PACE Art + Technology
San Francisco affords its artists the kind of creative liberties they might be less willing to risk experimenting with in a more saturated, more-closely scrutinized (and critiqued) art scene. Silicon Valley, with its technical aptitude, similarly fosters technological experimentation in a boundless hub of innovation. With Silicon Valley’s northward expansion toward San Francisco, go figure its ubiquitous technological prominence would pervade even the local art scene. Or is it the other way around?
Just how technological are these compelling ocean waves, you ask? Oh, you know, just your usual 3D simulation of movement based on particle interaction. And the butterflies below? Are they flitting around the room –and into the canvas of another featured installation– in search of flowers?
Pace Gallery in Menlo Park, California focuses on Art+Technology. It’s housed, of all places, in the old Tesla facility. Talk about an innovation hot spot. (Menlo Park isn’t exactly a tourist destination in the San Francisco Bay Area, but if it sounds vaguely familiar, it might be because Facebook is headquartered here.) The works we’re looking at today are by teamLab, a Japanese group of “ultra-technologists whose collaborative practice seeks to navigate the confluence of art, technology, design and the natural world.”
Rather than having me try to describe the exhibit (the requisite poetry escapes me), you should see it for yourself. Pardon the homestyle videography.
Art station! Grab some crayons, scan your image, and watch your art appear on the screen. This is primarily geared toward children, but they’re certainly not the only ones enjoying the interactivity.
Wishing you an inspiring weekend,
teamLab is an interdisciplinary group of ultra-technologists whose collaborative practice seeks to navigate the confluence of art, technology, design and the natural world. Rooted in the tradition of ancient Japanese Art and contemporary forms of anime, teamLab operates from a distinctly Japanese sense of spatial recognition, investigating human behavior in the information era and proposing innovative models for societal development. teamLab’s works are in the permanent collection of Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul; The Asian Art Museum, San Francisco; The Asia Society Museum, New York; Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; and Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney. They have been the subject of numerous exhibitions worldwide; in 2015, a projection work was exhibited on the façade of the Grand Palais, Paris.