With the opening of the incredibly popular Mori Building Digital Art Museum teamLab Borderless in Tokyo last month, the world’s first digital art museum and teamLab’s very own museum dedicated to all of their digital installations, I thought it would be fitting to share some of teamLab’s works that I have been seeing in Singapore!
This post features their works that I saw at National Gallery Singapore this year and the last, but there are also more of their digital art on display around town, which I’ll be sharing in another post.
teamLab, Flowers and People – Dark, 2015
First up is Flowers and People – Dark, a pretty and colourful assortment of flowers that spans across a few screen panels. The people / interactive component is in the way the flowers bloom and wilt depending on how close you are standing to the screens, so it’s a constant blooming and wilting of flowers as you move across the screens.
While I was trying to determine how to “control” the flower life cycle, I also liked just watching the flowers fluidly moving around.
teamLab, Walk, Walk, Walk: Search, Deviate, Reunite, 2018
Walk, Walk, Walk: Search, Deviate, Reunite is a large-scale digital installation contained in a dark room that begins with a cast of characters – a mix of what I will describe as village people and half-animal half-human creatures like a frogman – walking through flowers to a tune that to me, sounds like it’s inspired by traditional music. I also found it fun that when you tap on their faces hard enough, they would turn their faces towards you!
The group of characters eventually disappear into a bamboo forest, and the music also stops. Walking through the images of the bamboo forest myself, it felt a little scary (scaredy-cat me!) and really atmospheric at the same time. Walk, Walk, Walk: Search, Deviate, Reunite as a whole felt mysterious, a little strange, yet peaceful in another way.
Flowers and People – Dark and Walk, Walk, Walk: Search, Deviate, Reunite are currently part of the Gallery’s Children’s Festival: Small Big Dreamers and will be on show till 9th September 2018.
teamLab, Homogenizing and Transforming World, 2013 (and hello, that’s me capturing the moment!)
Throwback to last year when Homogenizing and Transforming World was exhibited at National Gallery Singapore! Ah, this was so fun as all of the balls start to change colour whenever anyone tapped them (there are sensors located at the top of each ball which when sensing one’s touch, would cause the change of colour). And with so many people in the room, the balls were lighting up in a myriad of colours!