teamLab : Transcending Boundaries at the Pace Gallery

In February I visited the teamLab: Transcending Boundaries exhibition at the Pace Gallery. teamLab is a Japanese art collective comprised of artists, designers, engineers, and mathematicians who create interactive digital art that pushes the boundaries between art and science (so their exhibition is very appropriately named). I've been a fan of their work for a couple of years and am always in awe of their new installations. One of my favourite series of installations by them is the Future World: Where Art Meets Science exhibition at the ArtScience museum in Singapore. I would love to visit it one day before it closes.

When I found out that teamLab were going to have an exhibition in London, I was so excited. I was even happier when I saw that tickets were free. Of course they got reserved very quickly so I was very lucky to find out about it in time. 

Entry to the exhibition was very well organised as there was a very limited amount of people for each time slot. This meant that it was easy to walk around and see everything without it being too crowded. The main feature of the first room in the exhibition was  a projection of a waterfall and flowers that moved around visitors as they walked through it. It was fascinating to see how it adapted and shifted to newcomers of the environment.

This piece on another wall was also very interactive as when you hit the butterflies with your hand, they disappeared. I like how the butterflies flew beyond the confines of the edges of the screens, as if they were entering another realm.

This piece was very Hokusai-esque, and I can imagine how much effort went into the programming of the particles to create such beautiful and complex movement.

There was a second room where you were given a white scarf on entry to emphasise the effect of flowers being projected onto you. I'm glad they had them as I was wearing all black (as usual) so I wouldn't have been able to see the full effect of it on myself otherwise.

As someone who has an appreciation for both art and science, I love how teamLab combine the two so beautifully. I really enjoyed this exhibition and my only complaint is that it felt like my time slot ended too quickly (I could have stayed in there for hours). I'm very inspired by their work and would love to be able to experiment with creating installations combining art, animation, and programming like they do. I hope that their work will return to London soon (and on a bigger scale, perhaps at somewhere like the Saatchi gallery, Tate Modern, or the V&A).

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