You may not believe your eyes this summer as the AGO offers you a magical new way to experience art. From Toronto-based digital artist Alex Mayhew comes ReBlink, an innovative augmented reality experience that will tap the power of leading-edge technology to give visitors the chance to see works from the AGO Collection (Canadian and European) in a whole new way.
Mayhew highlights how much we have and haven’t changed in 150 years since Canada’s confederation, inviting visitors to look at historic paintings through a unique 21st century lens. Visitors will see something unexpected – the painting’s subjects coming alive, reflecting a vision of our daily reality in the 21st century.
Alex Mayhew would like to thank the team for all their hard work, creativity and support:
Developer and technical artist
Lead Production Artist
Creative & Business Consultant
Special thanks to: Conor Holler, Amit Breuer, Nigel Newton, Senait Gebremeskel, Hamza Asif, Maggie Greyson, Lyra Westecott, Emma Westecott, Mary Tsilka, Laura and John McCabe, Lucy Mayhew, Andronika Kelso, Marion Kelso, Tarik El-Khateeb, Mudit Ganguly, Corey Dean, Aaron Bosnjak, Janine White, Orbital Arts, Ryan Miller and Reptoid Games, OCE, OCADU, Greg Singer, Heather Robson, Hart Reed, Marcelo Luft, Egill ViD Arsson, Sally Luc, Robert Gould, Hugh Spencer, Alan Gordon, Monica Contreras, Helen Galligan, Andy Webb and Lou Reed.
- Minor visual improvements to some paintings
- New splash screens
Ratings and Reviews
A great use of AR
Alex Mayhew and team have created a magical experience that overlays a contemporary twist on classic paintings on display at the AGO. ReBlink critiques many aspects of modern society, using emerging technology to reflect on social and cultural changes. I was impressed by the scale and the range of the ambition of the project which succeeds in creating a new way of engaging with art in a gallery setting.
Amazing talent and magic!
Alex has created a magical world out of selected classical paintings to deepen the themes contained in them. My first experience with AR, and it was truly eye opening. Thanks Alex.
A start, needs refining
While this is an excellent engagement tool for an Art Gallery, it has three major problems.
1. It demolishes battery life.
2. The transitions from still to AR are overwrought and unnecessary. Find something simpler and faster. Get to the experience.
3. The opening credits last way too long and should be dispensed with - I don’t care what the reason is for them being there. Put them somewhere else and get to the experience.
- Alex Mayhew
- 651 MB
- Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 9+ for the following:
- Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
- © Impossible Things
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.