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Alternate Views Debuts in Two Seattle Neighborhoods

by Joe McDonald on June 20, 2012, filed under Art Scoop Events & Info, Local Art Scene

 

Combining QR codes, smart phones and photography, this project will offer a unique experience to Seattle pedestrians this summer.

AlternateViews, created by artist and photographer Kevin Wildermuth, is a self-guided virtual gallery tour juxtaposing photographs of Oaxaca, Mexico with views from Seattle sidewalks in the Capitol Hill and Fremont neighborhoods during the month of July.

Forty-seven bright yellow placards, each displaying a QR code linked to a different photograph, will be posted in storefront windows and on utility poles beginning July 1st. Pedestrians are invited to scan the codes with their smart phones to compare the actual scene before them with a related scene photographed in Mexico by the artist and displayed in their smart phone’s browser.

Buttons underneath each photograph link to maps of the two neighborhoods, showing all of the QR code locations and providing their addresses and GPS coordinates. Thirty-one storefront businesses have agreed to post the QR code placards in their windows and the remaining sixteen will appear on utility poles. The project is expected to bring art and photography fans, and the curious, to the two neighborhoods to seek out the codes and discover what image appears when they are scanned. And one of the artist’s goals is to reach out to those who wouldn’t normally seek out art in the usual venues.

Kevin will give two public talks where the public can learn about the project and ask questions at the following locations and times:

Fremont branch of the Seattle Public Library, July 2nd 6:30-7:30 PM

Capitol Hill branch of the Seattle Public Library, July 5th 6:30-7:30 PM

Both events are free to attend.

Examples of location-image pairings, neighborhood maps, and the photographs can be seen at the project’s web site: http://alternateviews.net.home.html

Kevin Wildermuth is a photographer/artist based in Seattle, Washington. He works in various 2D media, always in color,  primarily taking the approach of a documentary photographer. He has an overriding interest in the meaning of the cultures that he depicts and strives to make art with a point of view, art that comments on the human condition and especially on the cultural, social and political influences behind the everyday environment. The artist’s web site and resume can be seen at: http://kevinwildermuth.net/

Primary funding for this project via a CityArtists grant from:

Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs

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Alternate Views Debuts in Two Seattle Neighborhoods - Combining QR codes, smart phones and photography

Alternate Views Debuts in Two Seattle Neighborhoods - Combining QR codes, smart phones and photography

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Susan Holland 06.21.12 at 11:57 am

Very cool idea, and from the samples, very well done. Congratulations!

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Helen Lessick 07.04.12 at 11:52 am

Brilliant. This works on so many levels, and reflects well on Seattle. Go KW!

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