Seeing the Invisible, an augmented reality exhibition at Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden (SANBI)

Oct 19 - Sep 30 2023       Malcolm Rd, Roodepoort
Seeing the Invisible is a global exhibition in which artists have created Augmented Reality (AR) works to be displayed in parks and gardens worldwide. Now at Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden, this exhibition is a mind-bending way to explore this fantastic green space.

The exhibition features works by more than a dozen international artists such as Ai Weiwei, Refik Anadol, El Anatsui, Isaac Julien CBE RA, Mohammed Kazem, Sigalit Landau, Sarah Meyohas, Pamela Rosenkranz and Timur Si-Qin.

Download the Seeing the Invisible app for Android or iOS, and once you arrive at the gardens, all you need is your smartphone and headphones or ear-buds to enjoy the digital displays. It's fun for the whole family. 

Tal Michael Haring, exhibition co-curator says, “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.”
Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden – Sigalit Landau
Sigalit Landau's Augmented Reality artwork at Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden. Photo: SANBI.

Seeing the Invisible places the same exhibition of commissioned artworks in outdoor settings located all around the world, creating parallels and contrasts between them. From Athens to Adelaide and many cities in between, park visitors have been able to enjoy this exhibition. 

The AR nature of the exhibition allows for the creation of expansive, immersive works that engage with existing features of the natural landscape beyond the limitations of what is possible with physical artworks. Many of the works address related themes around nature, the environment, and sustainability, and explore the interplay of the physical world with the digital one.

Haring continues, “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.”



08:00–17:00 Oct 19 2022 - Sep 30 2023
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