ReBlink is the kind of art/technology mash-up that will be decried as awful and blasphemous by some or exciting and innovative by others. Toronto-based digital artist Alex Mayhew's modern reinterpretations of classic paintings allows viewers to witness a work of art come to life through their phone or tablet. ::
The Art Gallery of Ontario's novel augmented reality exhibition takes the form of an app called ReBlink that visitors download onto their phone or tablet. Then once inside the gallery, classic Canadian and European art works come to life when looked at through a visitor's mobile device, revealing Mayhew's often bizarre modern additions.
As devices like the HoloLens bring AR into popular focus, it's hard to imagine future art galleries not being souped up interactive experiences. AR-enhanced environments also offer artists the ability to turn the world into a gallery. Four white walls cannot contain the future of this art.
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© ALEX MAYHEW
AGO - Art Gallery of Ontario