This AR exhibit showcases digital experiences in botanical gardens around the world


Around ten botanical gardens around the world will host sculptures from the biggest names in contemporary art this fall. The peculiarity of this showcase, however, is that the works will not be visible to the naked eye, but through an accompanying application.

The Jerusalem Botanical Garden and the Outset Contemporary Art Fund have set out to make the invisible visible through a large exhibition of art in augmented reality. The curators, Tal Michael Haring and Hadas Maor, have teamed up with international artists such as Ai Weiwei, Refik Anadol, El Anatsui, Mohammed Kazem and Sigalit Landau to present digital sculptures to the public. While most have been specially designed for the exhibition, the works of Ori Gersht and Sarah Meyohas have been adapted from existing projects.

Visitors will have to use an application specially designed for the exhibition to see the sculptures appear in augmented reality in the 12 gardens participating in the exhibition. See the invisible. While visitors will see the same artwork in Melbourne as in Denver, it will be integrated differently in each location.

“By setting these digital experiences inside botanical gardens in different countries, without disrupting preservations and keeping the carbon footprint to a minimum, the exhibition addresses themes relating to nature, the environment and sustainability. and explores the boundaries and links between art, technology and nature, ”explains the official website of the event.

See the invisible will be held simultaneously in 12 botanical gardens in the United States, Great Britain, Israel, South Africa, Australia and Canada, starting in September. The application accompanying the exhibition can already be downloaded from the official website of the event.

While See the invisible is presented as the first exhibition in augmented reality organized with botanical gardens, the cultural sector is increasingly exploring this new artistic medium.

A recent festival called Augmented Palace, dedicated to artistic creation in augmented reality, was staged in Paris in June by the Grand Palais exhibition and museum center and the Fisheye magazine. At the time, the empty space of the Grand Palais Éphémère was transformed with the help of five augmented reality works, created for the occasion by Mélanie Courtinat, Lauren Moffatt, Mélodie Mousset, Manuel Rossner and Theo Triantafyllidis. Visitors were able to discover them through the “Augmented Palace” application. – AFP


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