A new app allows users to ‘remix’ artwork by Sir Peter Blake, the Godfather of pop art, best known for designing the 1967 Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover. Dazzle It is commissioned by 14-18 NOW: the First World War Centenary Art Commissions and supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies.
Dazzle It is inspired by early 20th century artists who painted British vessels in dazzle camouflage to confuse enemy U-boats. Sir Peter recently dazzled the Mersey Ferry Snowdrop in a new commission by Liverpool Biennial, 14-18 NOW and Tate Liverpool, in partnership with National Museums Liverpool and Merseytravel.
Now, aspiring artists around the world can remix his Everybody Razzle Dazzle design and apply it to their own photos or gallery images, thereby creating an infinite number of possibilities to remix Sir Peter’s work.
The dazzle image remix can then be applied to a 3D model, e.g. ships, a windsurfer, rubber duck – and viewed, via their device’s camera, within an augmented reality scene. Dazzle It users can also choose Tobias Rehberger’s Dazzle Ship London monochrome pattern, which feature on the HMS President (1918) vessel on the Thames.
Sir Peter said: “Dazzle It uses cutting-edge technology that allows aspiring artists everywhere to remix my design and discover more about the way in which early 20th century artists participated in the war effort.”
Users can share their unique 3D artwork across social networks or upload it directly to a gallery which features more information about dazzle ships – and unlike most augmented reality apps, the user does not need to have a pre-supplied marker to view their dazzle in a real-world scene.
Jenny Waldman, Director of 14-18 NOW said: “Dazzle It is a way of bringing the world of dazzle to the digital community, allowing audiences to experience dazzle beyond the installations in Liverpool and London. The app allows people to explore, create and share their own responses to the rich history of dazzle. I would like to thank the Heritage Lottery Fund for their additional grant to 14-18 NOW, which will help more people make the most of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn about the lasting impact of the First World War.”
The app follows the series of three Dazzle Ship commissions: Induction Chromatique à Double Fréquence pour l’Edmund Gardner Ship / Liverpool. Paris 2014 by Carlos Cruz-Diez on the Liverpool Waterfront; Tobias Rehberger’s Dazzle Ship London on the River Thames; and Everybody Razzle Dazzle by Sir Peter Blake. The three dazzled vessels are available to see throughout 2015. The series of Dazzle Ships have been co-commissioned with Liverpool Biennial and Tate Liverpool.
Dazzle It is available on iOS and Android devices from the iTunes and Google Play stores:
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