Wanderer
2018
iOS AR app, Unity, Vuforia Engine


To trigger the app, you must be at the coordinates 57°41’27.4″N 4°09’22.0″W or scan the little graphic. The chosen location is a small beach, a short walk from the town centre and the bus station. It is a panoramic view. You must imagine being in front of what is called an “Oil Rig Graveyard”, where dozens of Oil Rigs are rotting, waiting to be dismantled or used again if the crude oil trade booms again. You are a traveler, a pilgrim, a wanderer. By going there, you are waking the closest Oil Rig and he is talking to you. The further ones are partially awake and are talking in chorus, reciting two verses like a prayer.


Script of the triggered animation


One oil rig is talking to the hiker/pilgrim. At some point other rigs join to speak in chorus.

Oil rig 1: Low male voice [narrator, close to the spectator]
Oil rig 2: Low male voice [very far away]
Oil rig 3: High female voice [distant, on the left]
Oil rig 4: Low female voice [distant, on the right]
Oil rig 5: High male voice [distant, on the left]

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OR1
We wanderers, ever seeking the lonelier way,
begin no day where we have ended another day;
and no sunrise finds us where sunset left us.
We are the seeds of the tenacious plant,
and it is in our ripeness and our fullness of heart
that we are given to the wind and are scattered.
Even while the earth sleeps we travel.
The sun sinking, racing around to come up behind you

OR2, from far away:

again.

OR1
I remember this route I’ve travelled before,
I recall the firth as I cross it again.
Not I, not any one else can travel that road for you,
You must travel it for yourself.
Not waiting for someone or something to show you the way
You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today
You fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way
And then one day you find ten years have got behind you
Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day
You’re older, shorter of breath and the birds make no sound on the bough.

OR3, at the same time (as “birds”):


                                                                          workers

OR4, at the same time (as bough):

                                                                                                                                    deck

OR1,2,3,4,5
Extinguished is the candle’s light
With which I’ve seen the ocean’s day and night.

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iOS AR app, Unity, Vuforia Engine