PionEAR is an upcoming iOS app that allows users to take thematic audio tours of their city. Based on where you are, PionEAR will find the tours with drop pins closest to your geographic location and automatically begin playing them, or you may select a tour that interests you and go to where its pins are located. All you need is a phone or tablet with iOS and a headset.

Urban Relics, Reale's upcoming channel on PionEAR, is a virtual tour of the virtually useless; physical parts of the urban environment that are no longer used or whose use has been drastically altered, yet remain intact–or even maintained. The tour’s concept was inspired by artist Akasegawa Genpei's exploration practice of searching for these objects, which he called Thomassons, in post-industrial Japan. 


Read more about PionEAR here.

And more about Thomassons, here.