“Seeing The Invisible” is one of the most ambitious and expansive design exhibitions of modern art pieces created with augmented reality or AR technology of the year and is planned to open in September 2021 along 12 botanic garden locations across six countries, with the Royal Botanic Gardens of Cranbourne and Melbourne serving as the exclusive venues for Australia.
With over a dozen of various international artists, such as Ai Weiwei, El Anatsui, Mohammed Kazem, Sarah Meyohas, Sigalit Landau, Pamela Rosenkranz, Timur Si-Qin, and Refik Anadol, are included in the show, which includes some debut works from other artists in AR.
The co-curators of the project Hadas Maor and Tal Michael Haring has collaborated with artists to choose existing pieces and commission newly made ones that has addressed theme of nature, technology, and full sustainability.
The use of augmented reality allows the same artwork to be displayed in many locations at the exact same time. The Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in South Africa, the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, and the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh are among the venues that span six nations.
According to the project’s official website, “Seeing The Invisible” is the first exhibition of its stature to be curated in collaboration with botanical gardens from around the globe, and the digital experience with showcase art without disrupting the pieces in the gardens, reducing the carbon footprint of a traditional format of any exhibition.
The show will debut in September and will remain on display for a year or so. The artworks may only be seen in person in any of the participating gardens locations via the “Seeing The Invisible” smartphone app. While the artworks are going to be shown in all of the designated venues, they are enhanced differently in each site based on design and context.