Floodlines launch and Augmented Reflections app

The launch of Floodlines is drawing closer and as a member of the exhibition team I can confirm that we are all pretty excited and nervous about revealing it to the Queensland public. Although it feels like 2010/2011 summer floods were just a couple of months ago (sadly some towns are still being affected by flooding) it has been a long time coming for the exhibitions team.

Augmented Reflections ipod

Augmented Reflections ipod

It felt nothing short of surreal as I helped assemble the lighting fixtures in the SLQ gallery. I reflected over the many months our team has worked tirelessly on gathering, sorting, and organising this exhibition. I have learnt a great deal about designing a high tech exhibition in a not-so-high-tech gallery space. I love slq Gallery but, like all exhibition spaces, there are always minor challenges that impact on each exhibition, and influencing curatorial and design decisions. The real challenge is not to let technical and power requirements control and determine exhibition design.

With a total of 6 projections, 9 touch screens and 10 free-roaming iPads there are a number of technical and power issues that could affect how the gallery was presented. As the exhibition had so many technical requirements it seemed almost impossible for the space to be presented without cords lying around and heath and safety officers shaking their heads at us. With extensive research and equipment-testing we came up with a solution that not only works with all of our technical equipment but leaves our gallery as a trip-hazard free zone!

Augmented Reflections 3D

Augmented Reflections 3D

Our next major focus was how to present an Augmented Reality (AR) app developed by Josephmark called Floodlines: Augmented Reflections. Augmented Reflection is for iPhone and iPad devices, and uses flood map data to provide you with new 3D perspectives of the Brisbane River and surrounding suburbs and the rising waters during the devastating Brisbane floods of 2010/11.

Using cutting edge augmented reality technology the app allows you to see the flood waters rise from 2D to new 3D aerial perspectives, and simulates the flooding across the Brisbane CBD and 13 surrounding areas. The app extends exhibition visitors’ understanding of the power of technology to visualise and share information.

People are seeing augmented reality applications implemented by major institutions such as the TATE in London, the Venice Biennale, and New York’s MOMA, so we were thrilled to bring this app to Queensland audiences – not only as platform for interaction, sharing and learning, but as a digital artwork in its own right.

We want this exhibition to reach as many Queenslanders as possible. If you can’t come to the physical space you can access the Floodlines: Augmented Reflections markers through our website. To download the app, print the marker and start to experience the floods in a digital 3d version.

– Written by Brittney Ouston, staff member