Augment Earth

“Augment Earth” pays homage to the transportation crossroads of the Great Lakes and Mississippi waterways used by residents for thousands of years. The virtual experience firmly situates Indigenous perspectives, histories, and futures into Chicago’s urban landscape.

Using a smartphone app and geolocation, visitors will encounter an interactive digital gallery of Native histories, cultures, and augmented infographics hovering over indigenous points of interest like Coiled Serpent Mound, throughout Chicago and beyond.

Much gratitude to the support of our funders: E(art)H Chicago, Chicago Community Trust, JoCarno Fund, Joyce Foundation, DCASE, and Illinois Humanities.


About the Artist

Santiago X – The trajectory of X’s practice is an exploration of the human interface between our built environment, technology, history, futurity, our own self-relevance, and how we navigate this relationship to construct our notions of order.

As an Indigenous Futurist, he believes art can transcend representation and become something sacred that embodies life. He believes that through a multiplicity of creation and being, our knowledge can be embedded into the landscape providing access for future generations of prosperity.

His work directly engages the notions of a post-human world but actualizes to activate the possibility of our own prosperity by painting our self-constructed limitations and deconstructing them.


Santiago X


Chicago, IL