A Digital World Where Art Meets Nature: Don’t Miss teamLab’s Immersive Exhibition in Kanazawa

05.June.2019 | SPOT

teamLab is a creative group of professionals and artists that creates collaborative digital art projects and exhibits them to the public. Visitors have the opportunity to fully immerse their bodies in the exhibition and become part of the art. Now, teamLab is heading to the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (Ishikawa).

 

From Friday 9th August to Sunday 1st September, the exhibition Impermanent Flowers Floating in a Continuous Sea will take place in the museum. Tickets can be purchased from Seven Ticket (Seven-Eleven convenience stores) or from event’s official website.

Continuous Life and Death at the Now of Eternity, Cannot be Controlled but Live Together
teamLab, 2019, Interactive Digital Installation, Endless, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

Learn more: https://www.teamlab.art/w/continuous_life_and_death/

Reversible Rotation – Black in White
teamLab, 2018, Digital Installation, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

Learn more: https://www.teamlab.art/jp/w/reversible-blackinwhite/

The main exhibition features one continuous wave produced by one installation. The concept is; Black Waves: Lost, Immersed and Reborn. The movement of the patterns in the exhibition are influenced by the movements of the visitors. The exhibition aims to show people that the continuous cycle of life and death exists in a moment that lasts forever. You cannot control it, but you can learn to live alongside it. 

 

 Black in White is another immersive exhibition. Here, you stand in the exhibition space and watch Japanese sho (calligraphy) being drawn all around you in 3D. The Graffiti Flowers Bombing exhibition is where visitors can draw their own flowers which then grow and bloom on the walls and spread all over the exhibition space.

Graffiti Flowers Bombing
teamLab, 2018, Interactive Digital Installation, Endless, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

Learn more: https://www.teamlab.art/w/graffiti-flowers-bombing/

All visitors are invited to become one with the art together. As your body intwines with the art, the borders between people and the exhibition disappear, creating a new borderless relationship with the world.  This is a chance for anyone to experience the latest technology to their heart’s content.

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    teamLab Folding Rice Bag

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    A sauna and new art experience fusion

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    One Vanderbilt

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    September Flowers

    October Flowers

    Proliferating Immense Life – A Whole Year per Year | teamLab, 2020, Interactive Digital Installation, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

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    Autumn Colours
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    Forest of Resonating Lamps – One Stroke, Autumn Mountain | teamLab, 2016, Interactive Installation, Murano Glass, LED, Endless, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

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    Flowers Bloom in an Infinite Universe inside a Teacup | teamLab, 2016, Interactive Digital Installation, Endless, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

    Make tea, and flowers bloom inside the teacup. If you pick up the teacup, the flowers scatter and spread outside of the cup. Flowers bloom infinitely as long as there is tea. The tea in the teacup becomes an infinite world in which the flowers continue to bloom. Drink in the infinitely expanding world.

     

    The exhibition hall’s tea house “EN TEA HOUSE” will see a variety of autumnal flowers used including safflower, dianthus, and Chinese aster for September and cosmos, osmanthus, and chrysanthemum for October.

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    Forest and Spiral of Resonating Lamps in the Forest – One Stroke, Autumn Mountain
    teamLab, 2018, Interactive Installation, Murano Glass, LED, Endless, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

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    Flowers Bloom in an Infinite Universe inside a Teacup
    teamLab, 2016, Interactive Digital Installation, Endless, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

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    Ever Blossoming Life Rock
    teamLab, 2017, Digitized Nature, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

    Megaliths in the Bath House Ruins
    teamLab, 2019, Interactive Digital Installation

    You can also see autumn flowers in the Ever Blossoming Life Rock and Megaliths in the Bath House Ruins exhibits too.

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    Pokémon Center Kanazawa’s design captures the beauty of the Hokuriku Region of Japan. There to greet customers who enter the store is Milotic who is perhaps the most beautiful Pokémon.

    Pokémon Center Kanazawa will sell a whole range of Pokémon merchandise, including items to promote the grand opening of the store.

     

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    Numerous exhibits from teamLab will be on display including, but not limited to Future Park and Athletics Forest. The former is based on collaborative creativity and co-creation, encouraging participants to be creative with others, while the latter is a “physical creative space” that “promotes growth of the hippocampus of the brain and trains spatial awareness.”

    Wonderwoods, where Nowhere is being built, is a green development set to open in 2023, boasting 9,649 trees of over 360 species.

     

    Photos: Vero Digital

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    HAKUICHI has renovated and opened the new Kanazawa Shitsurae cafe in Higashi Chayamachi on July 23, 2020. Higashi Chayamachi was built 200 years ago to this year. With a desire for this renovated tea house to exist for the next 200 years, it has been renovated and opened as the new Kanazawa Shitsurae.

    Kanazawa Shitsurae

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    Gallery Shop

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    Yanagi-an: The Cafe

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