Visitors to the Serpentine will be prompted to view an app that uses augmented reality to show what Steyerl calls Actual RealityOS. Using data about wealth, social housing and austerity collected with local research partners and community groups the app shows the Serpentine Galleries shaped and abstracted by the actual forces of its social environment, charting real-life inequality through virtual means. This warped simulacrum of the physical building is designed to restore a social vision to an often unseen stark class reality, demanding the visitor leave their comfort zone and question their surroundings. The research partners include Architects for Social Housing, Disabled People Against Cuts, Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance, Unite the Union Hotel Workers’ Branch and The Voice of Domestic Workers.
The app will be available for iOS and Android.
About Power Walks
Influenced by the Situationists' dérive, the Power Walks programme brings to life the Actual RealityOS data, highlighting issues around social housing, low wage work, histories of resistance and the accessibility of the city. The three walks and a tour have been created in conversation with campaigns, community groups, and organisations local to the areas surrounding the Serpentine, and will take place throughout the duration of Hito Steyerl's Power Plants exhibition. Each walk and tour tell a story of the hidden and not so hidden inequalities from the point of view of those most affected.