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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

This is a ticket only event 7.30pm -9.30pm

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.

Pioneer is supported by a project grant from Arts Council England 

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25.07.22 : Maker Monday (online, free stream) 7pm
Sharing how I brought The Pioneer, a sea-faring train back to life from 1896 using augmented reality for @Maker_Monday online, 25.07.22 at 7pm
register for your free stream ticket :

17.05.22 : I am one of three experts at The Catalyst club in Shoreham’s @ropetackleart Tuesday 17th may from 7.30pm – tickets from

14.04.22 : Brighton Catalyst Club, 8pm Latest music bar, 14 – 17 Manchester Street
Brighton, BN2 1TF. Tickets & information :

08.12.21 : Catalyst Club, Lewes Arms, Lewes , ‘Pioneer AR’ 15 minute presentation
(book tickets here, limited capacity ) – it’s a night with 3 speakers and much cheer !

28.11.21 : 125 year anniversary of Pioneer’s launch (photos of waving ceremony)

10.11.21 : Bavard Bar, Kino Teatr, St Leonards, ‘Pioneer AR’ 15 minute presentation

06.11.21 : Launched on during Brighton Digital Festival (photos of talk and walk)