Kids today are very techie. You could see babies who could operate a tablet or a phone before they even walk. So why not put this knowledge on to use? This year, Gateway Gallery launched: “SiningLakbay: Philippine History in Augmented Reality.” It’s a project that marries art and technology to give not only kids, but also all of it’s visitors, a more enhanced experience of its long term collection.
SiningLakbay is spearheaded by artists, filmmakers, historians, curators, editors and technology providers. The project aims to be a platform for gallery guests to have a more enriched experience of SiningSaysay, which was their project last year. It is a collection of 30 large history paintings that resulted from the collaboration between the University of the Philippines and the Araneta Center. It also aims to create awareness of history among the youth, hence, they used digital technology to appeal their interest.
10 among all the paintings will show about 2-3 minute videos when you scan the painting using the app, LayAR which can be downloaded for free on iOS and Android devices. The videos are accurate historical accounts of events depicted in the painting, It has narration on the chapters of Philippine history.
I personally enjoyed the tour which will only last about 30 minutes total. I would like to encourage the parents, schools and teachers to bring the kids because in SiningLakbay, they could learn the history while having fun. The use of Augmented Reality (AR) was truly a great idea to get the kids of today interested in history.
Sining Lakbay Exhibit is being held in Gateway Gallery at the 5th Level of Gateway Tower, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City. ENTRANCE IS FREE TO THE PUBLIC. The exhibit is open everyday from 10:00 A.M to 7:00 P.M.