Paper Border is an augmented reality installation that demonstrates the ephemeral nature of borders as a reflection of the refugee crisis and the recent Brexit incident. An origami installation is created to resemble the original shape of the map of European Union in 1957. The viewer can download an augmented reality app and then points his phone towards the installation. As the camera recognizes the shape of the map, an overlay of the map of EU will appear on the viewer's phone and he will see how the EU map has changed from 1957 to the present day.
Technology: Unity, Vuforia
The Gazzetta Ufficiale is used as the main material for this installation, decades worth of newspapers document the changes in legislations in the European Union. Each piece of the paper is folded into a small origami triangle and then weaved together into the shape of the original European Union map.
Just like the democratic nature of government, the Paper Border project was also participatory. Several origami workshops were held in the local community of Cassano Delle Murge, Italy. People from all age and backgrounds came and created the individual origami pieces that were used in the final project. As borders are constantly changed by man, during the exhibition, the viewers were encouraged to fold their own origami pieces and add on to the existing map to create a constantly changing and living project.
This installation was created as part of the Apulia Land Art Residency and was exhibited during the Apulia Land Art Festival in September 2016.