So you walk out of Central Station along Elizabeth St, get your phone out and in a couple taps you're looking through the camera across the streets. Where you see stuff. 'Augmented reality' is a few years old now, essentially laying the locations of local interesting things over a live video feed as you move your phone's camera around. Creative space benefactors Queen Street Studios have just put together their own AR camera-fed tour of Surry Hills and Darlinghurst, launching this weekend as Peep Show.
In the (iPhone) app, moments from the suburb's history, history in the making and local hotspots get marked out for you virtually, as the tour takes in spaces as diverse as Brisbane Street's Paramount Pictures building, the now relocated statue of Joy, the sex worker, and the homes and haunts of late lamented 'razorhurst' personalities. And while the app is easy to find, the party is more of a challenge. Officially the launch takes place Saturday and Sunday on the hour, every hour, 11-5 outside Heffron Hall. But for those willing to search for clues around some 'hotspots' highlighted over the weekend, there's also a secret launch party waiting there for the intrepid and the lucky.