Community, Art & Culture Were Here: Augmented Reality Tour of Albany Bulb, February 28

Community and Art Were Here
Refuge in Refuse: Art & Culture Project organizers lead a walking tour of the creations, realities and archives of the Albany Bulb. Learn about the history of the art & community that once flourished at the Bulb using Augmented Reality.

In this context, Augmented Reality allows for a sort of historic marker to remain on site bringing past, present and visitors together to commemorate their shared life experience. Traces of webbed moments are triggered by the nostalgic memories founded through Augmented Reality. The buildings can be torn down, people removed and sea levels engulf waterfront gardens but the images of this transient village will remain through its own dimension. A layer of reality seen only through the lense of cybernetic technology will become a destination point cultural anthropologists of the future, descendents of residents and whoever or whatever chooses to dig into the layered archive of the Albany Bulb.

This tour makes use of these insights, invisible to the naked eye, and invites you into the virtual world of the Bulb– one that speaks to the legacy of the community that kept the art, culture & ecology of the Bulb thriving. Don’t forget to RSVP on EventBrite & bring your smartphone or tablet!

This event meets at the Albany Bulb, 1 Buchanan Street, Albany California at the parking lot entrance near bird sculptures.

Technical requirements: Augmented Reality is viewed through a smart device. This can be a android or iOS device. Download the Junaio app available (free) on Apple and Android. Your phone also needs to be GPS enabled. You will not need to access internet on your device if the GPS works on its own. Unfortunately we cannot provide extra smart devices. You must bring your own or borrow from a friend.


About Refuge in Refuse: Homesteading Art & Culture Project:
For more than two decades artists, recreationalists, and the homeless have shared the Albany Bulb, a decommissioned landfill peninsula located along the east shore of the San Francisco Bay, creating infrastructure and exploring borders between public and private urban space. The group exhibition Refuge in Refuse: Homesteading Art & Culture Project at SOMArts includes audio stories, video, photography, painting, sculpture, interventions, and 3D scans reflecting the intersections of architecture, art, ecology and community at the Bulb. Read more… 

Image courtesy of Danielle Siembieda; “Landfill Sculpture by Osha Neumann”, 33 x 70 inch point cloud 3D Image by F3 and Associates with Robin Lasser and Danielle Siembieda, 2014