MOCA presents the acclaimed augmented reality (AR) contemporary art exhibition Seeing the Invisible in partnership with the City of Toronto and Toronto Parks Forestry and Recreation. The exhibition includes AR works by internationally recognized artists such as Isaac Julien, Pamela Rosenkranz and Ai Wei Wei. The route includes locations at MOCA, Sorauren Park and throughout High Park, taking visitors on an exploration of virtual art and nature as the artworks are seen and activated using a mobile app. This is the first time that Seeing The Invisible is presented in public space and the entire programme is free. Seeing The Invisible was initiated and organized by the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens in partnership with Outset Contemporary Art Fund and has been locally tailored by MOCA to be a unique experience for Toronto residents and visitors for a full year.
Seeing the Invisible creates a new approach to present and discuss art in the current pandemic crisis, while also allowing local communities to be exposed to the forefront of international contemporary art. The exhibition features thirteen AR artworks by established artists from various countries: Ai Weiwei, Jakob Kudsk Steensen, Sarah Meyohas, Timur Si-Qin, Isaac Julien CBE RA, Ori Gersht, Refik Anadol, El Anatsui, Pamela Rosenkranz, Mohammed Kazem, Mel O’Callaghan, Daito Manabe, Sigalit Landau. The co-curators of Seeing the Invisible, 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.
Setting these digital experiences within natural and urban contexts, without disturbing the actual land and keeping the carbon footprint to a minimum, the exhibition addresses themes pertaining to nature, environment, and sustainability and explores the boundaries and connections between art, technology, and nature. Both bleak and hopeful, each artwork offers a unique perspective on these unresolved issues, creating thought-provoking, experiential, and contemplative spaces for the viewers to immerse in.
Viewers are invited to start the route at MOCA, which will act as a hub by introducing the project and the artwork locations. The walking route takes around 1–1.5 hours and has been devised by MOCA to include a variety of experiences throughout urban park contexts. Individuals will need to use their own personal wi-fi connected devices to position the digital works, launch them into existence and, in many cases, experience the way their own physical presence affects the work and changes the environment.
While the walking route has been mapped to be as accessible as possible, the project takes place in public space and MOCA is not responsible for the physical conditions of the paths or personal route choices/changes and inaccessibility due to inclement weather.
For more information please visit the Seeing the Invisible website.