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Art and AR converge in Belfast for major new exhibition

  • Titanic Belfast will mark a new artistic milestone this summer when it hosts The Danger Tree, a major exhibition commemorating World War I. 

    Comprising a collection of original paintings and limited-edition prints, the free exhibition uses augmented reality (AR) software to bring each piece alive through poetry, animation and music.

    Visitors to the month-long exhibition starting August 2 will be invited to watch as the paintings are transformed into an immersive 3D experience, using hand-held devices and earphones, with each telling the compelling story of a different soldier who fought and fell in the Great War from 1914 to 1918.

    Created by award-winning artists Scarlett Raven and Marc Marot, The Danger Treeis a first for Ireland and follows critically-acclaimed showcases in London, Manchester and Liverpool.

    The world class exhibition will be hosted in Titanic Belfast’s stunning Andrews Gallery.  It has been brought to life by award-winning film set designer Kave Quinn and will provide visitors with a unique experience designed to engage and enthral.

    Scarlett Raven, co-creator of The Danger Tree, said: 

    “Titanic Belfast is an iconic, inspirational venue which combines history, heritage and technology to leave visitors with a unique sense of experience and participation.

    “The Danger Tree exhibition delivers that same impact, allowing visitors to unlock an exciting and new creative journey using a smartphone app that encompasses multiple layers of art, poetry, animation and music in a first for Ireland.

    Co-creator Marc Marot said:

    “The men and women of Belfast and Northern Island sacrificed so much in the Great War and we hope that our exhibition helps in commemorating their sacrifice in some small way.

    “Augmented reality is an outstanding way to inform, engage and entertain and we’re excited to be a part of bringing this trailblazing experience to a new generation of visitors in Northern Ireland and Ireland.”

    The poetry of legendary war poets including Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon and Rupert Brooke is narrated by award-winning actors including Sean Bean, Christopher Eccleston and Stephen Graham, who provide moving readings to complement the work.

    A bespoke music score for each piece has been composed by Reservoir Dogs film composer Marc Canham to bring the exhibition to life.

    The Danger Tree collection was originally launched, to great acclaim, with a month-long exhibition in London in July 2016. The exhibition has toured to Liverpool’s Martin Luther King Jnr Building at Albert Dock and, more recently, to Manchester Central Library in spring 2018.

    Scarlett’s and Marc’s work is exclusively published by Washington Green Fine Art, the UK’s leading art publisher, and is available to buy from Castle Fine Art galleries and at the exhibition at Titanic Belfast.

    For more information, visit www.TitanicBelfast.com/Dangertree

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