Altar-n8 Realm

Outdoor Augmented Reality Art Tour
San Francisco, Chinatown
Exhibition On View: May 30, 2021 - August 31, 2021

Macro Waves presents Altar-n8 Realm, an outdoor augmented reality (AR) art exhibition in support of small businesses in San Francisco’s Chinatown, honoring our ancestors through virtual offerings of food, prayer, and reflection.

Viewers are welcome to experience the exhibition as an interactive walking art tour of Chinatown using smartphones. In response to the global pandemic and the current hate crimes against Asian Americans, Altar-n8 Realm fosters recovery, resilience, and regeneration in the Chinatown community by utilizing interactive technology as a form of storytelling, uplifting Chinatown voices in support of small businesses. Inspired by the Qingming Festival traditions, Altar-n8 Realm poses the question, “how can offerings form a spiritual bond between our ancestors and our present self?”


Self Guided Augmented Reality Walking Tour

Join us for the tour by taking these first steps!

1.  Reserve your free ticket on Eventbrite.

2.  Download the Adobe Aero app to your mobile device. (Fully supported on iPhone and limited compatibility with Android).

3.  Download the Altar-n8 Realm Map & Instructions.

4.  When you get to each participating business, locate the poster instructions on the business storefront and follow the instructions to see each AR altar

(If a business is closed and you cannot access the posters you can access each AR altar here).


Recorded Video Tour

Altar-n8 Realm is an exhibition that brings the physical into the virtual world, providing a safe space for viewers to experience art outdoors and online. For those who cannot make the outdoor experience, we will be offering an online video recording of the AR experience.

︎ Access Augmented Reality Altars 

Documentary Release

Collaborators Broad Target directed a mini-documentary series highlighting the story of each particpating business and their relationship the rituals and traditions of Qingming Festival.

︎ Access Documentary Videos

✨️ Collaborators & Contributors ✨️

Altar-n8 reimagines the art experience as a way to build community through technology, meaningful collaboration, and direct support towards a sustainable future for our communities. We partnered up with other BIPOC artists, designers and creative technologist to created AR art altar installations inspired by conversations with a diverse community of Chinatown-based small businesses.

✨️Make a donation to the project ✨️

This project was funded by a small project grant and created with time and energy donated from our members and our collaborators. Please consider supporting the artists and small businesses involved in this project by visiting our Gofundme page.

Donations over $50 will be given a limited edition Altar-n8 Realm Zine that documents the AR exhibition.
For more informaiton about the project, please check out our Press Release.

Community Altar & Festival

Join us for the  Chinatown: Our Future Is Now! Event on Sunday, May 30, 2021 (1-6pm) at Portsmouth Square Chinatown. Presented in partnership with APICC’s United States of Asian American Festival, Altar-n8 Realm will be kicking off the project with a physical and virtual community altar designed by Jeffrey Yip featuring offerings from Close Isn’t Home 3D resource platform, by and for BIPOC identities.

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