The idea to the AR App 'WriteSpace' was born when I was thinking about the loss of handwriting in our daily lives. A rich cultural achievement is about to get lost forever if we continue to consider typing as the only future writing technique. My intention is to make the physical act of handwriting attractive to a young generation. I want to inspire people to continue to express themselves with their body, their movement, their uniqueness, their drawing.
My personal motivation as an artist is to use 'WriteSpace' as a tool for creating location-based artworks in a virtual (and real) public environment.
WriteSpace –Concept for an Augmented Reality App for leaving traces of drawing and writing in public virtual space / 2019 / 6 min 30 sec / Video
WriteSpace – Concept for an AR App
What if your phone was a pen and space your notebook? With the AR app 'WriteSpace' you can write or draw in AR and create location-based messages, words of love, signs of protest, reminders, doodles, or anything you want to express using your own individual handwriting. The app turns your smartphone into a pen. Your gestures are being recorded using your phone’s sensors responsible for precise geolocation and movement tracking. By moving your phone like a drawing tool you will leave a virtual trace in space that is visible through the phone’s display accessing the camera. Virtual ink responds to your movement‘s speed. Since it’s not a fat surface but 3dimensional space you are writing and drawing in, the written trace is also 3D like a sculpture floating in space and staying accurately where you created it. One can set the duration of visibility and invite friends by sending the gps data to visit the spot. One can also share a snapshot or video though the initial intention is to experience the artwork live, being aware of the whole spacial context. A map gives access to contemporary hand drawn and written traces around the globe and shows spots close to your current position.