Ascending Focus, a 2021 Top 100 Public Art CODAaward winner, is an interactive augmented reality installation from the series of work titled Format 3 created by Danish artist duo Louise Foo and Martha Skou.
Composed of 81 “Sound Symbols,” Ascending Focus utilizes three basic shapes at various scales mapped to sound samples from their corresponding elements – square, circle, triangle/earth, water, fire. This installation combines graphic elements, virtual objects, and sound to create spatial experiences.
Visitors can create their own unique soundscapes by downloading the Format3 app. The app uses augmented reality to activate the symbols with their corresponding sound. Visitors can use the app to manipulate the pitch, tone, and duration of the sound played by each symbol and can even activate multiple symbols, resulting in unique soundscapes as they explore the artwork.