- Vancouver Biennale housed the first-ever immersive blockchain-based augmented reality artwork.
- The installation boasts 20 different interactive features that narrate Kusama’s history.
- Spheroid Universe, Kusama Network, and artist Jessica Angel collaborated for the event.
At the Vancouver Biennale this year, a refreshing new artwork and experience wowed attendees. The Voxel Bridge, a combined product of artist Jessica Angel, Kusama blockchain network, and Spheroid Universe, stole the show this year with its immersive blockchain-based augmented reality experience.
The biggest interactive digital wonderland of its sort, the art installation is spread over 19,000 square feet (1,765) square meters and is built on the underside of the south end of Vancouver’s Cambie Bridge. Its fusion of the real and digital worlds is apparent in how the bridge simultaneously exists in not one, not two, but three worlds. It is in the real world under the Cambie bridge, in Augmented Reality as experienced through the Biennale’s app, and in live blockchain.
Moreover, the installation boasts 20 different interactive animations throughout the AR experience through which visitors can learn about the history of the Kusama network. Angel creatively incorporates live blockchain data as a tool to create a direct real-time projection of the blockchain. In effect, the art visualizes the abstract and overtly technical concept of the blockchain in an aesthetic way that people can comprehend.
Barrie Mowatt, President and Artistic Director of the Vancouver Biennale spoke about the artwork:
The Vancouver Biennale has always been ahead of the curve and pushed the traditional boundaries of art in public space. Now that the very definition of public has evolved to mean virtual, we were determined to bring an art installation of great artistic and technical significance to the world.
With the exhibit, Spheroid Universe became the first in the world to create a platform for seeing Kusama Blockchain through art. It is responsible for developing and powering AR/XR solutions for Voxel Bridge.
Its CEO, Andrey Almiashev, noted about the project:
In the Voxel Bridge project, we visualized the life of the Kusama Network blockchain as an AR installation based on dynamic geolocation, where the key technological challenge is the precise positioning of a giant interactive AR object, which can be achieved not so much based on markers, but mainly on photo and video data about the surroundings. We plan to apply this experience to render NFT Art AR-objects in the Polkadot / Kusama Network ecosystem.