Becoming Biodiversity App developed by Amy Youngs Now Available

May 30, 2019

Becoming Biodiversity App developed by Amy Youngs Now Available

application logo for smart devices

This artwork is a guided tour which allows us to inhabit the worlds of multiple species along an urban park trail, allowing them to become visible and “sense-able” to us. The viewer re-enacts stories from the perspectives of non-humans; playing the part of a plant calling out to a bird to help with pest control, an ant planting spring flowers while simultaneously feeding her babies, an underground fungal network delivering goods to struggling trees, and a cormorant searching for a meal in a man-made lake in Queens, NY.

There are 8 scenes, each takes place at Willow Lake, on the South end of Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The starting point for the app tour is the East entrance of the Pat Dolan Trail, right after walking over the Van Wyck Expressway pedestrian bridge. The tour takes about 26 minutes and the one-way walk down the trail is less than a mile. You can also use the app in your local park, GPS is not required.

Thank you to collaborators Josh Rodenberg, Danielle McPhatter, and Jayne Kennedy. And project supporters Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center, NY, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, and the New York Urban Field Station, a partnership between NYC Parks, the US Forest Service, and the Natural Areas Conservancy, NY.

photo of person's hand on tree with smart phone hovering over the hand to reveal the bacteria living in the tree

You can find the app here:

The augmented reality art app is FREE in the app stores

   Available for Android

   Available for iOS

   Audio-only version, available for unsupported devices, or if you choose sound as your preferred form of augmented reality.

   Explore local, ecological networks through mixed-reality storytelling and animation overlays in a park in New York City.

   The experience is an embodied one, designed to connect humans with the biodiversity, symbioses, and unseen worlds in public park spaces.

   Site specific to a trail in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in New York, but it can be used anywhere. Go outside for best experience.

Amy Youngs will be presenting at the 2019 New York Electronic Art Festival

Saturday June 1:Beyond Human: Art & Tech Connections in Urban Parks,

a panel discussion with Amy Youngs, Dylan Gauthier and Julia Oldham at Swale House.