Archive for August, 2012

Guide to experiencing [1] on your mobile device

Friday, August 10th, 2012


Your device will need a mobile network connection or a WiFi connection to search for the Mayan lessons.

Make sure the Layar Reality Browser is installed on the device.  Get it from wherever you go to install apps.

Use your device’s web browser to follow this link and register your email address to join the [1] network:  Your email address will be your “user name” for [1].  It will be used only to collect anonymized data about the growth of the network and to inform you of the release of new Mayan lessons. These messages will only be sent for a period of less than two months (exactly eight Mayan Calendar weeks). Once you register,  you’ll be directed to a link that will allow you to launch [1].

You will launch into the  “camera view” for the [1] content,  which will be your main portal to the lessons. From your device menu,  you can select ‘layer info”  to read the introduction to  [1] and share  [1] with your friends.  Please share via email!  The camera view will show you the available lesson(s), indicated as a “point of interest”.  You can attempt to a navigate to the lesson site using just this viewfinder, but the navigation will be challenging if  you are  more than a 1/4 mile from the site.

To make navigation easier, tap your device’s menu button  choose the map view. You’ll then see an indication of your position and the position of the lesson, overlaid on a map of the city. This view is you second option for navigation as your position on the map will be updated as you move closer to the lesson.

If you click on the icon representing the lesson on the map, a pop-up menu will offer you a “take me there” option. Selecting this will lead to a list of step by step destination directions that you can follow to the lesson.  You can also choose to be guided by voice navigation if  your device has this capability.

Whichever navigation method you choose,  the audio lesson from the Mayan elders will automatically begin to play when you are close enough to the site selected to enhance your experience of the lesson.

[1]: App Launches Aug. 7, Performance Aug. 12

Saturday, August 4th, 2012


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[1], my collaboration with filmmaker Cassidy Rast hits the streets of San Francisco next week, with the Augmented Reality app launch on August 7  and the Soundwave Festival performance on August 12.  I’ll post more info on both later. For now, here are some details on the app:

8 audio messages from the Mayan elders explaining the meaning of 2012 and the Mayan calendar will be released sequentially on the Mayan calendar day most appropriate for that specific message. If you register, you will receive an email letting you know when a new message has been released. Each message will be found at a San Francisco location selected for it’s contemplative resonance with that message. The [1] app will guide you to the message sites using the “radar finder” of your phone’s Layar browser. The corresponding audio message will play automatically once you arrive at the site. For the best experience, plug earphones into your mobile device before you begin your journey to the message, and make sure the volume is up.

The source material for [1] comes from the audio, video, and traditional stories collected by Rast during the production of her documentary covering the life and teachings of Tz’utujil Mayan elder Tata Pedro Cruz. Tata Pedro is one of the last living Ajq’iij’s (calendar day keeper) from the highlands of Lake Atitlan, in Guate-Maya.