Folklorica is a new augmented reality experience for visitors to Warwick Arts Centre, created by Coventry-based artist Edie Jo Murray.
Folklorica brings to life a series of animated digital sculptures inspired by the folklore and legends of the University of Warwick campus and its surroundings in Coventry and Warwickshire. Ancient legends such as Coventry’s elephant and castle and Warwickshire’s bear and ragged staff, which both feature on the University crest, meet contemporary icons such as Rolf the campus cat in this alternative reality.
Visitors can access the experience by using their mobile device to scan a QR code on a number of coloured floor stickers outside the Arts Centre. This launches a website which allows you to view the digital sculptures through the camera on your phone, as if the artworks were in real-world space in front of you. You can ‘place’ the sculptures anywhere in the vicinity of the Arts Centre, and then walk around, zoom in and out and resize them. Taking inspiration from the University of Warwick’s sculpture trail, Folklorica invites visitors to interact with the artworks and think about where to place them.
Folklorica encourages us to think about our connection to the local region, and consider the role that art plays on the University campus. The individual sculptures feature uniquely crafted digitally-sculpted, painted and animated elements that Edie has produced in direct response to our location. Although it’s a digital artwork, Edie still crafts her work by hand as a traditional artist might, and combining this approach with technology is an integral part of her creative process. The animation of these local symbols and characters brings a playfulness to the work – the result is a fun experience which can be enjoyed by all ages.
Folklorica is available for free from 17 May 2021 throughout Coventry UK City of Culture 2021 – look out for the QR codes on coloured floor stickers outside the Arts Centre to try it yourself. The experience is also accessible at folklorica.art Don’t forget to send us screenshots of your discoveries on Instagram, using the hashtag #folklorica!
Edie Jo Murray is a Coventry-based artist with a desire to disrupt reality and an interest in the urban mythologies which inform the identities of particular places. She is a graduate of the University of Warwick’s MA in Digital Media and Culture (2020), an Artist Fellow at Birmingham Open Media and an alum of Vivid Project‘s Black Hole Club. Past work includes commissions from Coventry City of Culture 2021, the Open Data Institute and Coventry’s Herbert Art Gallery & Museum.
Commissioned by Warwick Arts Centre