Virtual U.S. Mexico Border

This Augmented Reality public art project allows audiences to immerse themselves in virtual experiences documenting the North American migration crisis. The project includes geo-located Augmented Reality scenes produced on location at the U.S./Mexico border, which can be viewed with common mobile phones and tablets along the historic Stavanger waterfront. During the 2016 United States presidential campaign, Donald Trump was quoted as saying, “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people”. Since his election, tensions have hardened and the border has become increasingly militarized. Virtual U.S./Mexico Border seeks to transpose the experience of being at this important border and to document the stories of migration found there.

Artwork by John Craig Freeman, commissioned by Screen City Biennial 2017

To view the augmented reality work on location along the waterfront in Stavanger, Norway with any late model iPhone, iPad or Android, install the free Layar augmented reality app, http://layar.com. Next, search Geo Layers for ‘Screen City Biennial’ or scan this QR code within the Layar app.

Begin the Augmented Reality experience from MS Sandnes.

Download the AR-application Layer, search Geo Layers for ‘Screen City Biennial’ and open US/Mexico Border.