A Kickstarter Campaign Where The Backers Become The Art Project
Famous new media artist Jeremy Bailey, as he refers to himself, never does things the regular way. While most artists dealing with augmented reality prefer to maintain a bit of mystique, Bailey’s centerpiece is his ultra-optimistic personality, dressed up with virtual objects that perform a number of different roles. Most recently, we saw him with a virtual mask that shows feeds from different TV channels, which he presented with extra enthusiasm because, as he informed us in the video, he had just gotten married. Now, he returns with a Kickstarter project called Important Portraits that has more to do directly with the backers than any campaign we’ve seen to date. Here’s part of his pledge:
I want to reveal your true inner essence in your very own 21st century augmented reality portrait. As a Famous New Media Artist I have access to the latest techniques and technology, everything necessary for you to truly express yourself is at my fingertips. I’ve been making myself look amazing in augmented reality self portraits for over 10 years and I’ve decided it’s time to help others look as great as I do.
For this project, Bailey will create an augmented reality portrait for each of his donors, the most generous of which will be included in an exhibition at Pari Nadimi gallery in Toronto this April. Lower donations will get you things like an AR postcard of your portrait, an AR portrait of Bailey’s wife, and even a lock of her red hair. So, there are some tangible benefits to making this project a reality. As a backer, you can trust in Bailey to make good on his promises. Here’s some evidence of his dedication:
There is also a small risk that if the portrait of my wife Kristen sells too well and that our promise to include a lock of hair might conflict with the limitations of human hair growth. That said, we have been growing her hair in preparation, and I will be discussing with her the possibility of shaving her head to keep up with demand.
What a guy…
Donate to Bailey’s project here.