‘Heritage Carrot’ is a site-specific augmented reality (AR) poem which takes place at Hulme Community Garden Centre, Manchester, and uses the audience’s own smartphone combined with a free app, Aurasma, to navigate and view the poem. The augmented layers are activated using a marker attached to a plant label and positioned next to the carrot plants, thus the actual plant is augmented via content on the audience’s smartphone. The poem is explored through a series of audio visual sequences that the audience interact with through the screen of their smartphone. Rather than a visual interpretation of poetic language, or an illustration of the poem, the experience will take the audience through the layers of the poem, for example, an animated sequence of a seed dispersed through time, transforming in the earth it finds in each new country. The poem will use the metaphor of digging in allowing the audience to both interact with the poem and their surroundings.
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