Richard Humann is a New York City-based American neo-conceptual artist. His art delves deep into concept and ideas, and he uses a multitude of materials to create his installations, sculptures, videos, and sound projects. His newest tool is Augmented Reality and he is currently working closely with Jay Van Buren, and his New York-based company Membit..
Membit is a new way to share memories. When you make a membit, you leave an image in place for other Membit users to find and enjoy. With Membit, you can share the past of a place with the present, or share the present of a place with the future.
I recently discovered Membit during a talk by Jay Van Buren at AWE 2017 and was instantly intrigued. Intrigued enough to meet with Jay and Richard during a recent trip to NYC.
Richard recently launched an AR collaboration called "Ascension" with Membit for the 2017 Venice Biennale, arguably one of the most high profile and important art exhibitions in the world. Jay and Richard sought to overlay the magic of Augmented Realty over the equally magical city of Venice.
“Ascension,” by Richard Humann
Through November 26, 2017
At Palazzo Mora, Strada Nova, 36121 Venice Italy
During the 2017 Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
For me, it was all about the art. My work, as the artist, was to create an art installation that’s new, different, and compelling using science and technology that’s just as cutting edge. For “Ascension” I developed contemporary star constellations. This might conceptually blur the precision of what science historically has defined our constellations to be, but the concept of the artwork was the driving force that was used to realize the work and augment what we know with current day idols- Richard Humann
All the individual pieces were created by Richard to be brought to life in the night sky by Membit. When in Venice for the biennale you can use Membit to access "Ascension". The project has been marked with #ascension so you’ll be seeing only the membits that are part of this work as pins on the map scattered throughout the six districts of Venice. Use the map to walk to the location of the work then hold up your iPhone or iPad and you’ll see an image of the “Ascension” constellation there in the sky above you.
Membit is a geolocative photo sharing app that allows pictures to be placed and viewed in the exact location they were captured. Membit’s patented Human Positioning System™ allows for markerless Augmented Reality to be used anytime, anywhere, by anyone. With Membit, users can share the past of a place with the present, or share the present of a place with the future. Last year Membit won the TechCrunch New York Pitch-off which secured them a table in Start-up Alley at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco. MacWorld named Membit one of the “20 most fascinating” apps at the conference and declared Membit to be “the closest thing we’ve seen to a time-machine.