Seeing the Invisible 

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Seeing the Invisible

Seeing the Invisible, the most ambitious and expansive exhibition to date of contemporary artworks created with augmented reality (AR) technology will premiere across 12 botanic gardens in six countries simultaneously in September 2021, with Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne and Cranbourne as the exclusive Australian locations.

The exhibition features works by more than a dozen international artists such as Ai Weiwei, Refik Anadol, El Anatsui, Mohammed Kazem, Sigalit Landau, Sarah Meyohas, Pamela Rosenkranz, and Timur Si-Qin—including several artists’ first work in AR.

Forging new links between botanical gardens located in diverse biomes around the globe, the exhibition fosters collaboration between institutions, artists, and audiences, highlighting the power of art to connect people around the world.

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Seeing the Invisible will feature AR works by 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

The first exhibition of its kind to be developed as a collaboration among botanical gardens around the world, Seeing the Invisible was initiated by the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens and Outset Contemporary Art Fund, and is co-curated by Hadas Maor and Tal Michael Haring.

Seeing the Invisible will open simultaneously at Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne and Cranbourne and botanic gardens in the USA, UK, Israel, South Africa and Canada.

The exhibition will be accessible via a smartphone and tablet through the Seeing the Invisible app, which will be available for iPhone and Android in the App Store and Google Play.

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Presented by Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, this event is part of Victorian Seniors Festival 2021.

This event is proudly supported by Official Partner Specsavers.

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For more information about participating gardens visit the global Seeing the Invisible website 

Sigalit Landau, Salt Stalagmite #1 [Three Bridges], 2021 (detail)

Seeing the Invisible, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria


Jakob Kudsk Steensen, Water Organ, 2021 (detail)

Seeing the Invisible, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

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