teamLab Exhibition and 798 Art District

Thanks to the wonderful organization of my Chinese friend, today I have had a chance to visit an amazing exhibition of teamLab in Beijing.

teamLab can be best described by their own words that I will cite here:

teamLab is 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. Referring to themselves as ultratechnologists, the group aims to go beyond the boundaries between art, science, technology and creativity, through co-creative activities

(http://art.team-lab.cn/)

The exhibition that we visited was basically a masterpiece of interactive digital animation  that is hard to explain in words but needs to be experienced in live version. During the exhibition you are strolling through spaces that are covered from the floor to the top with the projection of different flower patterns. In separate rooms you get to see some other animations as well. For us, the most impressive was a room that requires the visitors to stay in the certain part of the room and on the surrounding walls they get to see a beautiful animation of birds dispersed into the expressive flight followed by music.

Besides that, the showroom aimed for the youngest visitors is also impressive. There kids have a chance to draw different vehicles that are then later on transformed into 3D versions projected on the screen to the road, so you see the convoy of these little painted vehicles moving on the virtual road over the whole screen.

TeamLab exhibition is situated in the art district 798, very hip place composed of previous military factory halls that are being transformed into numerous art galleries and creative studios. Between these artistic spaces you will also find few very cool cafés so you can count on staying there for a whole day.

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