A teamLab digital art installation is lighting up Malaysia
You know, like the one you've seen all over Instagram from Japan
Colouring the internet with technicolour digital artworks, teamLab's immersive borderless world saw people from all over the world flock to Tokyo to experience the magic IRL. If you could get tickets, that is—it was always sold out well in advance. The mesmerising lights and fantastical worlds that teamLab imagines offer peak escapism for those who travel the world in search of whimsical experiences. Even Steve Aoki approves…
After travelling from Japan to Europe and North America, Malaysia is getting ready to welcome its own teamLab exhibition. Titled Resonating Microcosms — Liquified Light Color, Sunrise And Sunset, the outdoor installation will experiment with the concept of colour by peppering mysterious egg-shaped sculptures—or ovoids— throughout the park that will transform through changes in the natural environment like wind and rain and the nearby presence of people. Since the installation is interactive, you can also touch the ovoids, further manipulating their reactions. The sculptures also emit sound tones, with surrounding ovoids responding one after another in unison. teamLab says that the ovoids can change into 57 newly-defined Liquified Light Colors.
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A snippet from a press statement by teamLab reads: "Touch one of the ovoids and watch it fall back and rise again, releasing a resonating tone and emitting a light colour specific to the sound. The surrounding ovoids will also start echoing the same tonal quality and colour as their neighbours."
The exhibition happens in tandem with Resonating Trees, in which the trees surrounding the ovoid installation blink with coloured lights in reaction to the people near them.
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Resonating Microcosms will run from August 4 to November at Mitsui Shopping Park Lalaport Bukit Bintang City Centre (Lalaport BBCC) in Kuala Lumpur, and best of all, it's entirely free. It opens daily from 10am – 10pm but night visits are recommended to get the most from the dazzling experience as that's when the mysterious sculptures appear to glow in the dark. But if you can only manage a daytime trip, under the sun, the ovoids mirror the world around them and offer a new perspective on nature, making the environment part of the fairytale-like world. Sunset would naturally get you the best of both worlds.
Founded in 2001, teamLab is an interdisciplinary group of specialists such as artists, programmers, engineers, CG animators, mathematicians and architects who work together to explore the intersection of art, science, technology, and the natural world. The team have held exhibitions worldwide, including in New York, London, Paris, Singapore, Silicon Valley, Beijing and Melbourne, as well as set up large-scale permanent exhibitions in Shanghai, Macao, Tokyo and Singapore.
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Olivia Wycech is Mixmag Asia’s Culture Editor, follow her on Instagram.