Venice Biennial 2011 AR Intervention (2011)

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The 54th edition of the Venice Biennial will be extended with a new Giardini pavilion, constructed in AR and dedicated to showing a selection of Augmented Reality (AR) artworks from renowned artists working in this contemporary medium and new spatial realm.

Visitors will be able to visit and view AR Art Pavilion in the Giardini, beginning on the official preview days June 1st, 2nd and 3rd 2011 and continuing for the duration of the Biennial. The announcement website will provide updated information on how to access and where to find the AR Art Pavilion - and any artworks that may leak outside.

Full Description

The international cyberartist group Manifest.AR has decided to be contributing to the 54th edition of the Venice Biennial in the form of a new pavilion dedicated to Augmented Reality (AR) art. The additional Giardini pavilion will be constructed using AR architecture and it will show a selection of artworks from renowned artists working in this contemporary medium and new spatial realm.

The Venice Biennial AR infiltration is a project by Manifest.AR members Tamiko Thiel, Sander Veenhof and Mark Skwarek.

Work metadata

  • Year Created: 2011
  • Submitted to ArtBase: Thursday Jan 27th, 2011
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  • Work Credits:
    • Tamiko Thiel, primary creator
    • Sander Veenhof, primary creator
    • Mark Skwarek, primary creator
  • Collective: Manifest.AR
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Artist Statement

As "one of the world's most important forums for the dissemination and 'illumination' about the current developments in international art" the 54th Biennial of Venice could not justify its reputation without an uninvited Augmented Reality infiltration. In order to "challenge the conventions through which contemporary art is viewed" we will construct the virtual AR pavilion directly amongst the 30-odd buildings of the lucky few within the Giardini. In accordance with the "ILLUMInations" theme and Bice Curiger's 5 questions our uninvited participation will not be bound by nation-state borders, by physical boundaries or by conventional art world structures. The AR pavilion at the 54th Biennial reflects on a rapidly expanding and developing new realm of Augmented Reality Art that radically crosses dimensional, physical and hierarchical boundaries. We demonstrated the fundamental impact of this new art form in 2010 when founding members Sander Veenhof and Mark Skwarek staged the exhibition "We AR in MoMA", creating an Augmented Reality space within the walls of the iconic MoMA New York - without permission of the institution. Our new virtual Biennial pavilion inside the Giardini will "draw attention to the importance of such developments in a globalised world."

The GPS-based placement of a virtual AR pavilion into the Giardini is itself a manifestation of the power of Augmented Reality. The pavilion is primarily however a platform to showcase a selection of AR artworks that incorporate archetypical AR constructs to either achieve new sculptural forms or reflect on the radically changed equilibrium between venue, artwork, artist, audience and curator. And be warned: virtual walls are insubstantial walls - the artworks may leak into surrounding pavilions or into Venice itself.

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