Recently I have been to Pace Gallery London where TeamLab: Transcending Boundaries was on show. The exhibition uses three rooms to show different audiovisual effects and interact with viewers. It presents the boundaries between artworks, nature, digital technology and exhibition space, and shows us how to use technology to express transcending the physical and conceptual boundaries (Pacegellary.com, 2017).
The first space exhibited Universe of Water Particles, Flowers and People, Transcending Boundaries-A Whole Year Per Hour and Flutter of Butterflies Beyond Borders. A continuous flow of a large number of water particles drawn on the walls and the floor form a string of lines, which accumulate into the waterfall. The water calculated based on the law of the physics and the lines depend on the interaction of water particles. The surrounding is continuous changing flowers, showing us a period of flowers’ blossom and scatter. If people touch the flowers, they will scatter in a short time. The interaction between the installation and people make a non-repeat visual effect. Butterflies flies along the wall, the patterns of their wings will transform constantly and the butterflies would gather into the place where flowers blossom. If people touch them, they will lose lives.The second room has a screen showing a Japanese style water wave called Dark Wave. The principle is the same with the waterfall, but it was screened in a 2-dimensional space and achieves a 3-dimensional visual effect, which is different with video.The last part is Flowers BOOM on People. When people enter the dark room wearing a white cloth or blanket, the flowers will blossom along the white, until the flowers spread on their feet. If one comes close to the other one, the flowers will spread to him and connect with his flowers. The flowers will fade eventually, when people move, they begin to fade, but there are more flowers born.The exhibition is deeply impressed to me, and every moving image is computer-generated and unique controlled by the interaction between installation and viewers. It brings us a visual and auditory shock, and thinking from the non-boundary between nature and human as a part of nature. It is a typical example of audiovisual assemblages and ecologies in gallery.
Pacegallery.com. (2017). About teamLab: Transcending Boundaries. [Online] Available at http://www.pacegallery.com/exhibitions/12840/transcending-boundaries [Accessed 17 March. 2017].
Luning, W. (2017). Transcending Boundaries (of An Art Dealer) [Blog] picassoandthesinglegirl.com Available at http://picassoandthesinglegirl.com/transcending-boundaries/ [Accessed 17 March. 2017].
Teamlab. (2017). Universe of Water Particles. [Online] Available at http://exhibition.team-lab.net/siliconvalley/art/art11.html [Accessed 17 March. 2017].
Written by Yijun Zhang