Augmented Reality Criticisms

About Trace ARCs

In 2015, over half of all internet traffic took place through mobile devices. As mobile computing continues its cultural ascendancy, scholars should pursue novel strategies for creating and circulating public writing within the emerging medium of augmented reality (AR). To create AR, writers overlay physical objects or locations with digital content (images, video, text, sound, etc.) made accessible through mobile device applications. Through Traces multimodal publishing hub, scholars and students work together to create, distribute, and circulate augmented reality projects. These projects, called Augmented Reality Criticisms (ARCs), encourage positive political and cultural change related to specific social issues. Through Trace ARCs, individuals can explore how writers use AR to modify and transform dominant narratives about objects, subjects, sites, and historical moments.

The Trace ARCs website provides an aggregate site for the development and publication of critical augmented reality projects. To learn how to create your own ARC project, consult our tutorials portal to get started. If you have a completed or in-progress AR project, consult the submissions page to get in touch with one of our ARCs coordinators.