ReBlink is an exhibition from Alex Mayhew that blends traditional art with the latest in computer vision technologies to “re-mix” nine paintings in the AGO’s permanent collection, bringing them to life in a new light. ReBlink provides a modern day recasting of the past. It is a digital intervention project that refreshes the traditional gallery viewing experience. Facilitated by augmented reality technology and shape recognition, established works of art are layered with an alternate re-imagining of the work.
Using a custom app for smartphones and tablets, visitors use their device’s camera to unlock Mayhew’s modern twists on historical works of art. Mayhew highlights how much we have — and haven’t — changed over time, inviting visitors to look at paintings such as Evisceration of a Roebuck with a Portrait of a Married Couple, Drawing Lots and Marchesa Casati through his unique 21st century lens. By looking at a selected work using a smartphone or tablet, visitors will see something unexpected – the painting’s subjects coming alive, reflecting a vision of our daily reality in the 21st century.