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The Auras: Walking Backwards into the Future

Augmented Reality component for new project in Amager, Copenhagen

Tracey M Benson || Bytetime

Walking Backwards into the Future
Augmented Reality in Copenhagen, by Tracey Benson

This article documents the waypoints of the tour of Dragør titled Walking Backwards into the Future being presented as part of Cultura21 Eco Island, Dragør, Denmark. The Walking Backwards into the Future: Cultura21 Eco Island, Dragør, Denmark proposal details the project goals and the context.

You don’t have to be in Dragør to experience this work. You can also use the app with the landmark building images in this blog post.

There will also be a printable version of the map for Walking Backwards into the Future.

Please note that this article and map is a work in progress!

Technical specifications

Walking Backwards into the Future uses augmented reality, and to view it you must have an internet enabled mobile device running iOS
or Android (tablet or smartphone). You must also have the “Aurasma” app installed.


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Cultura21 Eco Island, Dragør, Denmark

New AR work in development, which explores Dragør, Amager in Copenhagen.

Tracey M Benson || Bytetime

Walking Backwards into the Future
Augmented Reality in Copenhagen, by Tracey Benson

Proposal for Mapping Amager and Sharing Copenhagen: AR guided tour and presentation

Walking backwards to find the future combines a guided walk around the island of Amager with the use of augmented reality. This work has been created by Australian based media artist Tracey Benson to explore the transect sites of Dragør, Amager as a potential tourist. This work seeks to build knowledge of the location from afar – past journeys and memories, present events, spaces, places and histories. The work would be ready for use by participants at the Dragør/Tårnby transect and formally presented at the Eco Creative Camp by the artist.

Tracey has developed a number of augmented reality works which focus on walking and local discovery, with the most recent project Finding the Ghosts of K Road being presented as part of ADA Mesh Cities…

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365 Places: Amsterdam

Day 6: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The new market and bourse (i.e. weighing house), Amsterdam, Holland
The new market and bourse (i.e. weighing house), Amsterdam, Holland

Today I am back in Europe, in another city that I love, Amsterdam. I have visited Amsterdam twice – once in 1999 when I was on a Contiki Tour and when I went to the N5M4 festival in 2003. Amsterdam is a city of bicycles, canals and great Indonesian food. It is also very beautiful, with lots of historic buildings.

Map of Amsterdam 1850
Map of Amsterdam 1850

Amsterdam is a city that is very accessible by foot; when I visited in 2003, I spent many hours wandering around. I mainly spent my time going to art galleries and museums, which are in abundance in this city. I love the cobblestone streets, you really do feel like you have stepped back in time. My favourite museums include:

  • The Rembrandt House, which is on the site where Rembrandt lived for over 20 years. The museum also owns the complete collection of Rembrandt’s etchings, part of which is permanently shown the gallery.
  • The Van Gogh Museum is really impressive, holding the largest collection of paintings by Vincent van Gogh in the world. It is a beautiful building to explore as well.

Amsterdam held a fascination for me, long before I visited in 1999. In year 8, we read the Diary of Anne Frank at school. This book had a massive impact on my young mind, as I grappled with the horror of the holocaust and World War II as seen through the eyes of a girl about the same age as me. Both times I have been to Amsterdam, I have gone to the Anne Frank museum. There is something very powerful about seeing the wall where Anne used to put pictures and drawings. I also like the contemporary part of the museum, which has a permanent installation about how we must resist racism and consider humanitarian matters. We could well meditate on this need to maintain and respect human rights in our current context.

I hope to return again soon to this canal city as it continues to draw my interest as an artist and traveller. It is not only a city rich with culture and history; Amsterdam has a lively media arts community, which has for many years been a leader in terms of open source software development and networked media theory. It is a place I would love to work for a while as it holds much relevance to my research interests.

The images I have found on Flickr Commons portray a city from another time – they are so lovely I just had to share 🙂

The Buiten Amstel, Amsterdam, Holland
The Buiten Amstel, Amsterdam, Holland

Image sources:

The new market and bourse (i.e. weighing house), Amsterdam, Holland, Library of Congress,  http://loc.gov/pictures/resource/ppmsc.05768/, (accessed 24 April 2014)

Map of Amsterdam, National Archives of the Netherlands http://en.nationaalarchief.nl (accessed 24 April 2014)

The Buiten Amstel, Amsterdam, Holland, Library of Congress, hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ppmsc.05771 (accessed 24 April 2014)

Netherlands Tourism http://www.netherlands-tourism.com/amsterdam/