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"Reforestation of the Imagination" by Ginny Ruffner and Grant Kirkpatrick

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Published on Mar 22, 2018

REFORESTATION OF THE IMAGINATION (ROTI) is an exhibition conceived by Seattle artist, Ginny Ruffner and created with digital collaborator, Grant Kirkpatrick, to actualize the augmented reality component of the project.

ROTI was exhibited at MadArt Studio in Seattle, WA, January - March 2018

Viewers will enter a space filled with painted and colorless glass stumps, scattered logs of glass, hanging bare glass tree limbs and very large suspended sandblasted glass leaves. The central tree, made of various materials -fiberglass, bronze, plastic - that have survived this devastation, is returning to a familiar canopy shape. Its fruit-new ideas- will reseed the world.

The fragile environment, represented here as a denuded forest made of glass, seems devastated, but beautiful though invisible (in the conventional sense) regrowth is occurring. Viewers will be invited to download a free app to their smartphone, which will allow them to utilize their smartphone camera to view holograms growing from the tops of the stumps. Holograms of flowers and plants that have evolved into a radically different form will appear. This imaginary, potential beauty, revealed through augmented reality, is the forest reimagining itself.

The imagination can't be devastated. It just recreates itself.

Video by Amos Morgan

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