My current artworks are titled ‘Apparitions‘ fusing my nostalgia for bygone heritage with the future for the town and its digital tourism identity. They are an urgent exploration of memory, decay & changes in a seaside town facing gentrification using an app I designed and augmented reality (AR) to add historical & surreal layers on smartphones.

I will be attending on 17.09.19 Glitches and Ghosts, an interdisciplinary conference at Lancaster University to present ‘Apparitions: augmented reality conjuring phantasms creating a nostalgia for a future we cannot experience’ with my investigation into AR, Hastings heritage and hauntology.

All these places no longer exist; the Clocktower was damaged by arson and subsequently demolished in 1973, the pier suffered bomb damage in World War II and then severe gale damage and was demolished in 1951, while the beach huts were destroyed in a storm in 1905 and almost all of their contents washed out to sea.

“The real no longer exists –

it has no relation to any reality whatsoever;
it is its own pure simulacrum…

 It plays at being an appearance – it is of the order of sorcery…

It is no longer of the order of appearances, but of simulation. “

Apparitions Logo smallI designed an app and storyboarded the user interface screens and produced some of the content, also employing expert designers in 3D software and a specialist developer for the programmable main part. The teapot was chosen in part as it represents the only surviving possession from when the Beach Huts were destroyed and their contents washed out to sea as it was rescued after being seen bobbing about in the sea on the shore the next day.

The teapot was brought to my house, along with the family member of the Bexhill beach huts episode , and I immediately found it to be emlematic – there is something particularly evocative about this item, it is the sole survival of the storm that destroyed the huts and so I had it made in 3D and attached prominent use in Apparitions’ interface:

Within the app, the teapot becomes an unlikely but quintessentially English symbol of survival and continuity.

Download the app for iOS free here