The Blue Violet River \\ Anita Fontaine

Book your tickets via Mersey Ferries.

“I want to update the conventional guided tour into something magical that weaves together science fiction, environmental themes and local architecture into a future fairytale – as seen from the River Mersey Ferry” – Anita Fontaine

Step aboard the iconic Mersey Ferry to inhabit a fantasy-fiction world exploring an evolved reality brought about by climate change, rising sea levels and tropical climates. 

Using augmented reality (AR), artist Anita Fontaine invites the viewer to suspend belief and encounter a kaleidoscopic world of psychedelic sculptures exploding from land and water. Watch as the Liverpool skyline playfully shapeshifts, revealing a surreal alternate reality of our local urban landscape in The Blue Violet River. 

The work can be experienced by passengers via eight custom-built, tablet-based viewfinders on the decks of the Mersey Ferry. AND Festival will also provide headphones at the terminal and on deck, for passengers who want to listen to the audio track. There will also be a small number of performers on deck, costumed as inhabitants from Anita’s Fontaine’s future fairytale, in a pop up performance ritual during each cruise (Friday – Sunday).

The Blue Violet River playfully envisions a peaceful future vision of evolved humanity, freed from an unsustainable past and tuned into a new core consciousness of planetary sound frequencies. From the river’s intercontinental trade to the regular blooms of moon jellyfish drawn in by tidal currents, our post-industrial perspective of the River Mersey playfully warps in this future-forward techno fantasy.

The Blue Violet River will be presented on board Mersey Ferries, and we recommend travelling from Liverpool to Woodside, to experience the work as it was intended. The total length of the cruise and the augmented reality and audio experience is 50 minutes.

Thursday 24 June + Friday 25 June, cruises are every hour, on the hour 10am – 4pm  (last cruise 4pm, returning to Liverpool for 4.50pm)

Saturday 26 June + Sunday 27 June, cruises are every hour, on the hour 10am – 5pm (last cruise 5pm, returning to Liverpool for 5.50pm)

Book your River Explorer Cruise ticket via the Mersey Ferries website. We recommend booking in advance and arriving 10 minutes before the cruise time, to collect headphones for the experience.

Working with the Mersey Ferries team, we have taken into account government guidance relating to social distancing, and will safely accommodate you and your group throughout your time with us. Please bring your own face mask. There will be hand washing / sanitising stations around the site.

The Blue Violet River by Anita Fontaine. Commissioned and produced by Abandon Normal Devices. Supported using public funding by Arts Council England and Wirral Council, with further support from Merseytravel.

Event info:

  • Thu 24th — Sun 27th Jun 2021
    @ 10am - 4pm (Thu + Fri), 10am - 5pm (Sat + Sun)
  • Mersey Ferries
  • £11 Adult, £7 Child, £9.50 Concession. Children under 5 go free + family tickets available

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