teamLab SuperNature to open at The Venetian Macao
teamLab, Drawing on the Water Surface Created by the Dance of Koi and Boats – Mifuneyama Rakuen Pond, 2015, at Mifuneyama Rakuen, Kyushu © teamLab
The tech masterminds behind art collective teamLab have been making waves around the world with their futuristic, interactive art, and are now setting their eyes on a large-scale, permanent interactive immersive experience opening in February 2020 at The Venetian Macao. teamLab SuperNature will be housed in The Venetian Macao’s Cotai Expo® Hall F, boasting 5,000 square metres of floor space. With vaulting eight metre-high ceilings throughout the hall, the space will be transformed by teamLab into an extremely complex, three-dimensional world with varying elevations, featuring constantly changing, immersive artworks. Centered around a “group of works that blur the boundaries between people’s bodies and art”, the interactive immersive experience will unveil several new pieces seen by the public for the first time.
teamLab has been popping up all over the globe with temporary exhibitions in cities including London, Paris, Madrid, Singapore and Shanghai. In 2018, the so-called ultra-technologists set up teamLab Borderless, their permanent digital art museum, in Tokyo’s seaside neighbourhood of Odaiba, covering an expansive 10,000 square-metre space featuring approximately 60 artworks to “wander, explore, and discover.” On top of this permanent space, they also have a second temporary museum in Tokyo titled teamLab Planets, which is open until autumn 2020, as well as other exhibitions around the world.
teamLab’s art is unique because of its interactivity: many artworks change in response to the touch or even just the presence of visitors, and some artworks can be changed via the teamLab mobile app. teamLab has erased the line between art and the viewer by giving visitors an immersive and sensorial art experience where they are free to explore and interpret the art in their own individual ways. In addition, many artworks are intended to react, evolve or change in response to the spectator, meaning that everyone gets a unique experience depending on their interactions and the interactions of those around them.
Inverted Globe Graffiti Nature, Red List, 2019, at The Venetian Macao, Macao © teamLab
In fact, many of teamLab’s exhibitions take place outdoors, or in unique settings which are not located within a particular confined space. In Japan especially, teamLab has showcased several exhibitions in the great outdoors, connecting guests with nature. In 2018, they showcased a unique outdoor exhibition in Saitama Prefecture’s Scandinavian-themed Metsä Village, where enormous egg-shaped lights drew a path up to an open area where guests could touch, play and interact with various lights and sounds. teamLab also digitised the lake at Metsä Village, outlining the body of water with colourful lights which could be seen from points around the lake.
Another unique location includes a special exhibition this past summer at the World Heritage Site of Shimogamo Shrine in Kyoto. The sacred site was adorned with soft multicoloured lights as well as projections on the surrounding forest.
Another exhibition, teamLab: A Forest Where Gods Live, located in Japan’s southern island of Kyushu took place inside bathhouse ruins and a historic forest, as part of teamLab’s “Digitized Nature” project. The annual exhibition takes place in Mifuneyama Rakuen, a large park located just over an hour’s drive outside Fukuoka. It takes advantage of the park’s historic ruins, including an abandoned bathhouse, as well as the surrounding natural landscape.
“Digitized Nature” is an ongoing project which gives nature a new light, offering an opportunity to turn it into a work of art. Of course, teamLab are conscious of their surroundings, and none of their projects has any physical impact on the environment, instead highlighting nature’s best aspects using a mix of networks, light and sound.
The Infinite Crystal Universe, 2018, at The Venetian Macao, Macao © teamLab
If the forthcoming Macao exhibition is to look anything like Tokyo’s permanent museum – teamLab Borderless – the artworks will not be confined to one single room, and you might see elements from one room float into another. Rooms will also be separated or categorised by their unique features. teamLab SuperNature highlights include a weightless forest of bouncy balloons, Expanding Three-Dimensional Existence in Transforming Space - Flattening 3 Colors and 9 Blurred Colors, Free Floating, which light up and change colour when touched, and The Clouds that Self-Organize: a huge, floating cloud mass that people can physically enter and break into clumps, before the clumps gradually merge back together, as though self-organising.
teamLab SuperNature will also feature the ever-popular artwork, The Infinite Crystal Universe, with thousands of dazzling LED lights strung around the mirrored room, making it seem as if you’re walking through a giant crystal. These LED lights can actually be controlled and changed by visitors who download the teamLab app via the QR code provided. teamLab SuperNature even offers a digital tea room featuring flowers blooming inside your cup of tea. Once a flower has bloomed, a sip from the cup sees flower petals scatter around the table before a new flower starts to bloom in its place.
While most artworks feature some type of interaction, nothing is more immersive than artworks where guests are encouraged to sketch something that will become a part of the art featured around them. Fun for visitors of all ages, Inverted Globe Graffiti Nature, Red List, gives you the chance to draw and create your own creatures, and watch as your creation is scanned and projected onto the walls and floors of the exhibition space.
Visitors will also have the chance to engage physically with the Multi Jumping Universe: a unique flexible surface where people can jump together to create warps in space and time. These distortions attract stardust and gas from the universe, creating new stars and causing them to grow. When a star’s lifecycle ends, it returns to stardust and nebulas that float through the universe, becoming the building blocks of new stars.
For those who have yet to experience teamLab’s cutting-edge digital art, there is a lot to look forward to with the upcoming opening of teamLab SuperNature at
The Venetian Macao. It’s a great way to experience art in a totally new and immersive way, and can easily keep you entertained for hours.