, this Today at Apple session, free at all Apple Stores, allows attendees to get hands-on with objects and immersive sounds created by Rothberg. Using Swift Playgrounds, users can learn how to create their own AR experiences in this 90-minute [AR]T Lab.

[AR]T in the Apple Store

Visitors can come into any Apple Store worldwide and experience artist Nick Cave’s AR piece “Amass.” Using the [AR]T Viewer in the Apple Store app, users can initiate Cave’s interactive installation, which takes the viewer on a journey to view and collect “Ikon Elements” and experience a universe of positive energy right in the middle of an Apple Store.

All three sessions are available beginning August 10.

Image credit: Apple

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Sam Sprigg

Sam is the Founder and Managing Editor of Auganix. With a background in research and report writing, he covers news articles on both the AR and VR industries. He also has an interest in human augmentation technology as a whole, and does not just limit his learning specifically to the visual experience side of things.