Augmented Reality Biennial

New virtual art

Interact with digital works of art in real time using your own smartphone or tablet.

The world's first Augmented Reality Biennial will open on August 22, 2021 in Düsseldorf (with satellite projects in Cologne and Essen). With the help of the “AR Biennale” app, street signs can be scanned.  The NRW-Forum in Düsseldorf is giving this unique project of AR art a prominent platform. From now on, every two years the AR-Biennial will be created in the open air as a new type of virtual reality sculpture park. Visitors can explore digital works of art that are inserted into the real environment and become visible on the mobil or tablet. Among others Greek artist and director Theo Triantafyllidis is participated with a funny  big worm, „Genius Loci“.

AR Biennial. Work by Greek artist Theo Triantafyllidis
(c) AR Biennial. Work by Greek artist Theo Triantafyllidis

20 international artists take part:
Studio Above & Below
Jeremy Bailey
Banz & Bowinkel
Gabriel Barcia-Colombo (Cologne, Heinrich-Böll-Platz)
Cibelle Cavalli Bastos (Cologne, Ebertplatz)
Tim Berresheim
German Opera on the Rhine, Düsseldorf
Lucie Freynhagen
Shawné Michaelain Holloway
Lauren Lee McCarthy
David Lobser (Essen, Burgplatz)
Andy Picci
Sarah Rothberg
Manuel Rossner
MengXuan Sun (Essen, Hans-Toussaint-Platz)
Theo Triantafyllidis
Lola Zoido

The signs on site are read in using the app's scan function and as soon as the camera has captured the sign, the AR factory appears on the display. For many works you can activate additional surprises by tapping on them. In addition, some works also have sound. Please activate the audio on the mobile phone.

QR-code. AR Biennial 2021
QR-code. AR Biennial 2021

Opening hours

You can call up the work in Düsseldorf, Cologne and Essen at any time with your device and the app. Please note that the app only works in daylight.



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