San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas 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.
Visitors can view the exhibition only through Seeing the Invisible app, which is available for download to smartphones and tablets in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. Wi-Fi is limited at the Garden, so please download the app prior to your arrival at the Garden! The app will display AR works only upon entrance to San Diego Botanic Garden.
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.
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.
Seeing the Invisible fosters collaboration among institutions, artists, and audiences to highlight the power of art and nature to connect people. 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.
San Diego Botanic Garden
300 Quail Gardens Drive
Encinitas, CA 92024
Sep 28, 2021 - ongoing
Recurs every Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Member: Free, Adult: $18, Senior: $12, Youth: $10
The main entrance to the Garden is located at 300 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, CA, 92024. The main parking lot is off Ecke Ranch Road, next to the glass Dickinson Family Education Conservatory. SDBG currently requires all visitors (both members and non-members) to reserve an entry time online before arriving at the Garden.
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