Crossroads is a transformative augmented reality (AR) exhibition series that is the first of its kind in Cleveland. Crossroads provides audiences with a unique opportunity to experience art outdoors, across Cleveland communities, 24 hours a day. When viewed through a free app on a smartphone or tablet, the artwork in AR will appear over the featured public place. The artwork in Crossroads is intentionally commissioned in context with and connected to specific locations in Cleveland. The dialogues that occur between art and site will create new narratives to spark important conversations about our lives and communities at home and across the nation.
Still We Rise explores the forgotten or overwritten histories of Cleveland and its effects on race and neighborhoods.
The first installation of the Crossroads Exhibition Series Still We Rise will run July 16 through September 25, 2021. Still We Rise is Cleveland’s first-ever augmented reality (AR) exhibition. It will showcase the artwork of 12 Cleveland-area artists of color. Curated by Robin Robinson, Still We Rise explores the forgotten or overwritten histories of 6 east-side Cleveland communities. Examining aspects of race and neighborhood identity, each work of art is created in response to a public site of political, cultural, or historical significance with direct community engagement. An accompanying exhibition on view in The Sculpture Center galleries will display the physical artworks layered with dialogue and personal narratives of resilience. A downloadable map will guide users on a driveable tour to view the artworks and provide important contextual information.
Augmented Reality (AR) superimposes virtual objects and sound onto real-world environments, and delivers an interactive art experience. AR experiences only need a smartphone or tablet. Art viewed in AR suggests a new way of perceiving what is both there and not there, spoken and not spoken, and in our present and our past.
Robin Robinson is an award-winning artist, art educator, art therapist, and community activist. In 2015 Robin created the “Urban Renaissance with heART” program convinced of the healing power of community-driven public art. As the co-director of Sankofa Fine Art Plus, Robin is dedicated to bringing fine art out of the traditional, restrictive art venues, into the urban community in the form of co-creative, collaborative, socially relevant public art projects.