„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 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).

Kasa Gallery is proud to host, from July 22 to November 13, 2011 the Manifest.AR group that, in the tradition of artistic interventions at the Venice Biennial, presents augment reality artworks that float on space and invade the airwaves without seeking permissions or excuses for their ‘artistic behavior.’

The art exhibit „Not There“ presents artworks 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.

Manifest.AR – exhibited artists: Tamiko Thiel, Sander Veenhof, Mark Skwarek, Will Pappenheimer, John Craig Freeman, Lily & Honglei, John Cleater, and Naoko Tosa.

„Not There“ is a collaboration with: Richard Rinehart, Samek Art Gallery, Bucknell University, Lewisburg PA/USA, ISEA2011 Istanbul and the Leonardo Electronic Almanac (Leonardo/ISAST).

Supported and curated by:
Kasa Gallery Director and Senior Curator: Lanfranco Aceti
Vice Director and In House Curator: Ozden Sahin

The interview of Tamiko Thiel, one of Manifest.AR artists, by Lanfranco Aceti is available on Vimeo.

More Information:

How to view Manifest.AR artworks in Kasa Gallery:

a) Use a a smartphone (iPhone4).
b) Come to the Kasa Gallery – in the Kasa Gallery you can view the Venice artworks even though they are Not There.
c) Go to the Venice Intervention mobile launch page: manifestar.info/vb11
d) Select an artwork, then launch.
e) If the free Layar application is not installed, select “Download app” first.

Manifest.AR artists’ blog pages with descriptions, images and videos of the AR artworks:

Manifest.AR Manifesto for the Venice Biennial 2011 AR Intervention:

Samek Art Gallery “Not Here”:

Manifest.AR, Venice Biennial 2011 Intervention – Video Interview with Tamiko Thiel: