As a new chapter of the artist’s ongoing series The Fallen Sky Chronicles, Lapse consists of six interwoven components: The Visions & The Collective, a series of publically accessible murals; The Sounds, a GPS-based audio soundscape discoverable on Miami’s downtown MetroMover; The Writings, a virtual walking prose experience in Museum Park; The Sculpture, an augmented experience triggered by a public sculpture; and The Moment, a site-specific exhibition at Locust Projects’ space in the Miami Design District.
Connecting each of these six components is Lapse, a custom mobile application which Depeña created with the help of The Heavy Projects, a software engineering firm based in Southern California. Through groundbreaking augmented reality (AR), technology, Lapse responds to triggers and activates each of the components by revealing virtual and auditory experiences with a mobile device’s camera lens and sound output. The Lapse mobile app can be downloaded onto a devise at www.lapsemiami.com.
Dissolving the boundaries of physical reality and an alternative, virtual world, Lapse furthers The Fallen Sky Chronicles short story narrative, which imagines a disruption of real-world time and space. Confronting a moment of transcendence in human consciousness, Lapse exposes a world where “the delicate stitches holding their realities together, and those of other dimensions, had begun to intertwine and unravel.” (Excerpt from The Fallen Sky Chronicles). Presupposing the inversion of the “singularity”, a term used to define the hypothetical event when artificial intelligence surpasses that of humans, Lapse imagines our brains being fused with technology, revealing an augmented consciousness imbued with images and data. In this way it creates a space to both revere and meditate on our increasingly technologically entwined lives.
Download the Lapse mobile app onto a devise at www.lapsemiami.com to experience the following:
A series of virtual murals inspired by the invisible data and information that is constantly being transmitted between and around us. Using the Lapse app as a discovery tool, look for large painted trigger images that resemble pixels painted on the wall. Hold your device’s camera up to the trigger to reveal the virtual layers, designed by Depeña. The Visions can be found on the exterior wall of Locust Projects, 3852 North Miami Avenue, on the Cultural Plaza façade of Miami-Dade Public Library, 101 Flagler Street, and scattered throughout Miami’s downtown. Use the map included in Lapse to discover additional sites.
Created in collaboration various artists as the main contributors of content. This experience allows you to explore the city and uncover smaller visual compositions that extend the virtual mural series (“The Visions”). The locations of the work are not on the map – you discover the trigger images painted, stenciled, or applied in random locations throughout the city. Contributing artists include: Alan Gutierrez, Brian Butler, Dana Donaty, Jim Drain, Justin H. Long, Kelley Johnson, Kevin Arrow, Barron Scherer, Domingo Castilo, Moira Holohan, Wendy Wischer, John F. Simon Jr, Nathan Selikoff, Jillian Mayer, John Bailly, Natalia Bailly, Caleb Saul, Nick Bloomberg, Matthew Steele, Isaac Payne, Stephen Hayes, Todd Stewart and others to be added continuously.
Produced in collaboration Brad Laner, who is best known as the founder of the “shoegaze” band Medicine. Laner worked with Depeña’s concept and contributed an interactive musical composition for users traveling on the MetroMover, Miami’s above-ground public rail system. The Omni Loop features harmonic layering that is triggered by GPS location at each station. The Sounds results in the creation of a multi-sensory sonic landscape and because of the different elements in play, no two iterations of this score will ever be the same.
Created in collaboration with Miami-based artist Jillian Mayer, this experience consists of a virtual walk-through prose experience that takes place throughout Museum Park in downtown Miami. Mayer worked with Depeña’s concept and helped create “excerpts” from a fictional notebook that reveal various thoughts scribbled down in various states of altered consciousness. Time, memory, love, reality are all issues that flash through the mind of the author as they fade in and out. The Writings is triggered by following icons that appear on your screen according to your GPS location at Museum Park.
This augmented experience activated through Arc, a public art sculpture in Aventura, FL. The physical sculpture, created by Depeña for a prior Miami-Dade Art in Public Places commission, was designed using the wind data from Hurricane Wilma, which destroyed the previous library that existed on the site. Using the Lapse app as a discovery tool, visitors will be able to visualize “virtual wind currents”, generated in real time flowing around the sculpture.
In conjunction with the launch of Lapse, Locust Projects is pleased to present The Moment, a site-specific installation at Locust Projects’ exhibition space in the Miami Design District. The Moment consists of a multi-media installation featuring a structure based on the archetype of a suburban house, which has been broken in half to reveal a light-filled, geode-like interior. As described in The Fallen Sky Chronicles, the installation illustrates the instant when a breakthrough to an alternate world occurs, the first event in the sequence unlocking the augmented reality dimension. The exhibition is accompanied by an installation of one of The Visions murals on the south exterior of Locust Projects’ exhibition space. The Moment (Compiled Process), also activated by Lapse to reveal a kaleidoscopic burst of color and movement.
Additional Support from:
UNC Charlotte School of Architecture
McColl Center for Arts and Innovation
Software Commissioned by:
Miami-Dade County Art in Public Places
Artist / Concept:
Ivan Toth Depeña
AR Software Support:
Art Direction and Graphic Design of the Mobile App:
Ivan Toth Depeña + Chris Pacetti
Overall App Soundtrack and Composition of “The Sounds”: