QR codes to download the Pioneer AR app

Apple iOS devices download
Android devices download

Apple iOS devices – iPhones model 7 and above, iPads etc

Android (requires Android 7.0 and up)

Check from a list of compatible Android phones https://developers.google.com/ar/device

Pioneers and Apparitions 24.09.22 Ugly Duck, London

Pop Up Exhibition: 

Pioneers and Apparitions

2pm – 9:30pm

Ugly Duck, 49 Tanner St, London SE1 3PL

This one-day exhibition showcases the cutting-edge augmented reality artworks of Luciana Haill and is the London premiere of Pioneer, an ambitious, augmented reality (AR) artwork which explores urgent contemporary themes around innovation, hubris and technology elitism through a reflection on Victorian engineering. The work juxtaposes Victorian engineer Magnus Volk’s unique seagoing electric train on stilts called ‘Pioneer’ (nicknamed ‘Daddy Long Legs’ (1896-1901) to contemporary mobile technologies such as augmented reality, 5G and SpaceX’s Starlink satellite network. 

Also, on show will be a newly updated version of Haill’s earlier series of augmented reality artworks entitled Apparitions, inspired by three Victorian landmarks lost in wars, storms and during rapid gentrification.

The artworks can be triggered using special apps and images or actually at the sites of lost heritage via geotagging. In the case of Pioneer, the AR artwork is geotagged in such a way that the seagoing train actually appears to travel along the original route of the tracks (between Brighton and Rottingdean) as you walk the coastal path.

The works are accompanied by immersive soundscapes which can be experienced using headphones or a wearable SUBPAC tactile audio system. 

The artist, Luciana Haill will be present and happy to demonstrate the works and answer questions.

Artist Talk Event: 

Pioneer: Art, Augmented Reality and Lost Heritage


Join artists Luciana Haill and Alex May for a discussion about how artists can work with augmented reality to explore lost heritage and contemporary issues around technology and gentrification, chaired by Anna Dumitriu. Luciana Haill will present Pioneer and Apparitions and the background to her practice and ideas including her work with EEG brainwave analysis to explore lucid dreaming. Alex May will discuss the process and challenges of bringing historical and natural forms into the world using augmented reality. The presentations will be followed by a discussion and a chance for the audience to ask questions.


Luciana Haill is a British contemporary artist working with new technologies, neuroscience, and the unconscious to make invisible mental processes visible. Her work explores lucid dreaming, meditation and nostalgia and she is known of as a pioneer of EEG art (working with brainwave analysis) as well as augmented reality art. She creates artworks which combine digital media, augmented reality, performance, drawing, sculpture, installation and binaural soundscapes. Her work has been shown internationally at locations including The Royal Academy (UK), Waag Society Amsterdam, The Psychedelic Society of The Netherlands, Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia, KIBLA in Slovenia, CENART in Mexico City, The Royal Institution (UK), and The Sage Gateshead (UK). 


Alex May is a British contemporary artist whose practice questions how our individual and collective experiences of time, and formation of memories and cultural record, are mediated, expanded, and directed by contemporary technologies. His international exhibition profile includes Ars Electronica, LABoral (Spain), IMPAKT (Netherlands), FACT (Liverpool), Furtherfield (London), WRO Media Art Biennale (Poland), HeK (Basel), The Francis Crick Institute, Bletchley Park, Eden Project, Science Gallery in Dublin (Ireland) and Bengaluru (India), ZHI Art Museum (China), and the Beall Center for Art + Technology, University of California, Irvine. Alex May has artwork in several collections including ZKM, The Amelia, The Computer Arts Society CAS50 collection, Eden Project and the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum. 

May worked as the creative technologist on Pioneer and on the latest version of Apparitions as well as collaborating with Anna Dumitriu on his own AR artwork Blue Flower.


Anna Dumitriu is an award-winning British artist who works with BioArt, sculpture, installation, and digital media to explore our relationship to infectious diseases, synthetic biology and robotics. Past exhibitions include ZKM, Ars Electronica, BOZAR, The Picasso Museum, HeK Basel, and MOCA Taipei. She holds artist-in-residence roles with the Modernising Medical Microbiology Project at the University of Oxford, and the National Collection of Type Cultures at the UK Health Security Agency. Current collaborations include the Institute of Epigenetics and Stem Cells at Helmholtz Zentrum in München and the University of Leeds. Anna Dumitriu has artwork in the collections of ZKM, The Computer Arts Society CAS50 collection, Eden Project and the Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum. Dumitriu mentored Luciana Haill as part of the Pioneer project.


Pioneer is supported by a project grant from Arts Council England 

Pioneers and Apparitions

24.09.22 : Ugly Duck warehouse, (in person) 2pm – 9:30pm
A free drop-in exhibition from 2pm-7.30pm with demonstrations of Pioneer and Apparitions in London. From 7.30pm a discussion will take place between creative technologist and Artist Alex May, chaired by Anna Dumitriu on AR in the arts in Ugly Duck, 49 Tanner St, London SE1 3PL. Close to London bridge train, its on the ground floor of the warehouse.

14th April – Pioneer entertaining presentation in The Catalyst club, Brighton

Starting at 8pm in Manchester Street, Brighton, the basement of The Latest Music bar

tickets available on the door

Do come along for 3 entertaining speakers, music and drinks

I will also have the new vinyl postcard record for sale !
14 – 17 Manchester Street BN2 1TF Brighton


The view from inside the 1896 train carriage in 4D software ( in progress )

Using GenieMo software I presented myself from inside the augmented reality model of the train designed by engineer Magnus Volk that launched in 1896, and modelled in Blender. The lighting is still to be worked on and my sitting on the leather couch needs improvemennt. You may notice behind me at the end is another screen showing me demonstrating the AR. Music by myself from 2006.

GenieMo #Playlabz #KinectDK #volumetriccapture #Pioneer_AR

Next public talk – The Catalyst Club, Brighton, 14.04.22

On Thursday 14th April 2022 I will be one of the speakers at Dr David Bramwell’s amazing Catalyst club with the latest about Pioneer AR and the vinyl postcard.

The Catalyst Club, starts at 8pm Latest music bar, 14 – 17 Manchester Street
Brighton, BN2 1TF. Tickets & information : https://catalystclub.co.uk

Pioneer in the fish tank

If you have the free postcard you can trigger an experience of Pioneer (Daddy long legs) anywhere you are if you select ‘postcard’ from main menu, here is one I made with my tropical fish :

You can hear the ‘By the sea’ sung by Stanley Kirkby I sampled in the original soundtrack from the ‘Pioneer_AR’ app playing with the aesthetic of the wax cylinder recording technique of the day ( 1896-1901 ).

Also featuring ‘Why Can’t we have the Sea in London?’ written and composed by Fred Godfrey & Billy Williams (1911) and an excerpt from Elgar’s Enigma Variations / Nimrod from 1901.


Pioneer the record, limited edition ‘vinyl 5″ postcard’ for sale

In addition to the augmented reality artwork of Daddy long legs in Brighton using the Pioneer AR app, I am pleased to announce a limited edition ( just 100 ) special postcards made by injection moulding technique that can be played on a normal record deck !

If you like to order this limited edition vinyl postcard now, please email me for an invoice and PayPal details. It is just £12.50 plus £1.50 UK shipping, international rates available from my Discogs market place and from Per Diem on Bandcamp

In addition, it also triggers a 3D version of a Technics record deck whilst playing the record using a special AR app for most Android phones !

With a dub aesthetic and inspired by Mark Stewart and the Maffia’s ‘Jerusalem’ from ‘Learning to Cope with Cowardice’ album mixed in with William Burroughs, HG Wells and Elgar’s Nimrod variations, the music is made by myself and partner in ‘PerDiem’ band.

We orginally considered waiting to release it on Bandcamp on 24.12.21 which is the next date of ‘Bandcamp Fridays’ when the organisation have waived their fees and given their share directly to artists and independent labels.

However we have released – click here for Per Diem on Bandcamp