Here we are with the second part of this teamLab series on the blog, dedicated to their shows around Singapore! The previous post was about teamLab’s exhibitions at National Gallery Singapore, while this post features teamLab at other locations around Singapore: ArtScience Museum, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands and National Museum of Singapore.
I didn’t realise how popular teamLab’s works were until I returned to Singapore and noticed how much teamLab I was encountering in exhibitions or by accident on the street (see: MBS below!) Beyond the whole ‘Instagrammable’ factor, I think there’s something about their immersive ‘room art’ as I call it – should this be a new category of art? ;) – that appeals to our generation today. Another example of popular ‘room art’ would be Yayoi Kusama’s, am I right?
| Cover Picture: A Story of the Time When Gods were Everywhere |
To start off, there is the long-running exhibition ‘Future World’ at ArtScience Museum. The exhibition has been going on for few years now, I think, but I only decided to check it out last September.
If you’re thinking about checking it out now, ‘Future World’ is now undergoing a ‘rehang’ (perhaps rescreen would be more appropriate for teamLab?) of its exhibits and it’s closed from 13th – 17th August with part of the exhibition re-opening from August 18th. The revamped/rescreened exhibition will fully open on 1st September 2018 and some of its previous exhibits will continue to be shown, pending updates.
‘Future World’ is split into three sections: Nature, Town and Park.
My absolute favourite exhibit was Crows are Chased and the Chasing Crows are destined to be Chased as well, Transcending Space, an audiovisual installation piece that opens the exhibition. I didn’t get any photos/videos of it, but it would have been near impossible since the paths of the flying crows know no boundaries, criss-crossing across all four walls of the room, ceiling and floor, till I felt both like I was flying and about to fall over.
This might be a cliché reference, but doesn’t Black Waves remind you of Hokusai’s The Great Wave off Kanagawa, put into motion?
This interactive sketching area is so fun! After completing your sketch, you can scan your sketches into the system and your image of buildings, vehicles, etc. would be added into the town. The buses, cars and planes even move! I also like the detail of ArtScience Museum and Marina Bay Sands drawn right in the middle.
Universe of Water Particles – so dramatic!
Light Ball Orchestra
There were so many kids playing at Light Ball Orchestra! The interactive sections of the exhibition make it very kid-friendly overall, and on the day I visited, there were so many children having fun!
Crystal Universe closes the exhibition, and I think by now, it’s beyond popular, to the point that a proposal (or a few?) was staged here.
I’m now debating if I should visit ‘Future World’ again come September. I remember the admission ticket for this exhibition was pretty steep, which was also another reason why I put off visiting this exhibition initially. For the month of August though, ArtScience Museum is offering tickets at a lower price than usual!
Digital Light Canvas
Digital Light Canvas
I found this work at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands so pretty, even before I found out it was by teamLab! Digital Light Canvas rotates between three designs: ‘Nature’s Rhythm’, ‘Strokes of Life’ and ‘Festive Celebration’. I think I captured it at ‘Nature’s Rhythm’.
Story of the Forest
Last up is the long-running exhibition-cum-massive-installation Story of the Forest at the National Museum of Singapore. This has also been going on for what I think is a few years now, and there are no signs of it stopping anytime soon!
Story of the Forest is taken from 69 drawings of the William Farquhar Collection of Natural History Drawings at the National Museum of Singapore and enhanced to form this animated ‘room artwork’. You first enter a room showing trees and moving flowers scattered across the walls and ceiling, before moving on to walk down a spiral structure surrounded by another animated piece of forest plants and animals.
And that’s all of teamLab in Singapore! Really, there are plenty of options to see when it comes to teamLab here – but I would love to see Forest of Resonating Lamps – One Stroke some day, somewhere in Singapore perhaps… Shout-out to any museum/art space here to bring it in please! :D