Proposal Title: U.S./Iraq War Memorial, 07/18/2011, Other
Proposal Synopsis: The U.S./Iraq War Memorial is an augmented reality public art project and memorial, dedicated to the thousands of individuals who have died on both sides of the border. The public can simply download and launch the Layar Augmented Reality Browser app on their iPhone or Android and aim the devices’ camera at the landscape through out the northeastern United States. The application uses geolocation software to superimpose a single computer generated 3D graphic of a casket for each of the 52,036 recored deaths, enabling the public to see the caskets integrated into the physical location as if it existed in the real world. The location of the augmentations are based on data published by The Guardian of the Wikileaks Iraq war logs. The data points have then been offset based on the precise longitude and latitude difference between Baghdad and the Washington Mall in Washington D.C. This map indicates the location of the augmentation once the GPS offset has been applied. As far as we know, this might be the first war memorial to acknowledge losses on both sides.
Artist's Biography: Mark Skwarek is a new media artist working to bridge the gap between virtual reality and the real world by using augmented realities and multi-user online environments to bring a virtual context into physical space. He explores this intersection in both his private art practice as well as in academic research projects.
John Craig Freeman is a public artist with over twenty years of experience using emergent technologies to produce large-scale public work at sites where the forces of globalization are impacting the lives of individuals in local communities.