Sight and Song Augmented

Sight and Song Augmented is an augmented-reality application that brings together poetry and painting. In response to a target image (the painting, whether the actual artwork hanging in the museum or a print or digital reproduction), it performs the corresponding poem from the 1892 volume Sight and Song by Michael Field (Katherine Bradley and Edith Cooper). These poems are descriptive interpretations of artworks by the Old Masters that Bradley and Cooper saw in museums around Europe. This type of writing ("a verbal representation of a visual representation," in the words of James Heffernan) is called ekphrasis, and in it a writer seeks to teach us how to observe the visual object. The premise of this app is that we can learn not only about the art and the poetry, but about our multi-sensory experience of the world through bringing text, image, and voice together in augmented reality.

In its initial release, Sight and Song Augmented provides augmentations for six paintings in The National Gallery in London (five of which are currently on display). Updates will feature first the six paintings in The Louvre in Paris, and then those found in museums in Italy and Germany.

For more information about this project and Michael Field's Sight and Song, please visit the companion website at and the links you will find there.


Privacy-relevant Android Permission Requested by this App: CAMERA.

Used for permissions that are associated with accessing camera or capturing images/video from the device.

This permission allows the Sight and Song Augmented application to capture the user's surroundings in order to recognize and augment a target image. No other user data is collected by this application.


The producer of Sight and Song Augmented would like to thank The National Gallery and the College of Arts and Humanities at West Chester University of Pennsylvania for their support of this project, as well as the following contributors to the production:

• Anna M. Evans, Poet and Adjunct Professor of English at Rowan College, who reads the poems. Visit her website at http://
• West Chester University of Pennsylvania and its Digital Media Center, especially audio engineer, Ben T. Miller.


Sight and Song Augmented by Robert P. Fletcher is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. For more information, see the Companion Site.
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What's New

Sight and Song Augmented now includes six augmentations each for paintings in the National Gallery (London) and the Louvre, and two augmentations for artworks in German museums. Future plans include augmentations for paintings in the Uffizi and other galleries in Italy.
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Additional Information

August 2, 2017
Current Version
Requires Android
4.0 and up
Content Rating
Offered By
Robert P. Fletcher
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