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New Immersive AR Encourages Students To Explore And Create Art

Artist Tin Nguyen says, ‘AR is a powerful artistic medium for storytelling because it is immersive and multisensory’

Australian artists and creative technologists Tin Nguyen and Edward Cutting of Tin&Ed have crafted Deep Field, an immersive art experience and app inspired by their fascination with the natural world. This creation was brought to life using iPad Pro and Apple Pencil.

Originally showcased at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney and the Getty Center in Los Angeles, the interactive AR and sonic experience of Deep Field now allows students and families worldwide to engage in real-time co-creation and connection.

Deep Field encourages participants to unleash their creativity. Drawing inspiration from both art and the natural world, individuals can express their flora and fauna through vibrant colours, unique shapes, and captivating textures.

Tin Nguyen said, “For us, AR is a powerful artistic medium for storytelling because it is immersive and multisensory. The power of the M2 chip on iPad Pro has made it possible to create a work that enables children from across the globe to imagine new worlds together in real time.”

Unlocking student creativity

By harnessing the LiDAR Scanner on iPad Pro, participants can witness their artworks transform into 3D plant structures that extend across the floors, walls, and ceilings. This display brings to life a reimagined and immersive natural world.

Edward Cutting said, “Deep Field encourages children to look, listen, and think more deeply about the natural world and their place within it. We hope they come away from the experience feeling a sense of wonder and curiosity and a deeper connection to nature and each other.”

To realise the expansive Deep Field experience, Tin&Ed blended their expertise in art, design, and creative technologies, to work across various devices. These immersive environments were optimised for real-time experiences, pushing the boundaries of visual and interactive possibilities.

After unveiling its Vision Pro last month, Apple is focused on redefining the world of AR as the pricey headset is set to arrive with awe-inspiring features that’ll take the medium to new heights. Built with Apple’s ARKit framework, the Deep Field app uses depth-sensing capabilities to create 3D plant structures within the AR environment.

Dr. Michael Brand, the art gallery of New South Wales director said, “Thanks to the vision of Tin&Ed, with the experience starting in our Yiribana Gallery, each participant will be invited to look closely at nature through the lens of the world’s oldest continuous cultures, as depicted in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artworks.”

Deep Field is now available for students and families at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney and will be available for visitors at the Getty Center in Los Angeles until Sunday, July 16th. Afterwards, the Deep Field experience will embark on a world tour, starting in Europe this October, then to Asia in November and a stop at ArtScience Museum in Singapore.

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Isa Muhammad is a writer and video game journalist covering many aspects of entertainment media including the film industry. He's steadily writing his way to the sharp end of journalism and enjoys staying informed. If he's not reading, playing video games or catching up on his favourite TV series, then he's probably writing about them.

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