Seeing the Invisible art exhibition at Kirstenbosch Gardens officially launched on 22 September 2021 and will run until August 2023. The much anticipated show features 13 contemporary artworks from internationally acclaimed artists by means of the Seeing the Invisible app that will use physical locations in the Garden and augment the real world with virtual artworks.
It is an art showcase unlike anything you will ever experience and it is hosted in the lush gardens of Kirstenbosch.
“The AR technology is the first of its kind to be used in an exhibition at a SANBI Botanical Garden,” says Sarah Struys, Events and Tourism Manager at Kirstenbosch. “Kirstenbosch visitors will be able to engage with global artists masterpieces. You’ll be able to walk around or through some of the pieces and even hear sound effects. AR creates an entertaining experience in ways that would not be possible with a conventional exhibition.”
Each artwork explores the boundaries and connections between art, technology and nature, some with thought-provoking perspectives.
Tips for your visit:
- The Seeing the Invisible app works on Android and iPhones not older than three years.
- We recommend visitors download the app at home.
- Complimentary wifi will be available from the Visitor Centre (Gate 1) to download the app, but there is no wifi along the art route. Visitors must use their own data to use the app.
- Bring earphones/headphones to experience the exhibition with all your senses.
- Make sure your phone is fully charged before you start.
- Be mindful of other visitors’ private space as well as the plant beds and installations.
Kirstenbosch and the exhibition will be open every day. Entry to the exhibition is free but garden entry fees apply; Botanical Society (BotSoc) members with membership cards will gain free access to the garden and exhibition.
For additional information about the exhibition at Kirstenbosch, visit seeing the invisible.
Seeing the Invisible will feature AR works by the following artists:
- Ai Weiwei (b. 1957, Beijing, China; lives and works in Berlin Tempelhof Airport, Germany)
- Refik Anadol (b. 1985, Istanbul, Turkey; lives and works in Los Angeles, USA)
- El Anatsui (b. 1944, Anyako, Ghana; lives and works in Nigeria)
- Ori Gersht (b. 1967, Tel Aviv, Israel; lives and works in London, UK)
- Mohammed Kazem (b. 1969, Dubai, UAE; lives and works in Dubai, UAE)
- Sigalit Landau (b. 1969, Jerusalem, Israel; lives and works in Tel Aviv, Israel)
- Daito Manabe (b. 1976, Tokyo, Japan; lives and works in Tokyo, Japan)
- Sarah Meyohas (b. 1991, New York City, USA; lives and works in New York City, USA)
- Mel O’Callaghan (b. 1975, Sydney, Australia; lives and works in Paris, France)
- Pamela Rosenkranz (b. 1979, Switzerland; lives and works in Zurich, Switzerland)
- Timur Si-Qin (b. 1984; lives and works in New York City, USA)
- Jakob Kudsk Steensen (b. 1987, Denmark; lives and works in Berlin, Germany)