Feature by Jyqa Patano
There is a certain fluidity to TeamLab’s work: a dedication to continuous evolution that is infinitely fascinating to both creator and audience. From audience to art to creator, there is a seamless symbiosis that is both constant and constantly changing.
In Borderless, their interpretation of freedom manifests as a vision of space without relying heavily on physicality. Promising a “world of art without boundaries, a museum without a map”, TeamLab delivers an exquisite, mesmerising maze of intermingling, multi-sensory installations of light and life.
TeamLab’s Ultratechnology Art
TeamLab is a global art collective comprised of “ultratechnologists” – artists who navigate the intersections of art, science, history, culture, technology and design to produce works that expand the meaning of ‘digital art’. They use unique software, their own programming skills, and their affinity for creation to produce visionary new installations that are both transient and permanent. These installations have been shown in their home country, Japan, and in Singapore, Australia, USA, UAE, Thailand, UK and China.
One of their most notable works is the Forest of Resonating Lamps, where lights embody the echo of soundless vision. When the visitor stands close to a lamp, it emanates a colour that spreads to two other lamps nearby, creating a ripple effect around the visitor. They also took part at the Triennial of Contemporary Art and Design at the National Gallery of Victoria with Moving Creates Vortices and Vortices Create Movement. The digitised production used projectors and sensors, guiding the ‘flow’ of light towards the direction that the visitor is moving in; when a person stands still, so too does the light.
They do not merely rely on technology for their art. Interactive installations urge visitors to take part in the creative process, and become, for a moment, a part of the installations that they admire.
Frameless, Seamless, Timeless
Borderless is a series of artworks housed at the MORI Building Digital Art Museum in Tokyo, Japan. There is no single discernible piece in the exhibit. Art spills onto the next just as visitors constantly engaging pieces, true to TeamLab’s ouevre.
There is an interplay between human bodies and nature, facilitated by art and technology, which TeamLab integrates seamlessly into the museum’s interior. Using projectors and sensors – as they have in their prior installations – the museum comes to life because of interface between art and spectator.
In Borderless World, infinity floats from Wander through the Crystal World, which uses light points to create pointillist paintings in three-dimensional space, to The Way of the Sea enters the Memory of Topography, where digital fish swims around the people in the space and reaches the end of the shoal, marking the end of the piece and the visitor’s immersion in light, sound and sense.
Once the visitor traverses through the digital art landscape, En Tea House is the calm, soothing finale to the three-dimensional, collaborative environment, without reducing the beauty and excitement that TeamLab delivers. When picking up a teacup, for example, a flower blooms and scatters, and this lasts as long as the drink does in the cup. When frozen green tea is placed or moved on the table, a tea tree grows, withers, and undergoes the same momentary sweetness of the treat.
Aomi Station, Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan // #teamLabBorderless
The lines are blurred between art and artist and spectator, transcending the confines of traditional and digital mediums by mirroring natural exteriors through artful lens, lights and projections. TeamLab integrates new technology to represent the cultural and historical value of human nature. Using years of expertise and a wide range of individual specialties, they have successfully found a new way of experiencing art.
The multi-sensory exhibit relies on the unique relationship between man and technology to remain vibrant, pulsing, and full of life – a statement true to core values of personal freedom, modern exploration and social connection. Casper & Casper are eager to interact with more of their innovative new creations in the years to come.