9 August 2013

As you walk the streets of Liverpool, the bio-sensing device reads your heart rate. When your mind-body state achieves the perfect pulse for walking Liverpool, the system automatically generates and plants augmented reality (AR) vegetation in your wake. What will you be: a propagator of native Merseyside reforestation, or an invasive propagator of exotic species?

This work by Tamiko Thiel and Will Pappenheimer of the artist group Manifest.AR, was developed with Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) School of Natural Sciences and Psychology using exotic plant imagery courtesy of the World Museum Liverpool’s botanical print collection.

It draws its inspiration from the botanical history of Liverpool, vibrant local gardens and forest conservation efforts and questions about predicted global climate change in the not so distant future. Digitally green our city and play at competitive planting!

Over the next five weeks, we are hosting tours each Saturday. One of our Gallery Assistants will explain the artwork and the technology it uses and then take you out into Liverpool to get planting! Tours will leave from the FACT Atrium at 1.30 and 4pm, they are completely free and no booking is required. Space on the tours is extremely limited so please arrive early to guarantee your place on the tour. 

Biomer Skelters is part of Turning FACT Inside Out. For more information on the exhibition, please visit the TFIO Project Page.