Jean-Michel Basquiat is one of the greatest artists who ever lived. Although he was a young black Brooklynite street artist in the 80s, his work is some of the most expensive ever sold. Unfortunately, a lot of young kids who come from his background are not exposed to his works which are held up mainly in the art and wealthy art collector's worlds. As a result, the inspiration of this project was to create a virtual museum to explore his genius and reimagine his artwork through an augmented reality lens and expose his artistry to newer younger audiences mainly those from his socio-economic backgrounds to give inspiration that no matter where a person is from, they can contribute to the world's beauty, culture and influence.

What it does

BasquaitxAR puts users in an augmented gallery of Jean Michel Basquiat with the spatial presentation of some of his works and their 3D renderings.

As soon as users enter the filter, they are surrounded by a couple of Basquait's paintings and can hear a TED Talk presentation of Basquiat.

Users can pinch their screens to make the paintings bigger to further explore the paintings or hold the pinch steady and move the gallery anywhere they deem fit.

How I built it

  • Researched the life and artwork of Jean Michel
  • Selected his prominent pieces.
  • Built the filter with SparkAR

Challenges I ran into

  • Using SparkAR on a Windows machine that kept crashing even after numerous.
  • Positioning the images and making the entire experience user-friendly.
  • 3D rendering was new to me.

Accomplishments that I'm proud of

  • Having the first version of the filter being approved.

What I learned

  • Research needs to be a prominent part of technical projects to make them more meaningful and impactful to users.
  • This project allowed me to explore my creativity.

What's next for Basquiat x AR

  • Adding more Basquiat pieces.
  • Make the audio a more integral part of the entire experience.
  • Adding a VR component to the project.

** Integrated Audio From Ted Ed Youtube: The chaotic brilliance of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat - Jordana Moore Saggese

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