Seeing The Invisible — An Augmented Reality Exhibition — Is Now Open At The Royal Botanic Gardens

Nicole de Souza Nicole de Souza - Staff Writer

Seeing The Invisible — An Augmented Reality Exhibition — Is Now Open At The Royal Botanic Gardens

Experience the gardens in a whole new way by Seeing the Invisible.

Remember years ago when Pokémon Go got everybody to go outside and exercise? That’s the power of augmented reality (AR), which enhances the real world with virtual effects. And now, in the most ambitious AR exhibition ever, the Royal Botanic Gardens has launched an exhibition filled with contemporary artworks in augmented reality. Discover the exhibition at the Botanic Gardens, if you live within 10km of either their Melbourne or Cranbourne locations. For those outside the 10km limit, this exhibition ends in August 2022, so you’ll have plenty of time to check it out.

What is Seeing the Invisible?

Seeing the Invisible is the first of its kind. Initiated by the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens and Outset Contemporary Art Fund, this exhibition was developed in collaboration with botanical gardens all over the world. The Melbourne and Cranbourne locations will show this exhibition exclusively in Australia. However, this exhibition will also be on display at botanic gardens in Canada, the Middle East, South Africa, UK and USA.

Use your phone to see the artwork interact with the environment. As each garden is different, each experience will feel unique. That is to say, you can check it out in both Melbourne and Cranbourne and still have a good time.

Seeing The Invisible launched simultaneously around six countries. The Melbourne and Cranbourne gardens are the exclusive locations for Australia.


What kind of art is there?

This exhibition features 13 augmented reality works of art from both emerging artists and established ones. For many artists, this is their first time working in AR. This exhibition allows communities around the world to see new contemporary art without being limited by the pandemic. Each piece of art can only be experienced in the gardens, exploring the connection between art, technology and nature.

Seeing the Invisible will include work from the following artists:

  • Ai Weiwei, Beijing, China
  • Refik Anadol, Istanbul, Turkey
  • El Anatsui, Anyako, Ghana
  • Ori Gersht, Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Mohammed Kazem, Dubai, UAE
  • Sigalit Landau, Jerusalem, Israel
  • Daito Manabe, Tokyo, Japan
  • Sarah Meyohas, New York City, USA
  • Mel O’Callaghan, Sydney, Australia
  • Pamela Rosenkranz, Zurich, Switzerland
  • Timur Si-Qin, Berlin, Germany
  • Jakob Kudsk Steensen, Denmark
  • Isaac Julien CBE, London, UK

To see the exhibition, download the Seeing the Invisible app. This app works on both Apple and Android so you don’t have to worry about missing out! Visit the gardens in the daytime to see the art in the best way possible.

Learn more about the exhibition here.

While you’re in the gardens, try this: Wander The Royal Botanic Gardens With A Baron In Your Ear On This Free Audio Tour

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