teamLab’s ‘Transcending Boundaries’ Exhibition in London

At the London’s Pace Gallery, the Tokyo-based art collective teamLab presents its new exhibition Transcending Boundaries featuring three rooms of immersive installations, two of which have never been seen before. The exhibition will be on view until 11 March 2017.

Transcending Boundaries explores the role of digital technology in transcending the physical and conceptual boundaries that exist between different artworks, with imagery from one work breaking free of the frame and entering the space of another. The installations also dissolve distinctions between artwork and exhibition space, and involve the viewer through interactivity.

The largest room in the exhibition includes six works and feature Universe of Water Particles, Transcending Boundaries, a virtual waterfall that extends beyond the gallery wall onto the floor, flowing through the exhibition space and around the feet of the viewer. It engages with the concept of Ultra Subjective Space, central to teamLab’s practice, referencing the non-perspectival depiction of space in premodern Japanese art and situating the viewer directly within the realm of the artwork.

Encompassing the second room, Dark Waves is a simulation of the movement of waves based on the behaviour of hundreds of thousands of water particles. And in the last room, the darkened space is transformed by the presence of the viewer, which activates Flowers Bloom on People. With the body as a canvas for the projections, flowers are in a process of continuous change-growing, decaying and scattering in direct response to the viewer’s movements.

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