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‘XR22’ : The Hastings Snapshot Project

‘XR22’ is a unique project creating a digital repository of the town and its community in 2022. The ‘XR22’ Project is a digital, 3D mass-portrait of Hastings: its town, its culture and its people, using the latest emerging XR technologies – Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 3D scanning and WebAR. Collaborative venture Digital Arts Hub reports.

The project will be run by Hastings Commons in collaboration with the project’s Creative Directors, ZEROH, who plan to collaborate with the community of Hastings and St Leonards in order to create a series of unique portraits and other creative activity centred around 3 dimensional holographic volumetric technology and will take place from July 2022 until September 2022 at the Digital Arts Hub, Rock House, Hastings.

Libby being scanned

ZEROH say: “Right now there is an exciting surge in new technologies relating to the digitising of objects, spaces and people in 3 Dimensions. As part of our residency we have been given the opportunity to use cutting edge digital tools at the Digital Arts Hub and we plan to capture the town in 3D with the idea of creating an online interactive digital snapshot of Hastings and St.Leonards in 2022. As Hastings grows and technologies develop we hope the online repository will become a point of reference, a key visual asset for the town and a new kind of shared community interactive project that will be viewable online and in VR for generations to come

“Residents of Hastings and St.Leonards are welcome to come down to the studio for a 3D portrait scan, which will be added to the ‘XR22’ archive and given to you to take away, viewable via a unique QR code using your mobile phone, your portrait can be animated too using a simple online tool. We are also inviting people to bring along an Object of Significance – personal items with a story, history or connection they’d like to share – to be added to the repository in order to build a digital snapshot of the town and its community at this unique moment in time.”

People of Hastings, young and old, are welcome to contribute to the project by having a free 3D scan made of themselves. All you have to do is come down to the studio where our friendly team will make a quick scan of you in 3D , using a handheld scanner or an iPad, producing a scan that you will be able take away with you (put on your phone, use as an avatar online etc) and that will be added to the project’s online interactive 3D archive, for everyone to see.

Email: to book a 3D scan!
Digital Arts Hub, Rock House Alley, off Claremont, Trinity Triangle, Hastings TN34 1DT.

Summer workshops, talk and screenings

We will also be running a series of summer workshops, talks and screenings, curated by ZEROH. Watch this space for more details or visit

Louise’s Avatar on her Card de Visite

Jargon Buster:

AR = Augmented Reality : 3D animated objects are superimposed on the camera view of the user’s device (usually a mobile phone). AR users can interact with virtual 3D content in a real-time, real-world environment (think: Pokémon GO).

VR = Virtual Reality: a three-dimensional, computer generated world which can be explored and interacted with by a person (think: 3D games on a VR headset).

XR =Extended Reality: is an umbrella term encapsulating Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR) and everything in between.

Metaverse = a global, online virtual-reality space in which users can interact with a computer-generated environment and other users.

Neil and his Avatar

About Hastings Commons

Hastings Commons is a community-led approach to transforming the unique area around the old Observer Building in Hastings. It’s a collection of buildings and spaces brought from dereliction into use for homes, workspace, leisure and learning, and it’s also a way of behaving. Rents are capped to protect affordability, good uses are prioritised over profit, mutual support and commoning are encouraged.

About Zeroh

Artists Daniel Hardiker and Neil Hetherington, known as ZEROH, have a long history of working with immersive technology and will be hosting the project. They will be devising a series of creative social activities and experiments involving new and emerging technology, including creating an online 3D digital snap shot of the town that can be shared around the world for now and future generations to see. They will be utilising a technique called ‘Volumetric capture’ which uses 8 sensor cameras to capture somebody or something in 3D video. They are also curating a series of free workshops and talks by cutting edge practitioners and artists.


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Posted 13:52 Thursday, Jul 14, 2022 In: Arts News

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  1. Mark Curry

    Brilliant. Really pleased to see this exciting project underway from the guys at Zeroh and the Hastings Commons.

    Comment by Mark Curry — Thursday, Jul 14, 2022 @ 13:56

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