Neartuit Debuts at Anvil Centre Biometric Exhibit
The Anvil Centre in New Westminster is a beautiful civic venue that contains conference space, a 364-seat theatre, multipurpose studios, and smaller meeting rooms, so it’s perfect to showcase the Biometric exhibit and Neartuit app.
The Biometric exhibit explores portraits using new media. The Neartuit app ( which is available for iOS only for now ) provides information on your smartphone about each of the exhibits. As you approach, the display changes to provide you with information in text, audio or video format. The venue is able to create or add to exhibit information with a simple interface.
The app uses smart Bluetooth enabled iBeacon transmitters embedded near the exhibit that communicates with your smartphone. As you move to a new exhibit, your display changes. There’s no need to proceed in a certain order or move at a specified pace ( something that drives me crazy ). The information about the art piece could become part of the experience of the piece itself using text, audio and video.
For a tech junkie like me, I had a lot of questions for Judy Hamilton and D’Arcy Smith – in the end it’s the kind of app that will encourage me to visit venues with the app installed and experience the art the way I want to. ( mostly in no particular order, just whatever catches my eye ).
Get on the Skytrain to New West, the Anvil Centre is a block away – third floor, turn right off the stairs or the elevator. Don’t forget to invite your friend who owns an iPhone and download the app from the App store first.
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