Crystal Grid - Andrew J Pearson

To enjoy the show, you will need a free app on your phone or other device (Tablet or iPad) that has a rear facing camera and headphones.

Here’s how to get all you need. 

(*)  Aurasma {now call HP Reveal) is an Augmented Reality Platform. Here are the download directions for Android and iPhone users. No need to fear.                                              

This is a trusted application owned by Hewlett Packard.

1 Open Play Store or App Store.

2 Search HP Reveal or Aurasma app.

3  Select Install or Get. (How much space/data usage will this take on my device? Not much. See FAQ below.)

4  If asked about Aurasma accessing your camera/location/files, select accept. If you have concerns about this, refer to FAQ sheet below. Installation will complete in a moment.

5  Select open.

6  Swipe left until you reach the page that displays the optio to sign up or skip. Select skip. However you may be prompted to sign up using your email, creating a user name and password. You may also need to activate your account via your email. *Hewlett Packard does not send spam. See FAQ sheet below.

7  Open the app and a scanner will appear. Select the butterfly symbol at top or bottom of the screen.

8  A new screen will appear, select search.

9  In search, type thecrystalgrid   Select page and then select follow.                                                                     

10  Select scanner symbol at top or bottom of the screen.

11  Now to scan each work. Plug in your head set, hold your device still and centre the whole image on your screen, wait a few seconds then enjoy the audio visual feast.  




What is augmented reality?

A technology that superimposes computer-generated moving images and audio on your view of the world through your phone or tablet via a scanning tool. 

How do I get it?

The augmented reality platform used for this show is called Aurasma and is available to download for free from the App Store and Google Play. This App is easily installed on most reasonably up to date Apple and Android devices.

Why does Aurasma require my email?

Your email is used only once for verification purposes when installing Aurasma. This is primarily to prevent misuse of the application. You will not receive spam from Hewlett Packard (the owners of Aurasma)

*‘’Security. The information we collect may be stored locally on your device and may be transmitted to our servers in the United States and/or European Union’’. (Aurasma User Privacy Policy)

Why does Aurasma require access to my camera, files and location?

Aurasma needs access to your camera so it can scan the work. For this exhibition, your location is not necessary and the scanner should still operate with location disabled.  Aurasma only accesses your files at your command in the same way Facebook and Twitter do and only if you have signed in and created an account. 


How much data will this interactive experience use?

Aurasma requires only 62.30 MB of space. Viewing the show uses very little data.

*This estimate may vary slightly depending on your device.

*You can view the full privacy policy at 

The app can be deleted from your device at any time after viewing the show using your application manager.

Trouble Shooting

1 Be sure to hold your device reasonably still while scanning and watching the audio visual component making sure the whole image on the wall is visible on your screen.

2 You can take a comfortable seat in front of the work. Most of the images will trigger the audio visual component if scanned at a slight angle. 

3 A target image will pulse for a moment when the scanner has detected the audio visual component. Wait a moment and the audio visual component will appear.

4 With the mandala type images, it is best to scan the image toward the top or scan in from top right corner until the target image appears.

5 If the audio visual component appears upside down, try turning your device up the other way and re-scanning. This should resolve the issue.

6      If you can’t find the scanner symbol or no audio visual component is appearing, check that you are following  ' thecrystalgrid'  If you have done this, click out of all Apps. Then click on the Aurasma symbol which looks like a purple butterfly in your App. menu (below left)

If the scanner screen which appears like a grid of bouncing dots does not instantly appear, look for the scanner symbol below and tap.

(Below right)

Experiment and enjoy.