Public Projects

Ivan Toth Depeña:
Lapse [The Visions]


As a new chapter of the artist’s ongoing series The Fallen Sky Chronicles, Lapse consists of six interwoven components: The Visions & The Collective, a series of publically accessible murals including the one on view at Locust Projects; The Sounds, a GPS-based audio soundscape discoverable on Miami’s downtown MetroMover; The Writings, a virtual walking prose experience in Museum Park; The Sculpture, an augmented experience triggered by a public sculpture; and The Moment, a site-specific exhibition at Locust Projects’ space in the Miami Design District.

Connecting each of these six components is Lapse, a custom mobile application which Depeña created with the help of The Heavy Projects, a software engineering firm based in Southern California. Through groundbreaking augmented reality (AR), technology, Lapse responds to triggers and activates each of the components by revealing virtual and auditory experiences with a mobile device’s camera lens and sound output. 

The Lapse mobile app can be downloaded onto a device at

  • Tap on the icon on the map corresponding with the artwork and navigate to location

  • Hold up your smartphone as if you were taking a photo of the mural

  • Explore the map within the Lapse app to locate other augmented reality triggers throughout Miami! 

This artwork is part of the Miami-Dade County Public Art collection, made possible with the support of the Maimi-Dade County Mayor and the Board of County Comissioners and the Art in Public Places Trust, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

“The Moment”
Lapse was originally installed on the south facing exterior wall of Locust Projects in conjunction with Depena's The Moment, a site-specific installation at Locust Projects’ exhibition space in the Miami Design District. The Moment consisted of a multi-media installation featuring a structure based on the archetype of a suburban house, which has been broken in half to reveal a light-filled, geode-like interior. As described in The Fallen Sky Chronicles, the installation illustrates the instant when a breakthrough to an alternate world occurs, the first event in the sequence unlocking the augmented reality dimension. The exhibition is accompanied by an installation of one of The Visions murals on the south exterior of Locust Projects’ exhibition space. The Moment (Compiled Process), also activated by Lapse to reveal a kaleidoscopic burst of color and movement.Painted in conjunction with Ivan Toth Depeña’s 2016 exhibition at Locust Projects, The Moment, the mural on the building’s south exterior wall, The Visions, is part of a city-wide augmented reality experience. The Visions reveals several virtual layers including animations, personal sketches, writings, and sampled architectural context when viewed through the Lapse mobile application. Inspired by invisible data flowing between and around us, The Visions unlocks an alternate reality and fuses it with the physical realm.

About the Artist:

Ivan Toth Depeña is an artist currently based in Charlotte, NC, after having lived and worked in Miami, FL and New York, NY. Ivan's commercial design studio is known as Airboat, Inc. With a Masters Degree in Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, Depeña’s artistic production is informed by his experience in art, architecture, technology and design, and encompasses a range of media. Depeña pursues the intersection between different disciplines with the aim of choreographing the moment when these aspects come together seamlessly. Using traditional avenues such as drawing, painting and sculpture then interweaving interactivity/responsiveness, video, light and high-tech methods of fabrication, Depeña explores the fine line between chance and intention. 

Depeña has been working increasingly in the public realm and maintains a rigorous and experimental, self directed studio practice. He has exhibited extensively, nationally and internationally, in both solo and group exhibitions, including at the McColl Center, NC; Praxis NY, NYC; New Britain Museum of American Art, CT; Miami Art Museum, Frost Art Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami. Depeña has recently completed large-scale public commissions in New York, NY; Denver, CO; Albuquerque, NM; Gainesville, and Miami, FL. His work is held in numerous public and private collections.

In early 2014, he was awarded a prestigious Knight Arts Challenge Miami Grant for his proposal for a first of it’s kind series of augmented reality public art projects throughout South Florida called “Lapse”. Depeña was also a finalist for the renowned Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO) Grants & Commissions program for Hispanic artists for 2017-2018. In addition, he received a nominated for the prestigious United States Artist grant in 2017.

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