Ascension of Cod


Will Pappenheimer, 2017, Screen capture video of augmented reality content at various sites, currently on site for the NEA funded exhibition, “The Augmented Landscape” curated by Boston Cyberarts, in Salem, Massachusetts

Ascension of Cod creates a school of virtual cod swimming upwards in a column as if in an ascension to the heavens. It calls up the reverence and endangerment of these fish both as an abundant food source and as a historic local livelihood. Massachusetts Bay cod, known as “Sacred Cod,” have been so plentiful that they became the hallmark of New England fisheries and trade. Up until recently. Surveys have revealed that up to 80% of the cod have been either fished or suffered from the effects of warming oceans. This is struggle between the fisherman’s time honored livelihood, the science behind the fisheries’ regulation and a farewell spiral of species.



Residency Works in Progress:

For the residency, Will Pappenheimer will be creating video artworks “documenting” his on-site augmented reality (AR) installations in various locations, as well as live AR works launched from the online screen and or located in the Gazelli Art House Gallery. New works will appear at this residency site every few days throughout the month.

Artist Statement:

Will Pappenheimer works across new media, performance, video and installation, driven by an interest in shifting spatial, virtual and object relations, often as a form of artistic or institutional intervention. He focuses on a given site, event or object, exploring its intersections of origin, function, meaning, aesthetics, and social or cultural nexus as source for alteration, re-envisioning or extrapolation. Making virtual works for public space, such as forms of augmented reality sculpture connected to collective social network space, is what we might understand as new forms of public art or installation. The ephemeral nature of these works can also be understood as performative assemblage, coming into being through the activities and reception of the audience in relation to physical, technological, social or psychological space.


Will Pappenheimer is a Brooklyn based artist and a founding member of the Manifest.AR international collective who have pioneered works in augmented reality since 2010. His work has been shown at Whitney Museum of American Art, LACMA, Los Angeles; San Francisco MOMA; Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam; FACT, Liverpool, UK; Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair, Istanbul; Fringe Exhibitions in Los Angeles; the ICA, Boston; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; New Museum in New York; the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington; FILE, Sao Paulo, BR; and The artist’s works have been featured in Christiane Paulʼs historical editions of “Digital Art,” Art in America, New York Times,, WIRED, EL PAIS, Madrid, and Liberation, Paris. He teaches new media at Pace University, New York. website:

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