Over the weekend, Darth Vader, Superman, Spiderman and others invaded Dam Square in Amsterdam – virtually, that is.
People with special "augmented reality" programs on their cell phones were able to see computer-generated human sculptures throughout the square and even created their own virtual statues to bring to the party.
Markers placed on the ground that look like black- and white-tiled mosaics triggered phones with the proper software applications installed on them to display the virtual figures. (Amsterdam seems like the perfect place to bring hallucinations to life.)
Perhaps several hundred people convened around two in the afternoon on Saturday, April 24 for this "flash mob" – an off-the-wall activity traditionally stirred up through online channels such as Facebook rather than as a well-funded, organized publicity stunt.
Leading the charge for this flash mob was Sander Veenof, a new media artist in Amsterdam, along with implementers and creators of the software apps.