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Jasmine Rain (birdcage)

"Jasmine Rain (birdcage)" at the ICA Boston - View of downtown Boston
Jasmine Rain (birdcage) @ ICA Boston

For more images of "Jasmine Rain (birdcage)" at the ICA Boston, click on image.

The viewer stands on the pier outside of the ICA, water on two sides, Boston in the background. The viewer is enclosed in a golden birdcage while a soft rain of jasmine flowers falls all around. The confinement of the cage contrasts with the expansiveness of the space; the rain of jasmine asks why.

Depending on where you stand, you may be inside or outside the cage.


"Jasmine Rain (birdcage)" premiered in Boston at the group AR show:

"Manifest.AR@ICA" augmented reality exhibition
ICA Boston / Boston Cyberarts Festival
Exhibition: April 22-May 8, 2011


It also opened on May 14th 2011 in:

"(Un)seen Sculptures" augmented reality exhibition
 Melbourne CBD, Arts Precinct, Southbank (and beyond):

"Jasmine Rain (birdcage)" at Federal Square, Melbourne, Australia


... and is geolocated in the Museum of Modern Art in New York:

"Jasmine Rain (birdcage)" in the atrium of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), NY



Jasmine Rain (birdcage) special sites:

Versions of Jasmine Rain (birdcage) are also geopositioned in the following locations.
( Please be aware that the content may be prohibited in certain locations. )

"Jasmine Rain (birdcage)" in Mohamed Bouazizi Square, Tunis, Tunisia (simulation)
Formerly November 7 Square, renamed for the fruit vendor whose self-immolation
sparked the protests that led to the Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia.
[ see map with position of augment ]


"Jasmine Rain (birdcage)" in Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt
(simulation using a photo from Ramy Raoof )
[ see map with position of augment ]


"Jasmine Rain (birdcage)" in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China (simulation)
[ see map with position of augment ]


Viewing the artwork:

  • "Jasmine Rain (birdcage)" is only viewable in the display of a smartphone (Android, or iPhone 4 & higher) with access to the Internet.
  • On your smartphone, go to the app store and download the free layar reality browser app.
  • Go to one of the sites where the artwork is located, and search for "jasmine rain". Depending on your Internet connection, it might take a minute or two to download.