teamLab, a group of Tokyo based ultratechnologists open Transcending Boundaries at Pace London tomorrow, 25 January 2017. The group which includes artists, designers, mathematicians, engineers and architects, create digital interactive artworks based on the Japanese sense of spatial recognition, investigating human behaviour.
The exhibition includes eight artworks across three rooms, dissolving distinctions between art and exhibition space. teamLab’s artworks surround the viewer, often changing shape when a user moves around the room or when a larger audience inhabits the space.
The largest room within the exhibition includes six works, such as Universe of Water Particles, a virtual waterfall which flows from the ceiling to the gallery floor. The flow of water influences other artworks including Flutter of Butterflies Beyond Borders, a piece where butterflies are created depending on where people stand. The flight patterns of the butterflies again influence the state of surrounding works, as well as the behaviour of viewers. Butterflies cluster in areas where flowers from a separate piece, Flowers and People, Transcending Boundaries – A Whole Year per Hour bloom, and if a viewer reaches out to touch a butterfly, it disappears.
A separate room of the exhibition also includes a work completely influenced by its audience. Flowers Bloom on People is an entirely dark room, but once entered flowers begin to bloom on individual’s clothing, as growing flowers begin to reach another person they spread closer connecting them.
With several pieces created in real time using computer software, visitors are guaranteed to have an entirely unique experience upon visiting the exhibition which runs until 11 March 2017.
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