Aspex PONToon beneficiaries create Augmented Reality Filters as part of Collective Futures Workshops

A group of women taking part in a series of workshops with PONToon partner Aspex have created their first augmented reality filters, two weeks into the 6-week Collective Futures course.

The workshops, which are being led by artist collective Keiken, aim to teach women in Portsmouth how to manipulate augmented reality via a software programme called Spark AR.

PONToon Beneficiary at Aspex's Collective Futures workshop play around with adding augmented reality filters to Instagram
PONToon Beneficiary at Aspex's Collective Futures workshop play around with adding augmented reality filters to Instagram.

So far, the workshop has seen women craft augmented reality filters that can be uploaded to Instagram as user-generated content.

One of the filters created by a workshop participant (pictured below) features a plethora of different faces stacked on top of each other and is inspired by a collage created by French Sculptor, Photographer and Writer Claude Cahun.

One participant created this filter, inspired by the work of Claude Cahun
One Collective Futures participant created this filter, inspired by the work of Claude Cahun.

The workshops, also aim to help participants develop a deeper understanding of the benefits of social media and explore using technology performatively.

Over the duration of the course, participants aged 18 to 25 are also being supported in the completion of their bronze Arts Awards.

The group has also created an Instagram account to put their work into practice, showcase their creations and document their progress, which can be followed here.

For more information about Aspex, click here.

You can also follow Keiken on Instagram here.

participants discuss ideas at Aspex's Collective Futures Workshop
A close-up of a Collective Futures participant's editing work