Entering the Garden from the entrance of L. Amalia, the natural environment is enriched with the works of the exhibition Seeing The Invisible. Seeing the Invisible requires its free application (https://seeingtheinvisble.art/app/) on the visitor's mobile phone (with a minimum of 4GB memory) or iPad, tablet. After connecting to wifi, the proposed route appears on the app's map and the works hidden scattered throughout the Garden are revealed.
The experiential and one-of-a-kind exhibition is presented in the National Garden of Athens and at the same time in ten botanical gardens around the world. For its Athenian edition, the Greek department of Outset (founded in 2012 by Elina Kountouri) collaborated with the municipality of Athens. The eponymous exhibition began as an initiative of the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens and in its first phase, in 2021, was presented simultaneously in twelve gardens around the world, in collaboration with the contemporary art organization Outset Contemporary Art Fund (founded in 2003 based in London) and the support of the Jerusalem Foundation.
"The theme of the exhibition is a reference to climate change and the loss of biodiversity. It adopts models of sustainable practices from outside and places these digital experiences inside the gardens, highlighting the importance of the flora and fauna of the area and keeping the carbon footprint to a minimum" emphasizes Artemis Stamatiadis, director of Outset Greece.
The National Garden of Athens hosts thirteen augmented reality works by renowned international artists as well as a commission from Outset Greece to a Greek artist, Loukia Alavanou, with the result that the National Garden is the only participating Garden with 14 works.
Loukia Alavanou's project "Nea Zoi" was co-created with Roma children from Nea Zoi Aspropyrgos, who transformed with their paintings a dystopian original landscape into a green flower-strewn place, as they would ideally like their neighborhood.
Unseen works scattered throughout the National Garden await visitors. Between them is a huge circle that forms zero, a symbol of peace, solidarity and coexistence, according to Persian scholar theory. The project was originally designed for the United Arab Emirates, home of participating artist Mohamed Kazem, who invites the viewer to traverse the circle that embodies universal values, as if starting from equal ground.
As the day progresses, the light, shadows and reflections above the digital structure change, further enhancing the connection between work and natural environment. The same applies to the cave-temple of artist Timur Si-Qin - originally from China and based in Berlin. Through a portal the viewer passes through rooms with designed walls and constellations on the ceiling. The project proposes a new secular faith in the face of climate change, global pandemics and the collapse of biodiversity.
The impressive colorful tapestry of soft drink caps, a combination of aesthetics and commentary on post-colonial history, racial discrimination, consumerism, is the work of sculptor El Anatsui, which he constructed together with the Ghanaian community. Refik Anadol's surrealist work from Turkey combines creation with artificial intelligence and other interesting works are revealed in the Seeing The Invisible exhibition, which runs until September 2023.
More information at www.seeingtheinvisible.art