Top 10 Augmented Reality Talks + ARE 2011

I’m super flattered to be included in the Top 10 Augmented Reality & Gamified Life Talks! Wow, what great company to be in, I’m totally floored: Bruce Sterling, Blaise Aguera Y Arcas, Jesse Schell, Pranav Mistry and Julian Oliver, to name a few! Thank you kindly to Gary Hayes for including me among these luminaries!

You can catch many of these AR heros discuss Augmented Reality at ARE 2011 in Santa Clara, CA, May 17-18. I will also be speaking! Looking forward to it and hope to see you there!


video of my TEDx talk

My TEDxYorkU talk is now available on YouTube!

…and another photo from my  mixed reality art installation “The Amazing Cinemagician” (RFID+FogScreen) at the TEDx event. The exhibit was previously on view at the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto, Canada, with over 400,000 visitors!

Amazing Cinemagician at TEDx“The Amazing Cinemagician” art installation at TEDxYorkU. Photo: Pippin Lee

A special thanks to Thomas Carpenter for posting my talk on Games Alfresco and The Future Digital Life!

Helen + Cinemagician at TEDxYorkU

I was honoured to speak at the recent TEDxYorkU and have my interactive art installation “The Amazing Cinemagician” (Fogscreen + RFID) featured at the entryway to the event. Attendees had to walkthrough the fogscreen and pass through Georges Melies’ ghost to enter the event. A few photos below.

Photo: James AllenPhoto: James Allen

Photo: Helen PapagiannisPhotos: Helen Papagiannis

There was a fantastic lineup of speakers and performers who shared their hearts and minds with attendees for a thought-provoking and stimulating day. A very special thank you to the TEDxYorkU team for an amazing event! Videos of speaker presentations to soon follow!

Some recent press

If you happen to be in Toronto, pick up a copy of NOW magazine this week (on stands until Wed Aug 24) — I’m thrilled to have my exhibition “The Amazing Cinemagician: New Media Meets Victorian Magic”  featured in the Art section: “Thinking in 3D: Helen Papagiannis Goes High Tech” by Fran Schechter.

Blushing to have a shout-out from Sci-fi guru Bruce Sterling on

A kind write-up in Excalibur, “The Amazing Cinemagician links past and future: York artist blends new innovations with old cinema” by Aileen Ormoc.

A video montage of highlights from the Augmented Reality Event (ARE) in Santa, Clara, CA, June 2-3, 2010, where I was an invited presenter. One of the installations from my exhibition presently on view at the Ontario Science Centre was included as an interactive demo in the ARt Gala at ARE 2010

Thanks everyone for your continued support and interest in my work!

The exhibition is on view at the Ontario Science Center until Sept. 6/10. Press release and more info here.

Photo: Pippin Lee

ISMAR ’09 and the “New ARtist in Charge”

Helen’s work was very well received at ISMAR ’09 making Ori Inbar’s (Games Alfresco) “Top 10 Tidbits Reshaping the Augmented Reality Industry“, coming in at #8 as the “New ARtist in Charge”.

Helen presented the paper, “Augmented Reality (AR) Joiners, A Novel Expanded Cinematic Form”, presented on the panel “The Third Imagination”, and was the sole artist featured in the art gallery.

Work will be posted on Studio Curioso in the coming month.

This blog shows a very small sample of Helen’s work — contact Helen directly to view further work and to inquire about collaborations.

Studio Curioso: Creative AR Production



Studio Curioso

Studio Curioso logo

Studio Curioso is dedicated to creating wonderous experiences and products in Augmented Reality (AR) including specialty books, toys, and interactive artworks. Helen Papagiannis, Director of Studio Curioso, has been building imaginative work in AR since 2005 with a focus on creative content development and storytelling.

Upon presenting at ISMAR ’09 (International Symposium for Mixed and Augmented Reality), Helen will be posting demos at

Presenting at ISMAR ’09

Helen will be presenting a paper/talk and showcasing her demos at the major Augmented Reality conference ISMAR ’09 (International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality) in Orlando, FL this October. 

More details to follow on the conference website:

To view further AR projects, discuss collaboration or consulting, please contact Helen.