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Suspended Spring   -   2020, Video Artwork and Augmented Reality Artwork

Commissioned by the Nantesbuch Foundation for the online exhibit "Arts of Spring."



The Nantesbuch Foundation focuses on artworks dealing with nature. In April, they asked 100 of their artists to create a video piece on nature in the spring. See their website for the online exhibit "Arts of Spring."

To express my feeling of having to watch spring pass me by while isolated in my apartment, I created an augmented reality swirl of cherry blossom petals and then recorded a video with the augmented reality app.

In my video I wanted to express the feeling I had of being in a cocoon, watching spring swirl around me without really being able to participate in it - and wondering if the beautiful swirls of petals in the air carry the coronavirus as well?

Small rituals become important: The trip to the balcony to see what spring is doing in the back yard. Pouring tea, and the hopeful light in the refrigerator, promising the excitement of the day: dinner! And then back to work at the PC, where it seems all my desktop images are of beautiful scenes from faraway places, and wondering if I will ever be able to travel again.

Note: the Japanese calligraphy in the hallway was created by my mother, master calligrapher Midori Kono Thiel. It is "Fubaku Fudatsu," a Buddhist concept that means without external or internal constraints - truly free. 


To bring "Suspended Spring" into your own home:

  • Download the ARpoise app from the App or Play Store
  • Start the app: "Suspended Spring" should appear in a list of augments.
  • Select it from the list and you should be surrounded by a swirl of petals. It should be visible all over the world.




(c) Tamiko Thiel, 2020