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Augmented Reality Face Filters for Instagram

VIVO Media Arts Centre

Saturday, 30 May 2020 at 1:00 PM - Saturday, 6 June 2020 at 5:00 PM (PDT)

Augmented Reality Face Filters for Instagram

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This workshop will take place over video conferencing.


For those facing reduced personal income due to COVID-19the instructor is offering this by-donation option. Those who can afford to should continue to use the Regular or Member rate, as it goes directly to helping pay for the instructor. Thanks!




Create interactive face filters that respond to mobile camera input, with artist Russel Gordon.



8 hours total over 2 session, online


Sat May 30, 1pm - 5pm

Sat June 6, 1pm - 5pm


 All times are Pacific Time


BY DONATION for VIVO Producer Members or those facing reduced income due to COVID-19 


Regular ticket $39 (+GST)


Participants will need:
    1. A Facebook and Instagram account (Free, &
    2. A copy of Spark AR Studio software (Free, Please check that your computer meets the minimum requirements before registering (
    3. A mobile phone with an internet connection and the Spark AR Player App (we will cover setting up the player app in the class)
    4. Access to image editing software to prepare images (Photoshop or equivalent) is required
To join the workshop, participants will use the free Zoom Desktop Client, available here (click on the Download button under "Zoom Client for Meetings"):

This online workshop will introduce you to a basic Augmented Reality software called Spark AR Studio (, which will allow you to create interactive filters and effects that Instagram users can use in their stories. Artist Russell Gordon, VIVO's communication specialist, will show you how to create filters and effects that recognize and respond to face movements and other objects through a user's mobile camera. Following a brief overview and demonstrations, you'll work on your own Augmented Reality filter and then learn how to submit it for publishing to social media. We will be making a version of the 'Which Are You?' Face Filter, popular on Instagram at the moment.

Session One is an overview of the general concepts and workflow. You'll begin sketching your idea and then get feedback through group discussion. For homework, you'll continue to develop and research your idea, and produce the 'assets' to use in the app.

Session Two is a deep dive into producing the 'Which Are You' filter, with the instructor's support. Following the session, you'll submit your filter so it can be searched by other Instagram users. The instructor will continue to be available after Session Two to help you troubleshoot the submission process, which can sometimes be tricky.

Topics covered include:
    • Researching the design components for your filter
    • AR Target Tracking for triggering effects
    • Adding 3D objects and overlays
    • Synchronizing effects with gestures for user interaction
    • Modifying templates
    • Actions and shortcuts to streamline workflow
    • Exporting and uploading to Instagram
    • Publishing your effect and getting it approved on Instagram and Facebook
Here's the software's example page:



Russell Gordon is VIVO Media Arts Centre's communications specialist. He has been working with Augmented Reality since ARKit was made widely available in 2017. He's made a number of Augmented Reality apps and publishes Face Filters for Instagram with collaborator Casey Wei as 'coldboi9969'. Recently, coldboi9969 was commissioned to make a custom Face Filter for Images Festival in Toronto. As an artist, Russell is passionate about using technology for personal expression; his work has been shown nationally and internationally.









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Saturday, 30 May 2020 at 1:00 PM - Saturday, 6 June 2020 at 5:00 PM (PDT)

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VIVO MEDIA ARTS CENTRE, incorporated in 1973 as the Satellite Video Exchange Society (SVES), is Vancouver’s oldest media arts access centre. VIVO continues to fulfill its founding vision by directly supporting independent artists, community-based producers and activists to develop and exchange their skills in a supportive environment. Our members gather around the tools and material means of production to invent new understandings, new genres and new friendships. Reflecting both the diversity of contemporary technologies and the symbiotic communities that coalesce around new forms of knowledge and creativity, our programming fosters formal, aesthetic and critical approaches to media arts practice. VIVO builds an audience of makers, organizers and critics through artists in residence, lectures, workshops, performances, exhibitions and curatorial and archival research. As an integral artist run centre in Vancouver, our resources and facilities will continue to inform and influence engagement in all levels of media art investment.

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