Abandon Normal Devices (AND), producer of the UK’s only roaming digital art festival, will create a special on-board experience for River Explorer Cruise passengers from Thursday 24 until Sunday 27 June.
Passengers will be able to look through custom-built tablet-based viewfinders, positioned around the ferry, to see Anita Fontaine’s augmented reality fairy-tale world: The Blue Violet River.
The viewfinders will allow passengers to see visual sculptures that explode from land and water, as the Liverpool skyline shifts shape to reveal a surreal alternate reality and landscape.
Passengers will also be able to listen to a special audio track to accompany the fantasy-fiction world via a number of headphone devices provided at the Pier Head Ferry Terminal and on the ferry.
To help keep everyone safe, AND Festival staff will monitor the number of customers that wish to take part in the experience and will regularly sanitise the viewfinders and headphones.
There will also be a small number of performers on the ferry, costumed as inhabitants from Anita Fontaine’s future fairytale, in a pop up performance during each cruise (Friday – Sunday).
To best experience The Blue Violet River, AND Festival recommend sailing from Pier Head to Woodside. The total length of the cruise, augmented reality and audio experience is 50 minutes.
Anita Fontaine’s augmented reality and future-forward techno fantasy: The Blue Violet River will give passengers a chance to see a peaceful vision of humanity’s future and a post-industrial perspective of the River Mersey.
The Blue Violet River will be presented during River Explorer Cruise sailings from Thursday 24 June until Sunday 27 June.