I was mega flattered to be invited to write a guest column for The Creators Project (a partnership with Intel and Vice). The topic? AR, but of course! In “The Magical Magic of Augmented Reality”, I draw parallels between AR, magic and early cinema, discussing the work of one of my creative heros, Georges Méliès.
Prior to becoming a filmmaker, and earning the title of ‘the father of special effects’, Méliès was first a stage magician; he used the newfound medium of cinema to extend magic into novel, seemingly impossible visualities. AR, too, is about creating impossible visualities. In some ways, we can consider AR to be a real-time stop-substitution that layers content dynamically atop the physical environment and creates virtual actualities with objects—shifting forms, appearing and disappearing—as Méliès first did in cinema.
A great big thank you to Bruce Sterling for blogging my article on Wired.com!
*Update: Dec 8/11: I name Melies the ‘Patron Saint of AR’ in a follow-up article on The Creators Project celebrating Melies’ 150th birthday.