This solo show at START Art Fair will be the first time the Japanese digital artist collective has exhibited in the UK. Consisting of three digital, interactive pieces, Flutter of Butterflies beyond Borders brings our attention to the relationship between us and nature. In the largest piece of the exhibition, Flowers and People, Cannot be Controlled but Live Together – A Whole Year, Dark (2015), flowers will keep on springing up, growing, blossoming and withering away in the real-time rendered artworks – but the viewer holds the key to affecting the cycle. Nature is constantly evolving, as is our digital knowledge: the exhibition challenges the ways of perceiving both our surroundings and the digital developments taking place.
For a preview of what is to come, watch the Vimeo-clip below on the central piece of the exhibition:
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And about the collective:
teamLab is an artistic ‘hyper-group’ of some 500 artists, scientists and technologists who have taken Tokyo by storm and represent a new way of making and consuming art. It is hard to over-emphasise the popularity of teamLab in Japan. They represented their country for the Japanese pavilion at expo Milan 2015 and last week the chief representatives of the group had an audience with the Prime Minister. Working collaboratively and fusing art with technology, culture and nature, their projects have a reach and appeal far beyond the art world. For instance, they designed a ‘Floating Flower Garden’ for Tokyo’s National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation’ in which a computer-operated hanging garden enclosed viewers in over 2000 moving, floating plants: http://www.team-lab.net/all/art/ffgarden.html
Their ‘Future Park’ exhibition is an interactive digital installation for children in which kids are able to draw fish that then swim off into a giant aquatic projection: