(Reported on the program ‘FM Lifestyle’ on Radio Beijing International, 05/07/2017)
Some called it the ‘Top 10 Arts Exhibitions in the world’, others queued for 8 hours to see the exhibition in the Milan Expo. Either way, the long-awaited world tour of the teamLab exhibition has finally come to Beijing as their debut in China. It is definitely a place you want to put onto your summer to-go list this year. Let’s follow our reporter Chloe and Hong Kong intern reporter Richelia to get a glimpse of the exhibition.
Founded in 2001, teamLab has been breaking new grounds with their futuristic digital art installations and setting new trends and becoming a global phenomenon.
‘Living Digital Forest and Future Park’ is located in PACE Beijing in the 798 Art District, showcasing a total of 12 artworks in the 1500 square meters exhibition halls.
Stepping into the halls, you will be embraced by a sea of flowers in different senses.
Take a deep breath of the pleasant scent of fragrance and look around and appreciate tens of thousands of digital interactive flowers on the wall.
When you put your hands on the wall, the projection of flowers will move from one place to another, as if you are genuinely touching some real ones.
After a while, it is not a surprise that you feel like you have become a part of this beautiful world of blossoms.
There are 12 kinds of flowers, representing the 12 months in a year,” said teamLab’s Communication Director Kudo Takashi when he was giving us a tour of the show. Not only there are different kinds of flowers, he said visitors could also see the entire living cycle of the digital flowers, witnessing their blossom and withering.
Attracting people of different ages and gender all came to the exhibition, no wonder it is so crowded in the halls even on weekdays. When we were chatting with the staff earlier, they said it would be even more crowded in here during the weekends.
Look around and you can see visitors snapping picture everywhere because in here even a random background can be the best spot for them to strike a pose and capture the moment.
After that, we arrived at another hall of the exhibition called the ‘Future Park’ and it is, without a doubt, a futuristic paradise for children. All visitors needed to do are to color the drawing and scan the paper. They can instantly see their creations come to life on the virtual town and aquarium.
Many of the digital art installations in here are interactive, Takashi said he hopes the creativity in people can be inspired by the artworks.
“When we were kids, we understand the world with our brains and our bodies,” said Kudo Takashi. “But now we are living in a generation which technologies are very well-developed, we gain access to information too easily that very often we jumped to the part of knowing and skipped the important part — understanding.”
Visitors are very much amazed by the art pieces. “It’s really beautiful,” said a girl who came with her family. “It’s also really amazing how the designers can design so many different things, like how we can scan and make our own aquarium out of things that we draw.”
The exhibition is running at Pace Beijing in the 798 Art District until October 10th.
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（Reported by Radio Beijing International Reporter Chloe Liu and Intern Reporter Richelia Yeung/ Article and Photography by Richelia Yeung）