MSL Projects, in partnership with the Port of Dover, has delivered an installation entitled Centenary: A Long Weekend, as part of a six year programme aiming to tell the story of WW1 in real time from the perspective of Dover. The installation was presented in the Cruise terminals, during August and September 2014, and proved to be a huge success with all who engaged with it.
Using Augmented Reality, an exciting new application of digital technology, MSL created two pieces accessed through preloaded iPAD apps. One animated the wreck of the scuttled anti-submarine blockship, Spanish Prince, at the entrance to Dover Harbour to demonstrate how the coming war was going to change Britain’s perspective of itself as an island while the other introduced a personal account of a Private soldier via a life size avatar.
Centenary: A Long Weekend received rave reviews from cruise customers from over 20 cruise liners and specially invited guests, many of whom are now potential clients. MSL hopes to be able to take the technology further with likely applications in tourism, culture, heritage, and regeneration (to name but a few).
The installation has now been moved to Dover Museum as part of the Museum’s temporary exhibition on WW1 (http://www.dovermuseum.co.uk/Home.aspx).
Recently awarded an Arts Council England grant, MSL plans further installations for late spring 2015, and in the second half of 2016. A Long Weekend is likely to be open to the wider public later this year via a downloadable app.
Meanwhile for more information, please visit www.mslprojects.co.uk/centenary