OUR/ARhug is an augmented reality mobile application that places hugs in the user’s environment. The 3D hug models are generated from photographs of hugs performed by volunteers from the artist’s social media network. By bringing online connections into physical contact, then abstracting them into digital objects, OUR/ARhug examines the social limits of social media and data visualization.
Users can interact with the hugs in augmented reality and screen capture these moments to document third-generation connections. A provided hashtag encourages users to share the photos on social media, returning the hugs to their source.