Rum Vävda, Sweden’s first national augmented reality exhibition

Woven rooms (Woven places) is Sweden’s first national augmented reality exhibition. The project features ten virtual public works of art in nearly half of Sweden’s municipalities that are transforming the perception of urban space through a variety of interventions, from sculptural social networks to reindeer hordes and water spirits, shaped by local climate data. The exhibition can be viewed in over 130 locations across Sweden on the Vävda rum app from May 20 to September 30, 2023.

The works, created by ten contemporary artists from Sweden, use the latest technological advances in augmented reality, scalable network infrastructure and similar technologies to create an immersive experience that goes beyond anything previously done in the field. A woven room aims to create shared experiences in public space, focusing on what unites us and unites us. Visitors have the opportunity to rediscover their own surroundings and discover new perspectives on familiar places through exciting and thought-provoking experiences on topics such as the environment, community, storytelling, the body, aging and the threats and potential of technology in shaping ourselves and our surroundings.

Each graphic is adapted to a public space, such as a square, fountain or empty lot. In the participating municipalities, one or more local arts and cultural associations have placed ten works of art in appropriate public spaces where they can be viewed in augmented reality. The artworks are interactive and several are virtually interconnected, allowing visitors in different locations to interact with each other.

With around 620 member associations and a nationwide network of exhibition organizers, the Riksförbundet Sveriges Konstföreningar (National Association of Swedish Art Societies) strives to make contemporary art accessible to everyone, regardless of where they live. A woven room is part of their 50th anniversary and creates an opportunity for intergenerational encounters, bringing together local and regional art and cultural life across the country. The project is also exploring new infrastructure for large-scale exhibition formats with a minimal ecological footprint and high dissemination potential.

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