Artist Q&A: teamLab

28 November 2016
We spoke to Japanese digital art collective teamLab about their upcoming exhibition, What a Loving, and Beautiful World. Visit the exhibition in QUAD Gallery from 10th December 2016 - 5th February 2017.

Could you tell us a little about teamLab? 

teamLab was founded in 2001 by Toshiyuki Inoko and several of his friends, as a space of co-creation. We are a collective, interdisciplinary creative group that brings together professionals from various fields of practice in the digital society: artists, programmers, engineers, CG animators, mathematicians, architects, web and print graphic designers and editors among others. Referring to ourselves as "ultratechnologists," we try to go beyond the boundaries between art, science, technology and creativity, through co-creative activities. Our team has now grown to over 400 members.

How did the 'What a Loving, Beautiful World' project first originate?

This artwork originates from our belief - that our digital art can make the presence of others positive while sharing the experience in a same space. In a conventional exhibition, presence of other visitors is often disturbing, and you would feel lucky if you were able to see an artwork alone. However, presence of others is an essential part of our artworks. Our artworks change by the existence of people in the space. If the change made by the presence of others is beautiful, then we believe we can make the presence of others feel beautiful as well. 

What does your creative process involve?

Our artworks are created by a team of hands-on experts through a continuous process of creation and thinking. Although the large concepts are always defined from the start, the project goal tends to remain unclear, so the whole team needs to create and think as they go along. teamLab's organizational structure is very flat, but it is also extremely multidimensional, with an underlying layer that is unclear and undecided. The big concepts are always defined from the start, and the project goal and technical feasibility also go hand in hand. This is why the goal of the artwork becomes more clearly defined as the team progresses its work.

Where have you found inspiration?

Since we have so many members, we always have different interests and sources of inspiration. Through the daily process of members collectively working on projects, we always discover new things that we would like to experiment with, and new experiences that we would like to have and create. 

Where else can we see teamLab's work?

Selected ongoing exhibitions:

teamLab: Living Digital Space and Future Parks
PACE Art + Technology, Menlo Park, California, USA

teamLab: Flutter of Butterflies Beyond Borders - New Digital Works
Ikkan Art Gallery, Singapore

teamLab World: Dance! Art Exhibition, Learn & Play! Future Park
Lotte World, Seoul, Korea
Permanent exhibition

ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
Permanent exhibition

Selected upcoming exhibitions:

Story of the Forest
National Museum of Singapore, Singapore
2016/12/10 - Permanent

teamLab: Dance! Art Exhibition, Learn & Play! Future Park
Huashan1914 - Creative Park, Taipei, Taiwan

See more of teamLab's work at https://www.team-lab.net/ 

Why not join us at our exhibition launch on Friday 9th December 2016?