Imagining a false nostalgia

St Leonards Pier (1891-1951) – come visit us for a pa-rom-pe pom-pe pom and a ‘rinkey dinkey parley vous’  in these anachronistic soundscapes triggered with each postcard. This was the more sophisticated pier, with a ‘Kursaal’ and a skating rink, who would you meet, under the electric lights along this 960 ft long promenade?

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Apparitions is new artwork, employing ‘augmented reality’ to deliver alternate and hauntological versions of sites you have never visited, perhaps already you miss them dearly.

Don’t miss out –  just sign up here and we will email you the download link for the iOS app (free) as soon as it is available.. public release date 01.09.18 – Android is planned too.


The 3 Apparitions triggers

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Apparition 1 : Death of a beach hut:


In 1905 there was a huge storm on the south coast which swept all the Bexhill beach huts away, in this Apparition the only survivor is a steel teapot, bobbing about on the shore.
Hear the soundscape of this scene from a voice from the past.

After the Storm, Bexhill 26.11.1905Beach hut target

Apparition 2 : St Leonards Pier

PastedGraphic-1In under 3 minutes you will hear a binaural soundscape spanning the lifetime of this site, its music, wooden floor skating, angling, bowling, paddle steamers and a travelling zoo and storm damage. The model of the pier spectrally floats when viewing this postcard from 1909.

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Apparition 1 : The Memorial Clocktower, Hastings


A 21 gun salute, a flood so heavy row boats were used to pass by, the first Armistice day, a low flying Messerschmidt plane and exploding clock face, trams, trolley buses, cars and arson, the life of this site is relayed in an immersive binaural 3D soundscape.

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Apparitions‘ is a new augmented reality art project that reveals the ghosts of historic lost landmarks in Hastings ( The Memorial clocktower), St Leonards (the pier) and Bexhill ( beach huts ) evoking a hauntology that can be described as a “nostalgia for lost futures.”

The artworks each with a time-travelling immersive audio experience, will be launched on 1st September 2018. Each can be triggered on smartphones by viewing the special limited edition postcards within the IOS app, I am happy to send to anyone who would like to try it.

The project received generous support from Arts Council England, HBC Hastings Museum & Art Gallery, Judge Sampson Ltd postcards and Coastal Currents , DeuXality Games, Kinicho, Alex May , Junglis Monk, Barry Hale, Giorgia Lacey-Colley and Anna Dumitriu.

I realised these obliterated sites hold a certain power by their unmarked absence, no blue plaques or souvenirs, they are only visible in local museums and old postcards. Mark Fisher popularised the use of Jacques Derrida’s concept of hauntology to describe a pervasive sense in which contemporary culture is haunted by the “lost futures” of modernity, which failed to occur or were cancelled by postmodernity and neoliberalism.

Apparitions will be live from 01.09.18 with a showcase event all day in Hastings Museum on 22.09.18 and an artists talk with interactive demonstrations in Printed Matter Bookshop Hastings on 05.09.18 at 6pm.

Thank you to all who have guided, worked and supported me.

Bringing back the Bygone

The Hastings Observer newspaper has kindly mentioned my artwork Apparitions. Using ‘Augmented Reality’ on their smartphones, the audience are taken back in time with models and soundscapes encapsulating the life span of missing heritage gems in the local area ; St Leonards Pier and Clocktower Memorial.

Two dates for the diary  -19.09.18 and 22.09.18 when you can experience it without knowing how or why, or owning a smartphone. We will show you how and enlighten you with the history, technology and interactive art engagements at The Azur luncheon and free drop in event in Hastings museum.

AR Art

Exploring the decay & changing nature of a seaside town now facing gentrification & associated social & cultural conflicts in a series of artworks where just a trace remains in St Leonards & Hastings. The audience is everyone with a mobile phones to view the augmented reality (AR) recreations & historical narratives, I will make ‘british ghosts walk in public.’

I can trigger missing Victorian architecture resurrecting them as 3D models attached to soundscapes with embedded stories triggered by vintage postcards & GPS locations of demolished sites : St Leonards pier & The Memorial Clocktower

Palace_pier_night_triggerMemorial Clocktower Victorian

Apparitions at The Azur

I took the ‘Apparitions‘ proof of concept basic model of The Memorial ( clocktower 1864-1974 ) to Lord Brett’s luncheon club where the guests explored it on iPhone and iPad, sometimes the AR appears at weird  tangents and inappropriate places, adding to the surreal exploration. Lots of interesting questions from the guests are leading my research this week with my assistant Callum Sulsh.

I will be returning in September to the luncheon at The Azur in St Leonards, dates tbc.

The Palace Pier

Heritage of Hastings & St Leonards in AR : preservation in augmented reality application for smart phones Android and iPhone ( free download in 2018 )

Also known as The Palace Pier and renamed the The New Palace Pier

4652825497_0498787555_bThis image will have embedded AR code for triggering a 3D model

This is Beta testing stage currently