An artistic event based on blockchain technology was held in Vancouver (Canada), which consists of an augmented reality art exhibition; this experience, called Voxel Bridge, was made thanks to the Kusama Network platform and Spheroid Universe’s participation.

Once the center for public art innovators, the southern portion of the Cambie Bridge in Vancouver is a 19,000-square-foot space where people can experience art. In that place, visitors can interact (using their mobile device) with augmented reality tools supported by the blockchain.

The Voxel Bridge experience

The event offers an innovative audience experience consisting of twenty different interactive animations that connect visitors to the world of blockchain and the Kusama network. In that place, they have the opportunity to learn about Kusama with augmented reality (AR) and learn about his history. Blockchain data has been used as a creative tool for developing a real-time projection using the blockchain, turning this technical and abstract concept into a visualization for people to appreciate through works of art.

About the Kusama platform

Kusama is a platform created for change agents to control, drive innovation, and alter the status quo. Gavin Wood, the founder of Polkadot and co-founder of Ethereum technology, created it in 2019. Kusama is a scalable network of blockchains built with a substrate (modular blockchain framework) that has the same basis as Polkadot; this network serves as a kind of “experimental development environment” for teams to be faster in innovation.

The contributions of Blockchain and Kusama

To realize this innovative art installation, we had the help of two technological pillars: Augmented Reality (AR) and Distributed Registry Technology (DLT). As far as AR is concerned, part of the multisensory adventure was creating the Spheroid Universe. At the same time, the Kusama Network is responsible for the support of the blockchain.

It is worth noting that Voxel Bridge is the world’s first art installation to work with distributed ledger technology. The organization of the Biennale in Vancouver aims to bridge the gap between traditional public spaces with virtual reality and blockchain.

The Vancouver Biennale

This Biennial seeks to use art as a learning “catalyst” in such a way that, if you have no idea of technical terms such as blockchain, augmented reality, and even cryptocurrencies, through this system, you can understand these concepts visually and didactically.

What do you think about this topic? Have you seen augmented reality artwork?

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