ARTWP

Augmented Reality Tales of War and Peace

Denmark / France / Italy / Ukraine

Dear Friends,

Do you believe in the power of art to address the complex issues facing our world today? If so, we invite you to join us for the unique “ART for Change Event” where we will discuss and immerse ourselves in the themes of war, peace, and artivism.

Background: The ARTWP (Augmented Reality Tales of War and Peace) project is an 18-month collaborative endeavor that has brought together artists from diverse cultural backgrounds and artistic disciplines to create digital artworks using augmented reality (AR) technology. Working with this innovative medium, we aim to shed light on the complexities of war and peace while offering new perspectives and insights.

Join us for the final sessions in Denmark, France, Ukraine, and Italy to experience these transformative artworks firsthand:

Roskilde, Denmark: June 15th

Beaugency, France: June 15th

Lviv, Ukraine: June 21st

Cosenza, Italy: June 29th

During the event, you’ll have the opportunity to:

Engage with Augmented Reality Art: Immerse yourself in a 90-minute experience featuring approximately 20 artworks developed in the ARTWP project. Experience the transformative power of AR as you explore digital representations of war, peace, and resilience.

  • Connect with others passionate about art, technology, and societal issues: Engage in discussions, share ideas, and forge connections with like-minded individuals committed to making a difference in the world.

Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of a meaningful exploration of war, peace, and artivism through augmented reality. Join us at the ARTWP event and discover how you can use your passion for art and technology to create positive change in the world.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Kind regards, The ARTWP Team

Changing the world

‘Many small streams makes a big river’

Augmented Reality Tales of War and Peace (ARTWP) is an 18-month, augmented reality (AR), multi- arts, co-creation project between partners from Roskilde/DK, Lviv/UKR, Cosenza/IT and Beaugency/FR.

The partners represent smaller cities, all of them at a distance from their capitals. Although they have often collaborated one with another on artistic projects over the last 23 years, they agreed – in reaction to the present war in Ukraine – that there was an urgent need to work, for the first time, on a shared project during which all partners would reflect, and reflect upon, not only this specific war, but the very concept of war – and our shared ambition for peace.

ARTWP is thus conceived as a digital art development project, in which stories are gathered from those who are (or have been) in the midst of war, as well as those seeing war from the “outside”. During 4 x 2- week workshops in each city the gathered stories will be developed as Augmented Reality Tales (ART), with 12 experienced artists, young volunteer artists and local citizens working together using AR, text, music, animation, visual art, video and sound.

 

Partners

Denmark / World Wide Words / Peter Campbell Bensted

WoWiWo has, as an organisation, 13 years of experience creating and managing both large and small-scale local and trans-national artistic cooperation projects in Denmark. WoWiWo is based in the Roskilde Municipality Citizens Democracy House (Byens Hus). Byens Hus also houses the “Ten Birds on the Roof” artists collective, of which WoWiWo is a founding member. Artistic director, Peter Campbell Bensted, has almost fifty years experience in both major and minor socio-arts projects and will lead both the project and the Danish team. https://www.facebook.com/worldwidewords

 

France / Les Fous de Bassan / Magali Berruet

Les Fous de Bassan is a theatre company whose work is focused in two directions: contemporary theatrical creations and cultural actions with different audiences, especially in rural areas. Both its creations and its cultural actions give pride of place to words that reveal the present time and its aspirations, while opening up to other artistic disciplines. Artistic director, Magali Berruet has great understanding of working with young people, as well as specialising in creating artistic projects that bring together both rural and urban communities. http://www.lesfousdebassan.org

Italy / Associazone Oltrezona / Renato Constabile

Associazione Oltrezona has been responsible for many innovative arts activities in the Calabria region. The “Incontri Possibili” (Possible Encounters, Possible Meetings) Festival, initiated by their highly experienced artistic director Renato Costabile, who has spent many years working with artistic endeavours based on encounters between artists with different cultural and artistic backgrounds, is a good example. Artistic director for Associazione Oltrezona Renato Costabile will lead the Italian team.

Ukraine / Nelly Klos & Vasil Kmet / Lviv Municipal Library

Lviv Municipal Library has art and culture, and in particular literature, firmly on its agenda. The Library has cooperated closely with the Lviv International Literature Festival (Eastern Europe’s largest literature festival) over many years, hosting numerous events and offering students the chance to meet a wide range of international writers and poets. The Library is particularly interested in the digital aspects of the ARTWP project which will allow citizens, especially the young, to follow the interface between digital and more traditional artistic forms. Nelly Klos (Project Leader) and Vasyl Kmet (Director, Lviv Municipal Library), will lead the Ukrainian team. https://www.facebook.com/lviv.library

Untold Garden, Malmö & London

Untold Garden is an art and design studio based in Malmø and London, exploring how technology can catalyse interpersonal relationships and enable alternative human experiences. By creating participatory systems, they urge the audience to question who controls our online presence and speculate on how we might interact in the future. Their experience-driven systems use cutting-edge machine learning technologies and scalable networking infrastructures to unearth new types of ecologies created in the ever-accelerating technological maelstrom. Experiential Art & Design | Untold Garden

Special thanks

To the ARTWP augmented reality (AR) engine-room crew, who have been responsible for guiding and supporting the whole ARTWP team during our 18-month long exploration of the potential of AR as a new artistic discipline. And to the ARTWP documentarist/photographer.

Keith Lim, an extremely experienced AR artist who uniquely combines computer science, psychology and dance in his artistic practice, has led all the exploration and development sessions, in close collaboration with the highly respected and experienced photographer, installation-performer and digital artist Bumbum Malou. And the very talented ARTWP documentarist/photographer Oleksandr Avramchuk. Oleksandr has a worked extensively in Ukraine as cameraman and documentarist, and has been following and recording the development of the project – at work and at play – with an eagle-eye for the work of the individual artists, as well as of course the whole collaborative process, with huge honesty and great care.

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