Natures of Reality

NaturesOfRealityTriggerNatures of Reality is a mixed media exhibition by Lisa Birke at the Art Gallery of Regina (Oct 7th to Nov 30th, 2021) incorporating, digital video, CGI, and animation along with augmented reality content hosted by Shared Spaces.  

As part of the project, Birke worked with community members to create paper avatars that she animated using motion capture technology to speak their words. These stories, presented on monitors and cell phone-triggered augmented reality dispersed throughout the gallery, encompass diverse voices and perspectives. Gallery visitors are encouraged to walk between monitors and AR as the voices start and stop speaking, piecing together a personal narrative experience.  An animated 3D AR piece presents the slippery quality of language as the word "Reality" is reconfigured and rearranged and finally sprouts the word: "Natures" (made from digital ornamental plants) to create the show's title in the center of the gallery space.For more information on this exhibition, please visit: Current Exhibition at the AGR

NOTE: The AR content for this exhibition is currently only accessible in situ at the Gallery for the exhibition run.


Natures of Reality at the Art Gallery of Regina

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Lisa Birke, Natures of Reality, installation view(video projection, AR animated sculpture), 2021

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Lisa Birke, Natures of Reality, installation view (video projection, AR animation by Nicole
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Lisa Birke, Natures of Reality, installation view at the Art Gallery of Regina (video projection, animation on monitor, AR animated sculpture), 2021

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Lisa Birke, Natures of Reality, installation view (AR animated sculpture), 2021

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Lisa Birke, Natures of Reality, installation view (video projection, AR animated sculpture), 2021


Paper avatars and animations were created in collaboration with the following community members: shimby, Nicole Gaddie, Claire Yacishyn, Keshia Katie Hanson, Damian Thomas, Kamilla Wolk-Lind, and Yvonne Niegas.

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shimby, AR/digital animation (still), part of: "Natures of Reality" (Lisa Birke) at the Art Gallery of Regina, 2021

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Nicole Gaddie, AR/digital animation (still), part of: "Natures of Reality" (Lisa Birke) at the Art Gallery of Regina, 2021

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Claire Yacishyn, AR/digital animation (still), part of: "Natures of Reality" (Lisa Birke) at the Art Gallery of Regina, 2021

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Keshia Katie Hanson, AR/digital animation (still), part of: "Natures of Reality" (Lisa Birke) at the Art Gallery of Regina, 2021

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Damian Thomas, AR/digital animation (still), part of: "Natures of Reality" (Lisa Birke) at the Art Gallery of Regina, 2021

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Kamilla Wolk-Lind, AR/digital animation (still), part of: "Natures of Reality" (Lisa Birke) at the Art Gallery of Regina, 2021

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Yvonne Niegas, AR/digital animation (still), part of: "Natures of Reality" (Lisa Birke) at the Art Gallery of Regina, 2021


The artist recognizes the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Art Gallery of Regina and Common Weal Community Arts and wishes to thank Michael Fleig, Qihang Liang, and Leanne Read for production assistance and the community members for their participation. ​Natures of Reality includes animations created in collaboration with the following community members: Angel Hayden, Brita Lind, Claire Yacishyn, Damian Thomas, Dawn Thomas-Cameron, Deborah A. Stevens, Hani Rukh E Qamar, Joely BigEagle-Kequahtooway, Julie Gobeil, Kamilla Wolk-Lind, Karishma Joshi, Keshia Katie Hanson, Nicole Gaddie, Precious Tushabe-Torr, shimby, and Yvonne Niegas. Natures of Reality is sponsored by SaskTel.

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