‘Resonating Microcosms-Liquified Light Color, Sunrise and Sunset’ is an art space that transforms through changes in the natural environment and the presence of people
by INTAN BAHA / Pics by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL
WHERE most art exhibitions are meant to be admired from a safe distance, teamLab begs to differ.
The “teamLab: Resonating Microcosms” exhibition, set to take place from Aug 4 until Nov 30, 2022, welcomes the public to touch, witness and listen to the interaction between the ovoids and its surroundings.
The exhibition will display two interactive works from teamLab — “The Resonating Microcosms-Liquified Light Color, Sunrise and Sunset” and “Resonating Trees” — at Kuala Lumpur’s LaLaport Bukit Bintang City Centre (LaLaport BBCC).
According to Ghani (who wants only to be known by one name), teamLab’s Catalyst team leader for this project, the collective wants the people, especially children, to have first-hand experience when it comes to appreciating art.
“For me, I want the people, especially the children, to be able to touch and interact with art, rather than looking at it from a distance.
“The Central Rooftop Garden of LaLaport offers just that, where the children can enjoy themselves running freely and interacting with the ovoids — seeing the colours change and listening to the sound. I hope it will make them appreciate art early,” he said at the exclusive media preview on Monday.
The team brought over 100 ovoids for their first showcase in Malaysia. Made from plastic with a mirror-like surface and fitted with sensors and LED lights, the ovoids were built in Japan and installed here for this exhibition.
“All the ovoids have stickers and sensors on them. When you touch one of ovoids, it will then cause the others in the surroundings to change colours. It is an interactive exhibition piece from teamLab,” added Ghani.
“The ovoids around it also respond one after another, resonating the same sound tone and light colour. The surrounding ‘Resonating Trees’ also responds and changes continuously.”
“Resonating Microcosms-Liquified Light Color, Sunrise and Sunset” is an art space that transforms through changes in the natural environment and the presence of people. It interactively transforms under the influence of the wind, rain and the behaviour of the people in the space, making the environment and the people a part of the work.
Under the sun, the ovoids reflect the world around them. As the sun sets, the ovoids begin to shine by themselves. When an ovoid is pushed down by a person, blown by the wind, or hit by rain, it shines brightly and emits a sound tone as it rises back up on its own.
“teamLab is experimenting with the concept of colour. The ovoids can change into a total of 57 newly-defined Liquified Light Colours,” said Ghani.
Ghani also plans to have another exhibition or two in Malaysia in the future.
teamLab — founded in 2001 — is an international art collective, an interdisciplinary group of specialists such as artists, programmers, engineers, CG animators, mathematicians and architects, whose collaborative practice seeks to navigate the confluence of art, science, technology and the natural world.
teamLab aims to explore the relationship between the self and the world and new perceptions through art. Its museums and large-scale permanent exhibitions include teamLab Borderless and teamLab Planets in Tokyo, teamLab Borderless Shanghai and teamLab SuperNature Macao, with more to open in cities including Beijing, Hamburg, Utrecht and Jeddah.
teamLab’s works are also in the permanent collection of, among others, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Asian Art Museum, San Francisco; Borusan Contemporary Art Collection, Istanbul; and Amos Rex, Helsinki.