TeamLab’s turbo-charged art playground opens new Asian Art Museum pavilion
The Asian Art Museum in San Francisco is just the second art institution in the United States to host TeamLab, the ultra-popular Japanese art collective / interactive design company that has drawn crowds from around the world. The start of TeamLab’s large series of installations, dubbed ‘TeamLab: Continuity’, is designed to mark a big moment for the Bay Area Museum, the first show in its new 103 million Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang pavilion. dollars.
For those who have followed the development of TeamLab, the style is familiar: dark, immersive rooms combined with sumptuous projections all around; lush cinematic music; dense, swirling images from nature projected all around; and lots of interactive, sometimes literal bells and whistles.
The installations have poetic names like Forest of flowers and humans: lost, submerged and be reborn and Born from darkness a loving and beautiful world, and respond to visitors as they pass through the space. Ocean sketch, a “Continuity” section for kids, lets you color their own sea creature, then scan it to appear in the show’s lively underwater world.
“In short, it’s a one-of-a-kind art experience,” Jay Xu, director of the Asian Art Museum, told KPIX. “It’s the most avant-garde, but it’s also deeply rooted in artistic tradition.
TeamLab organized a standalone exhibition in Silicon Valley, sponsored by Pace Gallery in 2016, “Living Digital Space and Future Park”, which featured very similar immersive light environments. This exhibition (ticketed, unlike most gallery exhibitions) blew up attendance projections, attracting tens of thousands of visitors. Pace went on to found his SuperBlue project, promoting immersive installations, which he launched in Miami with a show featuring TeamLab earlier this year.
See more images from “TeamLab: Continuity” at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, below.
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