Augmented reality art exhibition Seeing the Invisible will be making its way to Gardens by the Bay on 12 October 2022. This will be the second season of the showcase of works by international artists which will take place at 10 gardens around the world. The first season took place in 2021.
Gardens by the Bay is the only gardens in Asia where season 2 of Seeing the Invisible will be held.
Seeing the Invisible at Gardens by the Bay
Seeing the Invisible at Gardens by the Bay will feature the augmented reality works of 12 artists – Ai Weiwei, Refik Anadol, El Anatsui, Isaac Julien CBE RA, Mohammed Kazem, Sigalit Landau, Sarah Meyohas, Pamela Rosenkranz and Timur Si-Qin.
Visitors will be able to view the artworks, and even interact with them, using an app which can be downloaded on smartphones and tables.
The exhibition has been designed to allow for the works to fit into the natural landscape of the gardens. As they are augmented reality works, the artists were able to go beyond what is possible with physical artworks and also explore the interplay of the physical world with the digital one.
There will be no admission charge to the exhibition at Gardens by the Bay.
Augmented Reality Art: Nature, the Environment and Sustainability
Many of the works created for the exhibition address themes about nature, the environment and sustainability.
An adaptation of one of El Anatsui’s iconic recycled bottle-top installations into an augmented reality tapestry that shimmers gently as though moved by a soft wind;
A new work by Sigalit Landau offering the viewer endless routes of investigation both around and inside the hidden creeks of a work inspired by the natural formation of a salt stalagmite; and
A translation of Ai Weiwei’s Gilded Cage into augmented reality.
Seeing the Invisible is a joint venture among botanical gardens around the world and is initiated by Hannah Rendell, Executive Director at the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens and Candida Gertler, co-founder of Outset Contemporary Art Fund with the support of The Jerusalem Foundations Innovation Fund. The exhibition is co-curated by Hadas Maor and Tal Michael Haring.
Art & Nature
Gardens by the Bay CEO Felix Loh said, “The Seeing the Invisible exhibition of 12 unique works by renowned international artists, adds a new and novel dimension to the existing collection of physical sculptures in Gardens by the Bay, and we are excited to be able to share this special experience with our visitors, especially on the occasion of our tenth anniversary.”
Seeing the Invisible Co-Curator Tal Michael Haring said, “Coming out of the pandemic when outdoor experiences and nature have taken on a new meaning and gravity in our lives, this exhibition represents a fresh way for people to engage with art and nature simultaneously. The interplay of these augmented reality works in vibrant natural settings breaks down the binary between what is often considered ‘natural’ versus ‘digital,’ and in this way provides an exhibition experience that is much more connected to the way we live today.”
Other gardens around the world participating in the second season of Seeing the Invisible include the Adelaide Botanic Garden, Australia, Eden Project, England, and National Garden, Athens, Greece.
More details can be found here.