JM | Jul 21, 2021

Bonito Thompson launches Don Dada augmented reality art show

Al Edwards

Al Edwards / Our Today

The artwork of Bonito Thompson.

Young Jamaican artist  Bonito Thompson is combining technology, culture and art to showcase an altogether new kind of Jamaican art show that will have you intrigued.

To enter the show, you open your camera on your smartphone and place it on the QR code which can be accessed from the website. This takes you into the augmented reality Instagram art show once you have received a notification.

Though artists from around the world have done augmented reality art shows before, this is the first of its kind in Jamaica.

Thompson told Our Today that, before embarking on this project, he conducted extensive research and concluded he could reach a wider audience via Facebook and Instagram.

Bonito Thompson

The app for the Don Dada show is called ‘Spark AR’ and was developed by a unit of Facebook.

Explaining the concept, Thompson said: “This will be a series of art shows that blends the physical world with an artistic and immersive digital experience.

“Through the use of cutting edge augmented reality technology, viewers will be treated to an immersive art show where the paintings seem to leap off the canvas and into a 3D space right in front of you.”


The first shows took place at District 5, R Hotel in Kingston on Monday and Tuesday of this week.

The second show runs from Thursday to Saturday at 10A on West Kings House Road in Kingston, right across from the Canadian High Commission.

Sponsors and backers include: Best Dressed, Wray & Nephew, Tourism Enhancement Fund, Portrait Place, Island Arts, Red Stripe, Grace, Rainforest, M-One and Main Event.

The artwork of Bonito Thompson.

The National Library is also part of this project.

Thompson is an artist on the rise who has two other projects in development. The first is  ‘Passion Fruit’  which sees 12 artworks in animated frames.

The second is a documentary on dancehall culture.

Speaking with Our Today this week, Thompson said he would like to exhibit his work all over the world and is now looking to target the Diaspora.


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