Although trained as a painter, Paulo Majano has, for the past 10 years, combined his interest in figuration with technology-based forms of presentation and interaction. The result is a recent branch of New Media known as augmented reality. Whereas virtual reality replaces the real world with a simulated version, augmented reality shows us the world we are familiar with as well as giving us an opportunity to explore it further through computer-assisted machinery.
For I Was Here, Majano sets his sights on everyday events in outdoor public spaces, most of them in parks in Surrey, BC. Once a location was selected, Majano would take its picture and a three-dimensional scan of its elements. The resulting image carries within it a latent image a three-dimensional photographic scene that, when revealed, like the latent thought in Freuds theory of dreams, offers potentially different narratives and new layers of meaning.
As is often the case with interactive work, engagement requires more than an inquiring mind. For those eager to jump in, a smartphone or tablet is needed, as well as an artist-developed augmented reality application. But once these machines are in place, even the most familiar location has the potential to appear both new and unusual.