Diverse Paths / Nanette Wylde

Commissioned by the Palo Alto Arts Commission, ZERO1 and the San Jose Public Art Program with support from the National Endowment for the Arts

Diverse Paths (2012) is location-based (GPS) augmented reality project that will be exhibited as part of the ArtHERE program on the lawn of the Palo Alto Art Center (1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto) from September 12-December 8, 2012.

The augment/artwork can be experienced via a smart device (iPhone 4, android, iPad 2) and will be viewed on the device screen as an overlay of the live camera view of the environment. A splattering of doves, in a rainbow array of color, fly about the viewer in a 360 degree circle. The birds are hand drawn, as opposed to photographic, and thus are imbued with a fine art aesthetic, even as they animate the space. The exhibition site is marked by the shapes of birds in flight. These signs, located on the open lawn (Embarcadero Road side) of the Palo Alto Art Center, indicate to passersby that there is something else to interact with in this space. The work celebrates diversity, creativity, nature, and the power of universal symbols.

This project will be exhibited as
part of the ArtHERE program on the
lawn of the Palo Alto Art Center
from September 12-December 8, 2012 
Free and open to the public

Nanette Wylde

lives and works in Redwood City, CA


California native, Nanette Wylde is an artist, art educator, writer and cultural worker making socially reflective, and often language-based works generally of hybrid media. Wylde and Bay Area artist Kent Manske are the founders of PreNeo Press, a conceptual space and studio which engages in collaboration and social practice community building. PreNeo projects include the creation of artist residencies, interviews with West Coast creatives, a wide range of publishing projects, and conceptual interventions, including Meaning Maker. Wylde has a BA is in Behavioral Science from San Jose State University. Her MFA is in Interactive Multimedia from Ohio State University. She is Professor of Art and Art History at California State University, Chico where she developed and heads the Digital Media/Electronic Arts program.