The Metaverse & Me

The Metaverse & Me is a virtual and/or physical installation. It features 10 artworks that combine cutting-edge digital animation with a stunning soundtrack to create 10 bespoke and unique augmented reality experiences. Each painting contains a virtual show that remains hidden until viewed through a mobile phone. It is as if each painting comes to life to reveal a poignant hidden narrative.

  • Deepa Mann-Kler
    Discover ME; AR Peace Wall; AR Street Art; BreatheVR; RETNE
  • Eva Robinson
    AR Peace Wall
  • Sinead Burns
    AR Peace Wall
  • Josh McAvoy
    AR Peace Wall
  • Eoin Peel
    Lead Artists
  • Project Type:
    Augmented Reality
  • Minimum Runtime:
    30 minutes
  • Maximum Runtime:
    30 minutes
  • Average Runtime:
    30 minutes
  • Variable Runtime Details:
    There are 10 pieces of artwork. Each comes with its own augmented reality and soundtrack. It is the viewer's discretion how long they spend at each painting.
  • Completion Date:
    June 20, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Deepa Mann-Kler

Deepa Mann-Kler is an award winning artist, Director, Producer and Chief Executive of Neon; Executive Director for Virtual Production with Aura Studios; Director for Belfast XR Festival; Executive Producer; Visiting Professor in Immersive Futures at Ulster University and a member of BAFTA Connect. Neon harnesses the power of immersive technologies to create authentic augmented and virtual reality narrative driven experiences. This year the company launched AR Peace Wall and AR Street Art apps freely available on iOS and Play Store. As a TEDx speaker and thought leader Deepa regularly keynotes on the intersection of digital transformation, technical innovation, inclusion, ethics, bias, data, AI, design and creativity. | |

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Director Statement

The Metaverse & Me reflects my value basis. TMAM is telling us stories of relationships through art and tech. Relationships in my family, the space we occupy and within society. The creation of the show is bookended by my parents passing - my father in 2016 - when I stopped painting and started my XR company and my mother in 2023 as we worked on this show. We explore themes of life, death, gender, race, consumerism and social media. In R U Ok? the viewer is the human content where 90% of the world's data was generated in the last two years alone and 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are created daily. TMAM is about social change with 10 pieces of physical artworks, utilising augmented reality in 2 and 3D digital animations, each with a unique soundtrack. We fuse technology with human presence and the 3 elements of physical, digital and music work seamlessly together. Culture generates social capital and strengthens a community's character. We want this experience to bring people together to see, hear and feel shared stories that inspire reflection and form connections to transcend differences.