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Becoming Biodiversity App Available

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My augmented reality art app is FREE in the app stores

  Available for Android

  Available for iOS

  Audio-only version, available for unsupported devices, or if you choose sound as your preferred form of augmented reality.

  Explore local, ecological networks through mixed-reality storytelling and animation overlays in a park in New York City.

  The experience is an embodied one, designed to connect humans with the biodiversity, symbioses, and unseen worlds in public park spaces.

  Site specific to a trail in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in New York, but it can be used anywhere. Go outside for best experience.

Scan these codes with your phone to download the app, or click on them to open in the app store you use. It’s free, and without advertising.

This artwork is a guided tour which allows us to inhabit the worlds of multiple species along an urban park trail, allowing them to become visible and “sense-able” to us. The viewer re-enacts stories from the perspectives of non-humans; playing the part of a plant calling out to a bird to help with pest control, an ant planting spring flowers while simultaneously feeding her babies, an underground fungal network delivering goods to struggling trees, and a cormorant searching for a meal in a man-made lake in Queens, NY.

There are 8 scenes, each takes place at Willow Lake, on the South end of Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The starting point for the app tour is the East entrance of the Pat Dolan Trail, right after walking over the Van Wyck Expressway pedestrian bridge. The tour takes about 26 minutes and the one-way walk down the trail is less than a mile. You can also use the app in your local park, GPS is not required.

Becoming Biodiversity on the Pat Dolan Trail, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, NY.

Thank you to collaborators Josh Rodenberg, Danielle McPhatter, and Jayne Kennedy. And project supporters Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center, NY, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, and the New York Urban Field Station, a partnership between NYC Parks, the US Forest Service, and the Natural Areas Conservancy, NY.

  • More info about the site, process, and people involved in this artwork here.
  • My research bibliography is here
  • And my app privacy policy is here.
  • Opening events to celebrate the app are announced here.

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