Seeing the Invisible - Ori Gersht 2

Image credit: Ori Gersht, Forget Me Not, 2021 (detail)

The Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (RBG) join the Victorian Seniors Festival Reimagined with a variety of online and on-site events.

Seeing the Invisible

Seeing the Invisible is an ambitious and expansive exhibition of contemporary artworks created with augmented reality (AR) technology showing across 12 botanic gardens in six countries. Melbourne and Cranbourne Gardens are the exclusive Australian locations.

Addressing themes of nature, the environment and sustainability, and exploring the boundaries and connections between art, technology and nature, the exhibition features immersive virtual works by more than a dozen established and emerging artists including Ai Weiwei, Refik Anadol, Sarah Meyohas, El Anatsui, Mohammed Kazem, Sigalit Landau, Timur Si-Qin and Australia’s Mel O’Callaghan.

Seeing the Invisible was initiated by the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens in partnership with Outset Contemporary Art Fund and is the first exhibition of its kind to be developed as a collaboration among global botanic gardens including in the USA, UK, Israel, South Africa, Canada and Australia.

The exhibition will be accessible via smartphone and tablet through the Seeing the Invisible app which will be available for iPhone and Android in the App Store and Google Play,  and it is best experienced with headphones.

Spend an hour or the day tracking down the augmented, interactive artworks and experience the Gardens as (virtual) galleries.

Co-curated by Hadas Maor and Tal Michael Haring.

From September 2021

More information on Seeing the Invisible

Flora and the Baron

Baron Ferdinand von Mueller

Image credit: David Joseph, digital collage, Bowerbird Theatre

Baron Ferdinand von Mueller – eccentric outsider, global scientific powerhouse and Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria’s first director – has a tale to tell. Cut off from his beloved Gardens for the last twenty years of his life in self-imposed exile, his spirit re-enters the Gardens as your narrative audio tour guide, delighting in the powerful beauty of the plants, revelling in his scientific legacy, and entertaining us with stories from his remarkable life.  

The Baron will guide you on your journey through Melbourne Gardens, starting outside Gate F. Use your smartphone to scan the QR code, and connect your headphones to listen to this free audio tour, which features Mueller’s prolific writing and imagines his response to his considerable legacy. 

Friday 6 August - Friday 31 December 2021
Duration: 50 minutes

The audio tour is also available on Soundcloud.

More information on Flora and the Baron

Harp Meditation with Michael Johnson

Slow down and breathe easy to the soothing sounds of this guided meditation led by harpist Michael Johnson.

Take part in the meditation on the RBG website.