Augmented Reality

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LOS ANGELES — At galleries and museums, art is increasingly competing for attention with the needy screens of visitors’ cell phones, but at the Echo Park storefront gallery Smart Objects, staring at your cell phone is the only way to appreciate the art.

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Post image for Saying Goobye to the Old Whitney Museum with a Digital Drug Trip

Last night the Whitney Museum said goodbye to its Marcel Breuer building on Madison Avenue with a gala and party. There, the institution announced the opening date of its new home in the Meatpacking District — May 1, 2015 — and unveiled the last artwork commissioned for the Breuer building.

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Post image for Reject Reality and Substitute Your Own: Using Augmented Reality as Art

Whether you like it or not, the digital invasion of Google Glasses is on its way, bringing the alternate world of augmented reality with it. As the late sci-fi author Philip K. Dick, who I really wish was here to react to the rapidly cyborg-like technology advances, forebodes in his 1978 essay “How to Build a Universe That Doesn’t Fall Apart Two Days Later”: “What is real? Because unceasingly we are bombarded with pseudorealities manufactured by very sophisticated people using very sophisticated electronic mechanisms. I do not distrust their motives; I distrust their power. They have a lot of it. And it is an astonishing power: that of creating whole universes, universes of the mind. I ought to know. I do the same thing.”

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