ELLE DECOR ITALIA に、掲載。(Feb 25, 2015)



Una stanza buia, con al centro un grande tavolo. Sul piano, stuzzichini e macaron serviti su porcellane diverse, da gustare seduti in compagnia. Se siete capitati nella Hall 7 della fiera di Villepinte dal 23 al 27 gennaio scorsi, forse sarete stati anche voi ospiti di teamLab e del loro pranzo molto speciale.
Per festeggiare il 20esimo anniversario di Maison & Objet, infatti, il collettivo ultra-tecnologico giapponese ha pensato a un esperimento digitale singolare, dal titolo World Unleashed and then Connecting. Per prenderne parte, e sperimentare in prima persona una versione nuova – e futuristica – di convivialità, erano richieste capacità di stupirsi, buone doti di fantasia e apertura alla condivisione.

Art Asia Pacific に、掲載。(Feb 11, 2015)


Ikkan Art Gallery is one of the few venues in Singapore to serve up a consistently fascinating brew of video and new-media art. Ikkan’s most recent exhibition, “Moving Light, Roving Sight,” features a canny mix of contemporary Japanese artists and collectives, whose works are juxtaposed with older pieces by Western media artists. The latter includes Jenny Holzer’s iconic TRUISMS (selections from 1977–79) (2013), a digitally animated collection of over 200 clichés and aphorisms taken from advertising and media. Holzer’s exploitation of language and its intent is as fascinating as it is mind-numbing, making it a worthy accompaniment to Teppei Kaneuji’s 2009 animated piece Tower (Movie). In the video, Kaneuji’s stolid, unmoving structure excretes repetitious, banal imagery and sound, including a bouncing ball, tedious taps and rustles, and oozing gels and fumes. Like Holzer’s discourse, Kaneuji’s babel is insidious—integral to his tower’s essence, yet continuously undermining it. 

In “Moving Light,” older works like Holzer’s are compelling foils to the more recent pieces on display. The venerable technique of stop-motion photography, for example, inspires contemporary film artist Takashi Ishida. He bypasses digital shortcuts to create elegant stop-motion choreography on 16mm film, then digitizes the imagery, which adds depth and modulation to his compositions. In Burning Chair (2013), Ishida has “painted” organic patterns with chalk and water on the walls of a narrow concrete room. His claustrophobic concrete palette swims with intricate strokes of chalk and rivulets of water that unfurl, recede and fade. At Ikkan, Ishida’s fluent compositions seem otherworldly in contrast to Video Sketches 1–4 (1999) by Oliver Herring. Herring also uses stop motion, but with a studied lack of finesse. His goofy mélang

Time Out Singapore に、掲載。(Jan 26, 2015)

'Moving Light, Roving Sight' by teamLab

‘Moving Light, Roving Sight’ by teamLab
A room draped in light and sound

Since it formed in 2000, Tokyo-based collective teamLab have aimed to make ‘the border between technology, art and design more ambiguous’. Local viewers may have seen their quirky digital works at Art Stage, the 2013 Singapore Biennale or Ikkan Art Gallery; the latter will host a group show that includes a new teamLab installation. Only this time, it’s going to be even more of an impressive visual feast.

The work, ‘Flowers and People, Cannot be Controlled but Live Together – Dark’, will see ‘the floor, the walls and the spaces in between completely transformed into art,’ says Toshiyuki Inoko, founder of teamLab. Musician Hideaki Takahashi has created an accompanying soundtrack to make the whole experience even more immersive and visceral.

Inspired by cherry blossoms in the mountains of the Kunisaki peninsula in Japan, the piece explores the relationship between mankind and nature. ‘The boundary between the work of nature and the work of humans is extremely vague,’ Inoko explains. But rather than creating a painting or sculpture to dissect this notion, teamLab chucked technology – a product of man – into the mix.

‘Digital technology allows us to express ourselves in ways that weren’t possible before,’ he continues, adding that technology also brings viewers closer to both natural and digital landscapes. ‘By creating an interactive relationship between the viewers and the artwork, viewers become an intrinsic part of the artwork,’ he concludes. ‘And by turning physical space into art through digital means, the space can form a strong relationship with the people within it. I believe that this potential allows for a stronger connection between people and the space around them.


Artist Talk by Toshiyuki Inoko, founder of teamLab,

As part of the Sunday Matinee programme jointly organized by Ikkan Art Gallery and Galerie Steph, Toshiyuki Inoko, founder of teamLab, will be giving an artist talk at the gallery on 25th January about their numerous interactive artworks and projects, including their latest “Flowers and People, Cannot be Controlled but Live Together – Dark” installation exhibited in Moving Light, Roving Sight.(Excerpt from the text)

ELLE DECOR India に、掲載。(Dec, 2015)


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Sankei News に、掲載。(Dec 24, 2014)

絶賛拡散中…「チームラボ 踊る!アート展と、学ぶ!未来の遊園地」 日本美術に未来のヒント?

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MY MODERN MET に、掲載。(Mar 3, 2014)

Flowers Burst Into Bloom as Visitors Walk Up to Wall

How would you like to walk up to a wall full of flowers and see them beautifully bloom? Well now you can if you’re in Japan. In this digital installation, flowers cover four inner walls of a former sewing factory in Usuno, Bungotakada. Chrysanthemums and roses bloom and explode into cascades of petals as visitors approach the walls of the darkened room, then they wither away as flowers from another season begin to blossom.

It’s called Flowers and People, Cannot be Controlled but Live Together and it’s made by teamLab, a group of tech specialists that include programmers, architects, CG animators and more. “We create works through ‘experimentation and innovation’ making the borders between Technology, Art, and Design more ambiguous,” they state.

Flowers native to the Kunisaki Peninsula, where the exhibition is located, are displayed in the installation. The species of flowers in the artwork changes ever hour to reflect the variety of flowers found there. The work is rendered in real time, by a computer program, and is not a loop. The interaction between the viewer and the installation causes the artwork to continually change.

Here’s the meaning behind the piece, by teamLab. “When teamLab visited the Kunisaki Peninsula in spring, we saw many flowers