Eric’s Story – Xhibit

Date: April 18, 2018
Category Exhibition
Topic Augmented Reality

Eric’s Story is an augmented reality iPad application that tells the story of Eric Garner, an African American man who was strangled by a New York City police officer in 2014. The application features eight news clips, organized chronologically, that portray the event from various points of view. It also presents the names of 29 unarmed African Americans killed by police in the United States since 1999. The goal of this application is to prompt people to reflect upon the story of Eric Garner in a platform that juxtaposes the events of 2014 against one’s everyday life. In so doing, the application underscores the singular tragedy of Garner’s death while also illuminating how commonplace events like this have become in the United States.

Eric’s Story was chosen to be presented at University of The Arts London’s Xhibit 2018. Exhibit is a showcase of UAL students from across the 6 colleges and takes place from 19th April – 12th May at Art Bermondsey Project Space in London.

In order to prepare for Xhibit, I needed to create a way for my iPad to be safely displayed in a gallery space. To do this I created a stand with a security cable attached  to a lazy Susan to allow for participants to move around the stand and explore the videos.

Eric’s Story is built using ARKit and Swift.  All images were taken by UAL student Zaigham Butt and provided to me by Arts SU.