History of Art


Research Seminar Series: Augmented Reality Monuments: Redefining monumental presence & public space

25 November 2021, 5:30 pm–7:00 pm

Augmented Reality Monuments

Augmented Reality Monuments: Redefining monumental presence and public space: Elizabeth Johnson (UCL).

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Helena Vowles-Shorrock – History of Art

As monuments across the world fell in response to the Black Lives Matter protests of summer 2020, augmented reality monuments appeared to offer a rapid and economical way to reimagine the landscape of public monuments. At a time when the Covid-19 global pandemic provoked an acceleration of digital viewing practices, contemporary artists, activists and educators embraced augmented reality monuments as a means to challenge the tradition of monuments as ossifications of hegemonic power and represent heterogeneous narratives and histories currently missing from the monumental landscape. Drawing from digital media studies, this paper explores how these practices redefine monumental presence and participate in a digital ecology producing a radical redefinition of public space. 

About the Speaker

Elizabeth Johnson

Research Fellow at UCL

Elizabeth Johnson is Henry Moore Foundation Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at University College London, where she is researching the role of digital technologies in redefining monumentality in contemporary art. She has previously held fellowships at the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution and the Vasari Research Centre for Art and Technology, Birkbeck. Her writing has been published in Sculpture Journal and The Object, edited by Antony Hudek (London and Cambridge, MA: Whitechapel and MIT Press, 2014). 

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