Last week, a dozen folks met at Noisebridge to chat about Augmented Reality and Film/Art. Born from the excellent ARDevCamp, this formally informal group of artists, filmmakers, technologists and coders continued the fresh dialog hatched at HackerDojo a couple weeks prior.
I got there early and decided to get a cup of coffee at the newly-relocated Cafe Prague across the street from Noisebridge. A couple of surprises; this new iteration is more cafe then coffee shop and @genebecker and @anselm were already there waiting for a table for dinner. We grabbed a table together and we had a great chat about AR and technology issues, in general.
Rumors of freshly baked cookies proved to be true and were a great way to start a meeting. (Thanks for the cookies, @apalindrome!)
Talks centered a lot of attempting to define the current state of the space. With more questions than answers, we exchanged ideas, hopes and leads while trying to "find the edges" of medium. I pitched my sniper-oriented AR idea in conjunction with my short graffiti film. (Basically, the same FPS idea that everyone wants but is seemingly impossible to deliver at this time in the evolution of the technology.) And we walked through a couple AR/film scenarios and the challenges - and possible solutions - to each.Anselm showed off some cool examples of existing AR and AR-inspired ideas and products and @apalindrome spoke briefly about the AR in relation to the differences between the narrative and experimental filmmaking. We veered a bit tangential when talking about the aesthetics of coding languages and the "art" inherent in the visualization and manipulation of information from a coding perspective but snapped back to wondering how the hell artists and programmers are ever going to meet much less actually work together.
We're meeting again on Saturday, January 16th at Noisebridge. Also, give Sid Gabriel's meetup a look.