Manifest.AR Venice Biennial 2011 AR Intervention

Manifest.AR @ Venice Biennial 2011

In 2010 Manifest.AR brought you “We AR in MoMA“, the pathbreaking uninvited AR intervention at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Now, the international cyberartist group Manifest.AR wishes to inform the general public, the President and the Curator of the 54th edition of the Venice Biennial that we are extending the Giardini with extra pavilions constructed in the new medium of Augmented Reality (AR) – and that some of these works have also leaked out into the public space of Piazza San Marco.

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 pavilions directly amongst the national pavilions in 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 pavilions at the 54th Biennial reflect on a rapidly expanding and developing new realm of Augmented Reality Art that radically crosses dimensional, physical and hierarchical boundaries. Our new virtual Biennial pavilions inside the Giardini will “draw attention to the importance of such developments in a globalised world.”

(for more images and videos, see individual artist’s pages below)

VIEWING: flyer with viewing instructions on site in Venice

MANIFESTO: Manifest.AR Venice Biennial 2011 AR Intervention

PHOTOS: from the Venice Biennial 2011 Opening Week


Artists and artworks: (descriptions, images, video)


Exhibition: June 1 – November 27, 2011

Locations of Manifest.AR artworks:

Giardini, by the Belgium Pavilion

Piazza San Marco


To view the artworks: (download flyer with viewing instructions)

The AR artworks can only be seen on site in Venice in the display of a smartphone using the free Layar reality browser:

  • on a smartphone (Android, or iPhone 3GS or higher)
  • either scan this QR code ->>>
  • or go to the website
  • then select an artwork to launch
  • if the Layar reality browser is not installed, click “Download app.”


Contact: (note: the organizers may not be in Venice)

  • Email:
  • Mobiles:
    Tamiko Thiel 00-49-162-2952698 Sander Veenhof 00-31-641-467650 Mark Skwarek 00-1-646-3386275

Many thanks to our collegues and good friends, Simona Lodi/Share Festival and Les Liens Invisible of The Invisible Pavilion, for the wonderful cooperation at our common press conference for this pathbreaking art event!


7 Responses to “Manifest.AR Venice Biennial 2011 AR Intervention”

  1. Pau Waelder: art critic, curator and researcher Says:

    […] una capa virtual en la que se muestran las obras de diversos artistas. Por una parte, el grupo Manifest.AR proporciona, por medio del programa Layar, la posibilidad de visualizar a través de un smartphone […]

  2. Pau Waelder: art critic, curator and researcher Says:

    […] una parte, el grupo Manifest.AR ha realizado una intervención en la Bienal que consiste en la creación de una serie de […]

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  5. Francine Clément (Thot Cursus) « La réalité augmentée entre au musée » Says:

    […] leurs oeuvres dans des musées, parfois sans permission, comme ça a été le cas récemment à la Biennale de Venise en 2011. Ces expositions numériques non autorisées, superposées ou juxtaposées à des événements […]

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    […] ARtist group returns with a series of eight “uninvited” art layers (see the full list here) consisting of their own pavilions that are actually competing with the “physical […]

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