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Teamlab : au-delà des limites

From 15 May to 9 September

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Access Porte de Pantin:
Metro: Line 5
Bus: Line 75,151
Tram: Line T3b
Car Park "Cité des Sciences" - PML please call 01 40 03 75 75

Date

From May 4th to September 2nd

The protean group teamLab presents an immersive and interactive installation spanning the frontiers of art, science, technology, and creativity. Their installations morph as visitors move about, generating eerie, dreamlike worlds. → Organized with the Japan Foundation

THE EXHIBITION

Originally from Japan and formed in 2001, the protean group teamLab has made digital its credo. Its first monographic exhibition in France will take place at La Villette, moving beyond the frontiers of art, science, technology, and creativity.

In this 360° immersive and interactive installation, visitors are surrounded on all sides by images straight out of the imaginations of the teamLab crew. Both electronic and organic in inspiration, the installations change as visitors amble from one spot to another. The exhibition itself becomes a living digital organism constantly churning out new images that make a sharp break with our daily lives, thus whisking us off to a dreamlike world.

The exhibition has been organized as part of the “Japonism 2018: Souls in Harmony” cultural events.

THE INSTALLATIONS

Graffiti Nature - Mountains and Valleys

Animals are eaten by other animals, but if they do not eat they will die and disappear. When the animals that you draw eat other animals, their numbers increase. Butterflies increase in places where there are flowers. All are part of one ecosystem. If you step on Crocodiles too much they will die. If you stand still flowers will blossom around you. If you walk around, the flowers will scatter.

At La Villette, inside Graffiti Nature, butterflies arise. They fly out of their own exhibited space, transform themselves, go into other artwork spaces, dissolving the boundaries to create a borderless artwork world.

Peace can be Realized Even without Order

This interactive digital installation consists of a seemingly endless number of life-sized holograms. The figures depicted in the holograms exist independently from one another. They play instruments and dance, and each individual is influenced by the sounds from the figures close to them. There is no lead figure that oversees or influences all the other dancers, and there is no center or order enforced on the crowd. External events can cause disorder, but in time, peace will gradually be restored.

When a person enters the installation and a figure senses the viewer, that figure responds to the person and stops playing music. The figure passes on this information to other figures close by. After a short period of time, the figure will start playing music and dance again, but this disturbance will have disrupted the harmony. If, however, the viewer stays still or leaves, the dancers will begin to form back into one harmonious group and the feeling of peace will return.

In Japan, there is a primitive dance festival called the Awa Dance Festival dating back so far that its origins are unknown. Groups of individual dancers play music and proceed around the town arbitrarily. Groups play their own music as they like and dance as they like. Interestingly, for some reason, the music forms into a peaceful order across the whole town. Dancers who randomly meet other groups of dancers gradually and subconsciously match the tempo of their music with that of the other group. This is not due to any set of rules; it just feels right and happens without conscious choice. It seems that when people are set free from their inhibitions, an extraordinary peaceful feeling prevails despite the lack of any order to the dances. Perhaps this is how people of ancient times maintained a feeling of peacefulness.

Today, in the Internet age, the speed at which people can connect with others has accelerated. As a result, people throughout the world have become increasingly connected, and these connections have become more important. What we experience in this new age is similar to the experience of the dance festival, and perhaps in these unordered connections there is a way to find peace. The figures that appear in the holograms are anonymous and unknown. This helps the viewer to feel as though they are a part of the installation, and that anyone can experience the feeling of peace without order.

Walk, Walk, Walk: Search, Deviate, Reunite

This space is made of a group of anonymous and diverse figures. The figures keep walking and as they do the artwork moves. When visitors touch the figures, they react, sometimes stop, sometimes change the direction and choose a different path. Visitors make decisions and choices as they keep walking. If visitors physically stop, the figures in front of them continue to move and interchange.

The Zen expression “Hoho kore dojo” says every step is the place to learn. The figures of the work continue walking endlessly while confronting new situations. Walking after the figures or confronting new figures one after another the visitors also make choices along their own path.

The work is rendered in real time by a computer program, it is neither a prerecorded animation nor imagery on loop.The work as a whole is in constant change; previous states will never be repeated and can never be seen again.

At La Villette, the figures move out of their exhibited space, enter other artwork spaces, and interact with the visitors, dissolving the boundaries to create a borderless artwork world.

Crows are Chased and the Chasing Crows are Destined to be Chased as well, Transcending Space

This is an interactive digital installation in which viewers can walk around freely in a space that completely surrounds them with projections on all sides. Crows are rendered in light as they fly around the space, leaving trails of light in their paths and creating spatial calligraphy. The crows chase one another and in turn become chased themselves. When the chased crows crash into one another, they scatter, turning into flowers. The crows attempt to fly around people in the space, but when they crash into a viewer, they scatter, turning into flowers in the same way.

When you stand near a certain designated space within the artwork the boundary between the wall and the floor disappears, the real space dissolves, eventually we become immersed in the artwork world and the lines drawn by the trails of the crows appears to be drawn in three dimensions in the space.

The installation is rendered in real time by a computer program, it is neither a prerecorded animation nor on loop. The installation as a whole is in constant change, previous states will never be repeated and can never be seen again.

At La Villette, crows fly out of their exhibited space, enter other artwork spaces, dissolving the boundaries to create a borderless artwork world.

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Right outside the SPACE #3, there will be a brand new work created based on The Way of Birds - Seated Contemplation. Instead of birds, it will be a flock of fish.

At La Villette, these fish will swim out of their exhibited space and enter the adjacent exhibition space of crows.

Universe of Water Particles, Transcending Boundaries

A virtual waterfall that extends beyond the museum wall onto the floor, flowing through the exhibition space and around the feet of the viewer. It engages with the concept of Ultra Subjective Space, central to teamLab’s practice, referencing the non-perspectival depiction of space in premodern Japanese art and situating the viewer directly within the realm of the artwork.

Water is represented by calculating the interactions between a continuous flow of hundreds of thousands of water particles. Then, lines are drawn in relation to the behavior of the water particles. The accumulation of these lines expresses the waterfall.

When a person stands on the waterfall they obstruct the flow of water like a rock, and the flow of water changes. The flow of water continues to transform due to the interaction of people. Previous visual states can never be replicated, and will never reoccur.

The flow of the waterfall influences other artworks.

Flowers and People, Transcending Boundaries - A Whole Year per Hour

This artwork is in continuous change, over a period of one hour a seasonal year of flowers blossoms and scatters.

Flowers are born, grow, bloom, and eventually scatter and die.The cycle of birth and death repeats itself in perpetuity. If people stay still more flowers are born, if people touch the flowers and walk around the flowers scatter all at once.

This artwork is in continuous change, neither a prerecorded animation nor on loop. The work is rendered in real time by a computer program. The interaction between the viewer and the installation causes continuous change in the artwork; previous visual states can never be replicated, and will never reoccur.

The artwork influences other works and flowers scatter due to the influence of other works.

Artwork title TBA

This is a brand new work to be created based on What a Loving, and Beautiful World.

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This is a brand new work where we will transform this 2D work Impermanent Life into 3D. La Villette will be the only venue that will exhibit this work.

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