Time Lens was created by Professor Michael Kuetemeyer, of Temple’s Department of Film and Media Arts, and media artist Anula Shetty, in collaboration with residents from the homeless shelter, Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission. They produced photographs, videos and interviews of the neighborhood that resulted in an interactive documentary mobile iPad app and an installation, that uses immersive panoramas and stories to explore spaces through time. Funded by ArtPlace, Time Lens is part of the Asian Arts Initiativeʻs Social Practice Lab.
The project will be featured at the “New Sights” exhibition opening this Friday, September 5 at THREENINETEEN, the street level gallery space at 319 N. 11th Street, in the expanding Callowhill neighborhood of Philadelphia. “New Sight” is curated by internationally known visual artists Sarah McEneaney and Zoe Strauss. The show aims to shed light on the role of the arts in changing communities especially in urban environments, and supports the transformation of the Reading Viaduct/Rail Park. The exhibition runs through October 18.
Kuetemeyer and Shetty’s are also exhibiting Time Lens at the Pearl Street Block Party on Saturday, September 27 and the First Friday Outdoor Exhibition on October 3.
The Time Lens project was also presented at the 41st SIGGRAPH, International Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques, last August, in Vancouver, Canada.
You can experience the project downloading the iPad/iPhone app here: Time Lens – Pearl Street.