Experience the immersive exhibition spanning 20,000 ft²
including 20 innovative digital art installations

teamLab, the Japanese art collective recognized for challenging and expanding the digital art making practice, and Pace Art + Technology will present Living Digital Space and Future Parks. The large-scale installation will invite participants of all ages to immerse themselves in the multi-room environments spanning 20,000 square feet and showcasing twenty digital works. Viewers will be encouraged to partake in this digital playground for all ages and experience the pioneering concepts and visually morphing beauty of the dynamic works. Inherently interactive, the exhibition is a powerful testament to the advancement of and growing interest in digital art, as well as its unique ability to nurture creativity and curiosity through technology.

WorksLiving Digital Space

teamLab’s immersive installations explore alternative forms of perception using their concept of Ultra Subjective Space, a sense of spatial awareness developed from representations in the visual art of pre-modern Japan. This unique multidimensional perspective found in traditional Japanese painting incorporates time into spatial representation and acknowledges the movements of the viewer. Fusing art and technology, the natural imagery in these installations undergo transformations based on the actions of the viewer, creating a connection between physical and virtual life that encourages new ways of examining the surrounding natural world. This element of responsiveness to movement and touch is implicit of an individual’s autonomy as well as the balance that is sustained between man and nature. teamLab celebrates the agency of movement as both an individual and communal action through aesthetic reactions.

WorksFuture Parks

teamLab’s interactive digital playground, titled “teamLab Islands: Learn and Play! Future Parks,” focuses on promoting collaborative experiences for children through creativity and play. The interactive activities that make up this digital playground use technology to cultivate individual creative freedom within cooperative environments, an experience that teamLab refers to as “co-creation.” The exhibition in Menlo Park will feature seven different attractions that promote this shared sense of creativity through immersive digital environments. With participation as the foundational element of each work, children are encouraged to engage with the works and with each other, creating visual results as part of a larger team. Highlighting technology’s capacity to influence the relationships between people and to foster learning, teamLab Islands: Learn and Play! Future Parks emphasizes pattern recognition, causal relationships, tactile learning, spatial perception, and the importance of co-creation.

teamLab: Past, Present, and Future
Dr. Yukio Lippit

Dr. Yukio Lippit is Professor of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University, where he has taught since 2003, and Director of the Arts at the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study. He was the curator of Colorful Realm: Japanese Bird-and-Flower Paintings by Itō Jakuchū (1716-1800) at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. in 2012, and his recent publications include Painting of the Realm: The Kano House of Painters in Seventeenth-Century Japan (University of Washington Press, 2012) and Kenzo Tange: Architecture for the World (2012, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University).

Introduction

The rapid rise of teamLab (Fig. 1) to global attention in recent years is hardly a mystery. The collective’s computer-generated artworks and installations have been surprising and captivating audiences everywhere since first capturing the notice of the international art world with their Taiwan exhibition We are the Future in 2011. Three characteristics are common to almost every one of their projects. The first is a high premium placed on interactivity; through the skillful use of sensors activated by motion, touch, or shadow, teamLab allows its viewers to become more than mere onlookers, allowing them to shape how a work develops in concert with other viewers. As a result teamLab’s works unfold unpredictably, with no two experiences of a piece ever quite repeated. The second is the synesthetic effect of many of their installations, engendered by a rich array of acoustical and occasionally even olfactory effects. A third trait consistent to all of teamLab’s works is a strong emphasis placed on the aesthetic appeal of their “ultra-technological” worlds. This appeal is developed through the abundant use of natural motifs, vivid colors, references to traditional Japanese cultural practice, and collaborations with leading Japanese artists such as the calligrapher Shishū and composer Takahashi Hideaki.

teamLab’s remarkable artistic production is the result of its collaborative structure. Its 400-plus members include visual artists, computer scientists, mathematicians, CG animators, web designers, roboticists, educators, architects, and engineers of all kinds. At an average age of twenty-nine, the members of teamLab reflect a generation of millenials who came of age amidst the technological evolution and media subcultures of Japan’s 1990s and 2000s. This sensibility drives teamLab’s innovations at every turn.

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Information

teamLab: Living Digital Space and Future Parks

Exhibition Dates February 6 – July 1, 2016
Venue PACE Art + Technology
300 El Camino Real Menlo Park, CA 94025
Hours General Admission : 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Student groups :
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. 12 – 2 p.m. 2 – 4 p.m.
*Additional group hours available on request
Closed Mondays

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