Altar-n8 Realm

May 30, 2021 - August 31, 2021

︎ Opening exhibition on May 30th with APICC’s USAAF Chinatown event (More info coming soon)

Augmented reality outdoor exhibition / SF Chinatown

In collaboration with APICC’s United States of Asian America Festival, 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. From May 30th to August 31, 2021, 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?”

Featuring five Chinatown-based small businesses, Chinatown Kite Shop, Li Ly’s Hair Salon, Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory, Little Paris, and Washington Bakery and Restaurant, Macro Waves collective and artists Alice Yuan Zhang and Qianqian Ye will create AR art altar installations inspired by conversations with each business owner. Altar-n8 Realm is an exhibition that brings the physical into the virtual world, providing a safe space for viewers to experience art outdoors.

For those who cannot make the outdoor experience, the project will be available online through a mini-documentary highlighting each business and their relationship to Qingming, created in collaboration with Broad Target. Altar-n8 Realm reimagines the art experience as a way to build community through technology, meaningful collaboration, and direct support towards a sustainable future for our communities.

︎ Donate to our fundraiser to support the artists and small buisnesses involved in this project at our Gofundme page. Donations over $50 will be given a limited edition Altar-n8 Realm Zine that documents the AR exhibition.

︎ Mini documentaries of featured small businesses by Broad Target (coming soon).

Experience the AR exhibition by following these steps:

︎ Reserve your free ticket on Eventbrite.

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

︎ Follow self-guided walking tour map to find each participating business and AR altar artwork.

︎ When you get to Chinatown: Look out for the Altar-n8 Realm instructional posters located on the storefront of each partiicapitng business. Follow the provided instructions on the poster and Aero app to see each AR altar artwork.

︎ Download the Altar-n8 Realm map/instructions (coming soon).

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