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Footpath stickers that activate the meteorites
Footpath stickers that activate the meteorites.
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The art of sci-fi

The limits of art are being pushed with an out-of-this-world installation in the streets of Adelaide. ‘Memorial Meteorites: Echoes of Eternity’ by Maarten Daudeij.

A high-tech Augmented Reality art installation that will take visitors through an interactive experience invoking thoughts of science fiction plots, this is the latest piece added to the City of Adelaide’s public artworks.

A series of footpath stickers expose ten different meteorites – only visible through a mobile phone. The objects almost feel alive, in no small part due to the accompanying soundtrack. It’s as if ten objects have come to earth; a little like an episode of Doctor Who when we meet a new alien-being for the first time.

Screen shot from the development process to design the meteorites
Maarten Daudeij, Memorial Meteorites: Echoes of Eternity, 2019, (detail of digital development). Image courtesy of the Artist.

You’ll find these Augmented Reality meteorites in the middle of the city on the way to the City Library. Walk along Rundle Mall and take a turn down Francis Street, just east of Gawler Place. You’ll need a phone with the Facebook app ready to go. Here’s what to do when you arrive in Francis Street and see the series of footpath stickers.

  • Open the Facebook app and search for the ‘Memorial Meteorites’ page.
  • Choose one of the ten footpath stickers and match it to the meteorite post in the Facebook feed.
  • Click on your chosen post and line up the sticker so it appears on your phone’s camera. You’ll need to make sure the artwork takes up most of your phone screen.
  • In a few seconds you’ll see a new world open up, but only through your phone screen.
  • For the full effect, make sure the volume on your phone is turned up so you can hear the soundscape.
  • As you move the camera around, you’ll see the floating meteorite-type object in front of you.
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Footpath stickers that activate the meteorites.
Footpath stickers in Francis Street that activate the meteorites.

Maarten Daudeij, the artist who created the installation, worked on the project over a two-month residency with the City of Adelaide through its Visual Art and Music Residency program. The final outcome is the result of a process rather than an intentional finish point. The findings along the way led to a slowly developing weave that became the end product.

It’s not surprising that Maarten has tackled metaphysical subject matter when you consider the titles of some of his past works which include ‘The God’, ‘The Quest’, ‘Suspended and Grounded’ and ‘Recalling Wishes to the Wind’. These allude to vast concepts and ‘Memorial Meteorites: Echoes of Eternity’ deals with similarly big ideas.

Maarten explains, “The works deal with realism and abstraction, metamorphosis and the virtual, seeing and self, truth, eternity and the dance.”

Screen shot from the development process to design the meteorites
Maarten Daudeij, Memorial Meteorites: Echoes of Eternity, 2019, (detail of digital development). Image courtesy of the Artist.

The multi-faceted Augmented Reality meteorites are interesting to explore themselves, but the soundtrack makes the experience even richer.

Maarten says, “The conceptual underpinning for the music stems from the serial-music of Post WWII sound artists and musicians such as American composers John Cage, and Steve Reich, also from the more atmospheric music of Hungarian-Austrian composer György Ligeti (known for his work used by Stanley Kubrick for 2001: A Space Odyssey) and the more melodic and sensuous work of Dutch composer Simeon ten Holt.”

‘Memorial Meteorites: Echoes of Eternity’ is in Francis Street until the end of August and is accessible 24/7. See them before they disappear into cyberspace.

Memorial Meteorites: Echoes of Eternity
Artist/Composer/Poet: Dr. Maarten Daudeij | PhD(FA), Voice: Georgia Scott-Mills (With Great Gratitude), Musicians: Lisa Savchuk (Guitar), Georgia Scott-Mills (Guitar), Maarten Daudeij (Piano)
Francis Street, Adelaide (off Rundle Mall)
Until end of August 2019
facebook.com.au/MemorialMeteorites

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