Unprecedented Augmented Reality Exhibition Premieres at San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas
Opening simultaneously at 12 gardens around the globe
On Friday, September 24th, SDBG premieres the most ambitious and expansive exhibition to date of contemporary artworks created with augmented reality (AR) technology. Seeing the Invisible features works by 13 international artists: Ai Weiwei, Sarah Meyohas, Daito Manabe, El Anatsui, Sigalit Landau, Timur Si-Qin, Jakob Kudsk Steensen, Pamela Rosenkranz, Meg O'Callaghan, Refik Anadol, Isaac Julien CBE, Mohammed Kazem, and Ori Gerscht. SDBG recommends allowing at least 90 minutes to visit the full exhibition.
Entrance is included with the price admission. Members receive free admission. Non-member admissions range from $10 to $18. SDBG provides free entry to members of other gardens participating in the American Horticultural Society's Reciprocal Admissions Program.
Visitors can view the exhibition only through Seeing the Invisible app, which is available for download to smartphones and tablets (see links above). Please download the app to your device prior to your arrival at San Diego Botanic Garden. The app will display AR works only upon arrival at San Diego Botanic Garden. See the FAQs for more details.
Seeing the Invisible places the same exhibition of commissioned artworks in analogous sites in 12 gardens with different biomes across Australia, Canada, Israel, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the US. For example, the same work might be set within a group of coastal prickly pear cacti in San Diego and among a lush forest of giant redwoods in Edinburgh.
Co-curators, Hadas Maor (curator of contemporary art) and Tal Michael Haring (virtual and augmented reality expert and curator) worked with the artists to select existing works as well as commission new ones, and to position these new experiential artworks in unique spots in each of the participating botanical gardens. As institutions holding documented collections of living plants for the purpose of scientific research, conservation, display, and education, botanical gardens are hybrids in their own right, blending nature and cultivation, order and coincidence.
The first exhibition of its kind, Seeing the Invisible was initiated by the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens and Outset Contemporary Art Fund, and has been made possible in partnership with The Jerusalem Foundation. More information is available on the global Seeing the Invisible website.