Kunshan University - Taïwan 2019

"Augmented Curiosities"

One week multimedia workshop with 10 design students  from the Visual Communication and Design department.

 This Workshop is based on creative works using Augmented reality tools.

  •  Discover how to use mobile devices, not only as a mean of communication (or a media for watching movies) , but as a creative tool.
  •  Explore the new writing potentialities offer by AR technology, understand his limit.
  • Create a reflective relation between students practices: paintingstraditional printed or sculpture and a digital layer (video/3d...)
  •  Topic: reflection on how to represent strange, metaphysical, invisible (or not yet visible) phenomenons: scientific like electricity? Qi energy? belief like a God?)


This year, a new image rises from the observatory of the unseen... for the first time a black hole was "pictured"

More Inspiration.

Cabinets of curiosities are rooms, or sometimes pieces of furniture, where “rare, new, singular things” are stored and displayed. In the 18th century, at the time of the colonies and the first archaeological excavations, plants, animals, exotic objects and even treasures from Ancient Egypt were discovered in Europe. Bizarre and amazing finds that wealthy notables liked to display in their private salons to impress their guests. Originally showcases of the oddities of the world with a scientific vocation, the “cabinet of curiosities” style was born!


In one week, students will give form to short interactive stories, integrating their own practice and ideas to represent their beliefs or non scientific phenomenons.

Technical AR document for the workshop
Workshop - AR Kun Shan.pdf
Document Adobe Acrobat 1.2 MB

Students works

Creative AR Example in art

Zapworks Studio : a Simple AR / VR experience creative tool by Zapworks studio

Zapworks  helps you to design a full AR experience, mixing images, video animation, animated 3d models and sound. Publish your AR using Zappar App on iOS and Android.

See an introduction of Zapworks Studio


First time start:

1 - Create a personal “Hobby Account” in https://zap.works/pricing/personal/ (can use Facebook / google login ) and check the box “I am using zap works for personal use only and not commercial”

2 - Download Zapworks Studio for WINDOWS or APPLE

3 - Install it, start it, Login, Your are OK!


Technical  limitations aspect to bear in mind for mobile devices:


- Final project upload should be kept < 15 mo

- Images: .jpg or .png, Maximum 2048*2048 pixels

- Video: .mp4, (H264 codec), Maximum 1280*720 pixels. Can be streaming file for long video (> 10mo) or embedded for short video.

- Sound: .mp4, (AAC codec), 160kbps, 44100hz

- 3d models:  .fbx .obj + .mtl file, .pod... max 10 mo / model.


Software on the creative side

- Zapworks Studio Editor:

Zapworks Studio OSX

Zapworks Studio Windows


- Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Premiere CC, After Effects CC...

- Audacity (free software for sound editing)


App on the viewer side

- Mobile AR software viewer:

Zappar for iOS

Zappar for Android


Free Online Ressources and links



http://www.pngpix.com/    free transparent png files

https://www.freepik.com/   free vector and .psd files



https://www.onlinevideoconverter.com/     Download and convert many video online from youtube etc

https://video.online-convert.com/    Convert all files online




https://freesound.org/     Download many free sounds


3d model:

Zapworks Basic 3d model    Light and nice 3d starting models for Zapworks

https://sketchfab.com/     3d models online ressource (incorporated to Zapworks studio)

https://labs.sketchfab.com/sculptfab/      App to sketch 3d sculpture online

https://clara.io/     App to create animated 3d models online