Chinese Arts Now is to launch a new version of its app Augmented Chinatown 2.0, a live immersive audio tour through Chinatown with augmented reality visuals.
Users start the tour in Newport Place and walk the streets guided through their phones by writer and narrator Joel Tan. Over the course of an hour, Tan’s narration looks at Chinatown’s history, architecture and culture, as well as ideas about belonging, identity and migration. He takes users to the four gates, only the last of which was created by Chinese artists, and tells how the pagoda was demolished in 2015 without consultation.
At five locations, there is the opportunity to delve deeper into hidden dramas and plunge into the lives of characters including Kim, a stripper who met the Beatles, Anita, a homesick waitress, and a woman whose home is being raided by immigration officials.
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