SOL.AR.IS is an art project in the form of a mobile application using innovative augmented reality (AR) technology. The inspiration for the creative work of the artists co-creating the project was the science-fiction novel entitled „Solaris” written by Stanisław Lem.
SOL.AR.IS is a virtual space in which the spectator has the opportunity to interact in real time with ephemeral, virtual 3D objects inspired by the creations of the cytoplasmic, intelligent ocean that covers the planet Solaris – mimoids, symmetries or asymmetries, fantastic phenomena described in the novel. Animated objects were designed by CGI artists: Oliver Latta from Germany, Yuma Yanagisawa from Japan, Uwe Rieger and Yinan Liu from New Zealand, Zsolt Laszlo Bordos and Gaspar Battha from Hungary. Ambient soundscapes for each of the objects were composed by the Iranian audiovisual artist Ali Phi. Each object is accompanied by a quote from Stanisław Lem’s novel, which was an inspiration for creative work.
Sculptures placed in the AR space can be discovered and viewed in the spectators’ surroundings using a smartphone or tablet with the pre-installed application, by scanning the space e.g. a room, meadow or street.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
1/ Download and install the free SOL.AR.IS application from AppStore/Google Play.
2/ Open the application. Plug in a headphones. By moving the phone, scan the chosen horizontal surface where you want to reveal the object.
3/ Reveal the object(s) by clicking on the scanned area (marked with yellow dots) on the phone screen.
Concept and coordination of the project: Elwira Wojtunik, Popesz Csaba Láng
UX programming: Popesz Csaba Láng
UI programming: Milena Malecha
3D objects: Yuma Yanagisawa, Uwe Rieger, Yinan Liu, Zsolt Laszlo Bordos, Oliver Latta, Gaspar Battha
Music: Ali Phi
Literary and linguistic consultation: Olga Brzezińska
The project is subsidised by the National Centre for Culture under the programme ‘Kultura w sieci’
The project is commissioned by the Photon Foundation.
City of Literature Foundation is the partner of the project.