"Not There"

DATES: 22.07.2011 - 31.12.2011 TIMES: 10:00 - 17:00
Manifest.AR Venice Biennial 2011 Intervention - Giardini, 2011, Manifest.AR, augmented reality.
Manifest.AR Venice Biennial 2011 Intervention, 2011, Manifest.AR, augmented reality.
Tamiko Thiel
Kasa Gallery

 „Not There“ is an exhibition of artworks from the Manifest.AR Venice Biennial 2011 AR Intervention still up and running at the Venice Biennial. The Kasa Gallery show, curated by Lanfranco Aceti and Ozden Sahin, presents the augmented reality Manifest.AR  interventions in the Giardini and in Piazza San Marco for the 54th Venice Biennial. The exhibition at Kasa Gallery is a partnership with the art show „Not Here“ taking place at the Samek Art Gallery, Bucknell University, Lewisburg PA/USA and the Leonardo Electronic Almanac (Leonardo/ISAST).

The art exhibit „Not There“ presents works that are not physically in the gallery but are visible through mobile phones and do not physically exist in real spaces, but appear virtually in a variety of locations: the Giardini of the Venice Biennial, Piazza San Marco, the Samek Art Gallery and Kasa Gallery in Istanbul.

Manifest.AR inherits the visionary approach of artistic interventions at the Venice Biennial that finds one of its strongest historical examples in Yayoi Kusama and her intervention/installation Narcissus Garden, 1966. Yayoi Kusama, even though she had not been invited to the 33rd Venice Biennial, installed a carpet of reflective balls on the grass outside the Italian Pavilion and began selling each individual sphere for the today’s equivalent of 50 euro cents, until the Biennale organizers stopped her.

Similarly the Manifest.AR group of artists will sell DVDs of their artworks: images extracted from “Not Here” and “Not There” AR installations will be on sale for 50 cents of Turkish Lira.

Lanfranco Aceti, ISEA2011 Istanbul Artistic Director and Özden Şahin, Program Director.

„Not There“ is one of the many events of the Uncontainable exhibiton of ISEA2011 Istanbul and is part of the Official Parallel Program of the 12th Istanbul Biennial.


tamiko thiel interview from Lanfranco Aceti on Vimeo.

Bios of the Artists

Manifest.AR AR Art Manifesto


Manifest.AR is an international artists group working with emergent forms of mobile augmented reality as interventionist public art, using this new art medium to transform public space and challenge institutional structures. Geolocating 3D computer graphic artworks at selected sites, they respond to and overlay the physical locations with new meanings, pushing the boundaries between the real and the virtual. Collectively and individually, Manifest.AR members exhibit and intervene around the world.

The Manifest.AR Venice Biennale 2011 AR Intervention includes artworks by the following members:
Tamiko Thiel (www.mission-base.com/tamiko/)

John Craig Freeman (http://johncraigfreeman.wordpress.com/)

Will Pappenheimer (http://www.willpap-projects.com/)
Lily & Honglei (http://lilyhonglei.wordpress.com/)

Naoko Tosa (http://www.tosa.media.kyoto-u.ac.jp)

Mark Skwarek (http://markskwarek.com/)

Sander Veenhof (SNDRV.NL)
John Cleater (http://www.cleater.com/)