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Exploring digital identity with augmented reality face filter workshops

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November 28, 2022

Augmented Reality (AR) face filters started with Snapchat in 2015 and are now one of the most accessible uses of AR on the market today. If you’ve ever wondered how to create your own, as a part of Maitree’s Cahaya XR Community Outreach Program, we’ve started running workshops for the broader community exploring digital identity and AR face filter technology.

In November 2022, the Cahaya team were excited to be a part of Immersio Mengukir 2022 in Kuala Lumpur, an immersive exhibition featuring more than 60 digital and new media artists produced by the dynamic Filamen team in KL. The Malay word, "Mengukir" means ‘to craft’ so in line with this Cahaya decided to offer open workshops alongside the exhibition where participants were encouraged to explore and craft their own digital identities in an ideal world of 2050. 

Starting with Canva as a basic moodboarding platform then moving onto Spark AR, workshop participants could begin creating without any prior coding or design experience. Spark AR is a great digital platform first launched in 2019 to make custom AR filter creation accessible to the masses and we find it easy to use and great for workshops.

In the workshop, participants learnt the basic skills to conceptualize, design and create their own AR face filters and was the perfect balance of both traditional and digital methods of creating. Cahaya XR sees great value in bringing traditional ways of creative brainstorming and idea development and pairing them with digital creation tools that require more personal attention and technical skill. This combination allows participants to use digital technologies not to replace the old but to complement and develop new skills. 

Thanks to all the participants at our workshops - it was a fantastic opportunity to share, collaborate and get creative with our community.  And thanks so much to the Immersio team for having us. We’ll see you again soon KL! 

Written by

Ashlynn Tham

Luvenia Kalia

Peta Khan

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