20 North Main St (also enter on 224 Benefit Street) Providence, RI 02903

Open today 10 am–5 pm


Today is June 20, 2018. Open today 10 am–5 pm

RISD Class Final Presentations: Virtual Spatial Morphologies

December 8, 2017, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Danforth Hall
  • Staging The Museum In The Mall

Join the Interior Architecture class “Virtual Spatial Morphologies” for their final presentations, open to the public. Drop by at any time between 10:30 am and 1:30 pm to chat informally with students about their work and explore gallery-based projects. Short remarks will commence at noon.

Spatial Computing is about to change the creative practice, and our ways we interact with spaces. During the past two semesters, students in the Department of Interior Architecture created a series of experimental works in which they interpret the Museum as a place for staging. Their pieces discuss the emergence of Merged Realities, in which the physical and the virtual engage in a sensuous relationship. The works are virtual and can be explored with mobile devices.

Taking the concept of augmented super-imposition of art-works further, the students also created guerrilla art projects, sited in various places in downtown Providence.

Exploring how the Museum itself could be staged, particularly in places where we find a demographic who rarely visits it, the students created Augmented Reality portals to the Grand Gallery and the Japanese Print Gallery. To date, the portals were staged at Providence’s Mall, on Kennedy Plaza, and demoed by Michael Grugl at the ‘Museums at The Post Digital Turn’ conference in Torino, Italy. In this exhibition, the students will discuss the process of creating these portals, and how a wider public reacted to them.

INTAR’s long-standing collaboration with various heritage organizations, and last year’s funeral for Providence’s Fogarty Building, inspired “Brutalist Island.” Devised as a virtual sanctuary for an endangered building-species, it discusses the virtualization of heritage artifacts. “Brutalist Island” is a collaborative VR project in progress, and can be explored for the first time at the Museum.

Viewing the students’ augmented reality works requires ENTiTi, a free app.
Download ENTiTi for iOS
Download ENTiTi for Android