Outset Contemporary Art Fund (Greece)

The most ambitious and expansive exhibition to date of contemporary artworks created with augmented reality (AR) technology appearing simultaneously in gardens around the world.

Seeing the Invisible is an augmented reality contemporary art exhibition initiated in 2021 by the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens in partnership with Outset Contemporary Art Fund, with the support of the Jerusalem Foundation, co-curated by Hadas Maor and Tal Michael Haring.

Seeing the Invisible features new works by more than a dozen international artists including Ai Wei Wei, Ori Gersht, Mohammed Kazem, Sigalit Landau, Sarah Meyohas, and Jakob Kudsk Steensen—including several artists’ first works in AR.

The exhibition for the period 2022-2023 is presented in the National Garden of Athens in parallel with ten (10) other botanical gardens around the world. Thirteen (13) Augmented Reality works by famous international artists are hosted in the Seeing the Invisible exhibition in all gardens. For the exhibition in Greece, Lukia Alavanou, a Greek artist, was commissioned to create a new work, “Nea Zoi” (New Life), making the National Garden the only one to include 14 exhibits.

The participating artists are Refik Anadol, El Anatsui, Ori Gersht, Isaac Julien CBE RA, Mohammed Kazem, Sigalit Landau, Daito Manabe, Sarah Meyohas, Mel O’Callaghan, Pamela Rosenkranz, Timur Si-Qin, Jakob Kudsk Steensen, Ai Weiwei.

Including new artwork of Greek artist Lukia Alavanou – “Nea Zoi 2022”

This AR piece is the outcome of a dialogue with children from the marginal Romani community of Nea Zoi, an uncharted toxic wasteland in the periphery of Western Athens.

A dystopic world, made out of visual and auditory elements that pollute their everyday landscape transforms into a green U-topia, a non-place inspired by elements drawn by the children who were asked how they would dream their neighbourhood to look like.

The exhibition focuses on the relationship between man and the environment, exploring the boundaries and connections between art, technology and nature. The report utilizes models of sustainable practices, thus placing these digital experiences within the botanical gardens, underlining the importance of protecting flora and fauna of the region and limiting the carbon footprint to a minimum.

The exhibition’s themes centre around our relationship with nature and explore the boundaries and connections between art, technology, and nature. The AR nature of the exhibition allows for immersive works that engage with the natural landscape beyond the boundaries of what is possible with physical artworks. There is also no disturbance to the grounds of the gardens and the carbon footprint of the exhibition has been kept to a minimum.

Supported by Outset Contemporary Art Fund Greece, we will be hosting tailored-made Refugee Week Greece tours of the exhibition with discussions around compassion, art and citizenship.

Not to be missed

19-25th June 2023

National Garden,

Leof. Vasilisis Amalias 1, Athina 105 57, Athens