by Patricia Frischer
This show will premiere across 12 gardens in six countries simultaneously in September 2021 will be available for a whole year until August, 2022. So in our local venue the works might be seen in a coastal setting but somewhere else it might be in a forest. It is co-curated by Hadas Maor and Tal Michael Haring organized by Jerusalem Botanical Gardens and Outset Contemporary Art Fund. At SDBG, the president and CEO Ari Novy started this process one years ago, but SDBG was lucky to hire Senior Director of Education and Visitor Services Tomoko Kuta who joined the staff in April and helped to plan each location for optimal viewing.
Besides investigating the subjects of each of the works, this is a chance to explore the interplay of the physical world with the digital one. It aims to present nature AND digital instead of nature versus digital.
You need a smartphone or tablet to
experience these work available to download from Apple
App or Google
Play App. The exhibition is included in the price of admittance to the gardens and
free to members. If your device is not enabled, you can borrow an iphone from SDBG on a first come first serve basis.
|Ari Novy on his World of Bromeliads throne|
|Ai Weiwei - Stoll through a Gilded Cage with turnstiles which makes that familiar sound as you ratchet around the space. Look up and yearn for freedom. Or consider yourself safely cocooned from the outside world but with a view.|
|Mohammed Kazem - Directions (Zero) Sited on a dramatic overlook, this enormous zero looms up and over you but peer closely to see the writing on the surface are location of every country in the world. And visit often to see the ever changing color.|
|Mel O'Callaghan -Pneuma One of the most powerful of the works, this globe distorts your view of the bamboo where it is sited, But as you can move inside the image, the heavy breathing and pulsing of the shapes becomes truly ominous.|
- If you have not been to the Botanic Garden recently, there is a new entrance which is just a few block north from the old entrance. It is well marked and you park in a lot right next to the Dickenson Family glass conservatory.
- When you download the app, swipe up to start, try to find the signs for each of the AG sites. The little blue direction cones help to orient you to the right direction.
- Put your sound level on high for the best experience.
- The app will let you know when you are there and then follow the prompts.
- Try centering at different points of the same work especially if the sun is in your eyes.
- Move around and even through the works, Look up and down and go up close.
- If you smart device is not accepeted, borrow one of the loaner phones (which I had to do).
- Go back again on a day with different weather as the background is so much a part of the experience and the AG is available until August of 2022.
- Take water with you and make sure your device is chargedh!
|A wonderful tower of Bromeliads.|
|This wonderful new space can be used for all sorts of events. When the Bromeliads are gone, the large overhead displays can be lowered to fill the space or stay high to accommodate a large crowd. What a beautiful venue for a wedding!|
Wednesday - Sunday 9 am - 5 pm (Closed Christmas)
Admission charges vary