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artlyst に、掲載。(Jun 12, 2015)

Pace Art & Technology Programme To Be Launched In 2016

Pace Art & Technology Programme To Be Launched In 2016
Pace Art & Technology, founded by Pace President Marc Glimcher, is the gallery’s new programme dedicated to collaboration with interdisciplinary art groups, collectives and studios whose works explore the confluence of art and technology. The program is an expansion of Pace’s longstanding commitment to artistic approaches that emphasise digital and technological methods.(Excerpt from the text)

the creators project に、掲載。(Jun 11, 2015)

An LED Waterfall Roars to Life in Taipei


Dynamic, hued landscapes controlled by different factors, like viewers’ movements, or the temperature outside, emerge in “ultra-technologists group” teamLab’s magnificent interactive art installation at the CTBC Financial Park in Taipei. In a video released on their YouTube channel yesterday, the towering LED sculpture in the shape of ChinaTrust’s “Double-C Logo” cycles through a collection of visuals, including long strings of neon blue water with the consistency of angel hair trickling down a giant screen wall. The waterfall cascades down through a tall cherry blossom bonsai tree and onto a stage of glass panels, warping around the viewer’s stance. “Everything is connected in a cycle, but no events are ever repeated in exactly the same way,” teamLab explains in Circulum Formosa’s video description, channeling the complexity of the natural forces the piece imitates.

The installation’s visuals are accompanied by sounds of running water and the ambient sounds of the outdoors. TeamLab has transformed the bank’s lobby into a surreal environment through a responsive interactive clash of audio and visual stimulation. On their website, the group explains their goals for the future: “We create works through ‘experimentation and innovation’ making the borders between Art, Science, and Technology, more ambiguous.” In this way, Circulum Formosa is the team’s latest expression of this ideal.

https://youtu.be/ZpyxWMgCCug

designboom に、掲載。(Apr 30, 2015)

first look inside the japan pavilion at expo milan 2015

ahead of the opening of expo milano 2015, designboom visited the vast site to go behind the scenes of the japanese pavilion. responding to the overall theme of ‘feeding the planet, energy for life’, japan joins expo milano 2015 with the aim of proposing its food culture as an example of a healthy, sustainable and balanced diet. in addition, the country also sees the event as an opportunity to promote its image following the devastating 2011 earthquake, encouraging tourism and business opportunities. designed by architect atsushi kitagawara, the pavilion contains installations by high profile japanese creatives nendo and teamlab.

the pavilion fuses traditional culture with advanced technology, employing a compressive strain method in which joints consist only of carved wood, without metal couplers. the use of timber as a renewable resource also connects the scheme to issues of forest maintenance and protection. the three-dimensional wooden grid symbolizes the origin of japan’s seasonal variation – envisioned as a ‘bowl of diversity’.

under the theme of ‘harmonious diversity’, creative studio teamlab showcases two art exhibits within the pavilion. the interactive installations are spread across two rooms, comprising an immersive projection space that requires the visitor to wade through a technological expanse, to a digital waterfall of information, relaying descriptive knowledge about japanese food.

as part of the pavilion, japanese studio nendo has designed a sloping dining table accompanied with a set of matching chairs. the 24 seats align themselves with the height of the table, which ascends gradually so that items placed on its surface do not move. the individual pieces of cutlery and tableware have also been designed by nendo.

The Japan Times に、掲載。(Apr 23, 2015)

From dusk till dawn at Roppongi Art Night

For all the criticism that can be levelled at the conventional “white cube” gallery space — its quasi-religious, sanitized hush and incongruity with large-scale interactive installations and other emergent forms of media art — as a visitor, it’s at least unlikely that you’ll wander into the path of a stray cyclist as you muse over canvases and ponder brush strokes.(Excerpt from the text)

designboom に、掲載。(Apr 21, 2015)

teamlab's immersive installations infill the japan pavilion for expo milan 2015

teamlab’s immersive installations infill the japan pavilion for expo milan 2015teamlab’s immersive installations infill the japan pavilion for expo milan 2015 
all images courtesy of teamlab

under the theme of ‘harmonious diversity’, teamlab showcases two art exhibits within the expo 2015 milan japan pavilion. the interactive installations are spread across two rooms, comprising ab immersive projection space that requires the visitor to wade through a technological expanse, to a digital waterfall of information, relaying descriptive knowledge about japanese food.

rice fields are the backbone of japan’s food culture. in order to demonstrate the importance of paddy fields for the japanese people, both traditionally and culturally, teamlab describe the necessary relationship between humans and nature. the exhibition space is infilled with an interactive art installation comprising a sea of screens resembling ears of rice. these screens have been installed at varying heights throughout the room — spanning from visitors’ knees to waist — creating an interactive projection space that seems to spread out infinitely.

the projected images that make up ‘harmony‘ change with visitors’ movements as they meander through the vast expanse, making them both appear and feel as if they are wading their way through rice fields. as they wander around, people can experience the passing of nature that is characteristic of japan across the period of a whole year.
teamlab expo exhibitsjapan pavilion
the exhibition space is infilled with a sea of screens resembling ears of rice
teamlab expo exhibitsjapan pavilion
visitors appear and feel as if they are wading their way through rice fields

japan, as a country surrounded by mountains and sea, undergoes many changes with the passing of seasons. rivers can drastically change in volume from the melting snow in the spring to the typhoon season. ‘diversity’ uses the image of a waterfall to represent water, a symbol at the heart of japan’s food culture.

the artwork seeks to convey large volumes of information related to the great variety of japanese food. in order to achieve this, the ethnologically-enhanced installation comprises a gigantic waterfall that can be viewed from a 360 degree circumference. the interactive display visualizes individual images of food: visitors can touch the images that flow down the length of the waterfall and transfer the digital pictures onto their smartphones. the photos are accompanied by detailed information about the origin and importance of the food, which they can then take home with them. teamlab expo exhibitsjapan pavilion
‘diversity’ uses the image of a waterfall to represent nature and the origins of life
teamlab expo exhibitsjapan pavilion
the artwork seeks to convey large volumes of information related to the great variety of japanese food
teamlab expo exhibitsjapan pavilion
visitors can touch the images and transfer the image to their smartphone

AsiaX に、掲載。(Apr 8, 2015)

オンデーズ、IONオーチャード店に「チームラボカメラ」導入


メガネ店を展開する株式会社オンデーズが、新店舗「OWNDAYS ION Orchard SHOP」に4月3日より、ウルトラテクノロジスト集団チームラボが開発した「teamLabCamera(チームラボカメラ)」を導入している。

「チームラボカメラ」とは、自動的に撮影を行うフェイスブック連動型のデジタルサイネージ(電子看板)。サイネージの前で制限時間内にポーズを決め撮影ボタンを押す。すると自動的に撮影が始まり、様々な加工を施された画像がフェイスブック(https://www.facebook.com/odcamera)にアップロードされる。ダウンロードやシェアも自由。今回は、7種類のビジュアルの「teamLabCamera – OWNDAYS」が用意されている。 
設置場所のオンデーズIONオーチャード店はIONオーチャード#B2-69。 詳細はhttp://www.team-lab.net/latest/case/owndaysionorchardshop.html チームラボによるほかの作品はhttp://www.team-lab.net/から見ることができる。

Mother Nature Network に、掲載。(Apr 6, 2015)

Take a walk through a floating flower garden

In “Floating Flower Garden,” 2,300 living flowers are suspended from the ceiling and they rise and fall around visitors as they move throughout the garden.

In addition to the beautiful visual experience, the artists say the flowers scents’ change throughout the day.

“Each flower has a partner insect and the scent of the flowers becomes stronger at the time that the insect is most active, as a result the scent of the air in the garden space changes according to the time of day, morning, noon, and evening,” according to the project’s website.

The Japanese artists behind “Floating Flower Garden” were inspired by gardens where Zen Buddhist priests would gather for training, and they hope the moving flowers will give people the opportunity to view nature in a more personal way.

“A person will become integrated with a flower when they look at a flower and the flower looks at them. Possibly at this time the person will truly see the flower for the first time.”

The garden is currently on display at Tokyo’s National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation.