The Waves are Rising

Animation, Augmented Reality

Public intervention at Royal Docks & Thames Barrier Park, London E16

Sea Change: New climate stories for the Royal Docks by Invisible Dust

‘The Waves Are Rising’ features an animated augmented reality (AR) wave on a large scale LED screen, superimposed upon live video feed video of the still waters of The Royal Docks, filling the vista of the usually calm waterscape with an animated surging wave as well as detritus and data from the high seas.

As fewer people travel by ship now, we are now more divorced from understanding its turbulence and power, which is exacerbated by climate change. The augmented reality wave will reference this untamed nature of the deep sea, the rising seas due to global warming, the waves of capital, trade and immigration brought to the Royal Docks during its history as well as wave patterns in print and fabrics and the wave in art history and popular culture (from Hokusai’s famous ‘Great Wave’ print, to its reproduction as an apple emoji).

Read more and listen to Raqs’ audio podcast produced by Lucia Scazzocchio from Social Broadcasts as part of Sea Change