Jan 20-Mar 3, Sun-Thu 12-5PM
Part of an ambitious global project by artist Vishal K. Dar, Edge of See: Twilight Engines uses site-specific light sculptures viewed through an augmented reality iOS app to push our senses of vision, scale, motion, and time. Dar brings his primary question-what is the edge of sight?-to the landscape of the Marin Headlands, using technology to overlay former artillery batteries with abstract light sculptures, or "engines," that spin, turn, and tumble in response to the environment. In addition, in Project Space at Headlands, Dar has installed wooden architectural models of the batteries, also activated through the augmented reality app, as well as maps, sketches, and video work.
This site-specific work was commissioned by Headlands Center for the Arts and was germinated when Dar was an Artist in Residence in 2017. The first installation of Edge of See launched in November 2018 in Lulea, Sweden; upcoming installations are planned for Delft Island, Sri Lanka; Okinawa, Japan; and the Diomede Islands, situated in the Bering Strait between Russia and the United States. The app was created with Bay Area-based technology partner Okaynokay (Gabriel Dunne and Ryan Alexander).
To view the sculptures, download the app before heading out to Headlands Center for the Arts, where you can pick up a map and get oriented with the Project Space exhibition. Located on the third floor of our Main Building 944, the exhibition includes maps, drawings, videos, and wooden architectural scale models of the batteries. Using your own mobile device or an iPad provided in the gallery, you can view the light sculptures as overlays on the battery models. Then venture into the nearby coastal terrain to find Batteries Mendell, Wallace, and Smith-Guthrie, decommissioned army bunkers with remnants of former gun implants. With the AR app installed, use your iPhone or iPad to view the virtual light sculptures overlaid on the sites.
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