Imaginary Friends

There are lots of things that count as imaginary, not just imaginary friends. But too often we are told not to believe in the imagination, as though somehow we would need to prove it was there before anyone might take it seriously. This project takes a different approach, suggesting that our lives are made richer by engaging with the imaginary, and that in fact the imagination already surrounds us everywhere we look. And so, instead of refusing to believe in the imagination, why not make friends with it instead? Imaginary Friends is a visual response project in participants are asked to photograph their imaginary friends. The pictures they take, along with short descriptions of their imaginary friends, are uploaded to an augmented reality (AR) layer which overlays the exhibition site. Viewers are invited to download the AR app and walk through the site to view the imaginary friends captured by participants.