Gateway Gallery’s SiningLakbay ongoing exhibit is letting viewers see Philippine history in art using the digital augmented reality (AR).
The AR interface allows gallery visitors with smart phones to see paintings “come to life” as they watch and hear the “live re-telling” of historical events depicted in the gallery’s SiningSaysay collection of arts.
The Layar mobile application and Wi-fi access are made available to visitors who can direct their gadget’s camera to scan the painting to see 3 minutes of video and hear audio narration.
The “SiningLakbay” enriched art experience brings together artists, historians, curators, editors, filmmakers, and technology providers in a collaborative project between the University of the Philippines and the Araneta Center intended to appeal and create historical awareness among today’s digital savvy generation.
The featured exhibit of “SiningSaysay” presents large paintings of prehistoric Philippines up to the time of former President Benigno Aquino III depicted in 30 paintings by artists from the UP College of Fine Arts as well as renowned artists such as Junyee, Benjie Cabangis, Randy Solon, Bim Bacaltos, Jonal Salvosa, Ding Hidalgo; brothers Simkin and Vincent de Pio with their father Gig de Pio; Janice Young, Aileen Lanuza, Romy Mananquil, Don Artificio, Grace Alfonso, Norman Dreo, Cris Cruz, Romy Carlos, Norly Meimban, Julius Samson, Michael Velasco, Neil Doloricon, Adi Baen-Santos, Ben Infante, Angel Cacnio, Grandier Bella, Dennis Dasco, and the late Abdulmari Asia Imao, National Artist for Visual Arts.
“SiningLakbay” viewing at the Gateway Gallery of the Gateway Tower in Araneta Center Cubao is free and open to the public on Mondays to Sundays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.