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Hito Steyerl: How To Build a Sustainable Art World Ocula Conversation Hito Steyerl: How To Build a Sustainable Art World

'A Picture of War is Not War', we read in Hito Steyerl's iconic film November (2004), an essayistic Super 8 film tackling the definition of terrorism constructed around the figure of the artist's best friend Andrea Wolf, who was killed as a terrorist in 1998 in Eastern Anatolia after she joined the PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party). Mixing documentary...

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Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future Ocula Report Aichi to Okayama: Art in Japan Looks to the Future 11 Oct 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

There has been a flurry of triennial and biennial art activity in Japan this year. The Aichi Triennale opened in Nagoya this August, sparking a national debate about the shutting down of a display of formerly censored works—the result of public backlash against a burnt image of Emperor Hirohito and a statue commemorating the women forced into...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight | Video
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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...

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teamLab

b. 2001, Japan

teamLab is an artist collective comprised of approximately 400 'ultratechnologists' including but not limited to artists, mathematicians, architects, designers and engineers. Based in Tokyo, with outposts in Singapore and Shanghai, teamLab was founded by Toshiyuki Inoko in 2001 with the aim to change the relationship between people and the spaces they inhabit. teamLab believes in digital technology's ability to expand the possibilities of art and experience. The collective's work is characterised by the creation of immersive installations in which the physical and the digital world merge together.

In each unique installation, teamLab attempts to alter the viewer's perception of space using technology. The collective takes advantage of light, sound, kinetics and even smell to draw the viewer into their fabricated world. In the exhibition DMM.PLANETS Art (16 July-31 August 2016), which covered around 3000 square metres, teamLab focused on the presence of the viewer's body in the space and their capacity for sensorial experience and interaction. The installation was made of different 'planets', and each planet had its own unique environment, including smell. Such immersive installations allow the viewer to live out different experiences of space and go beyond normal perceptions of the world.

By the infinite possibilities made accessible through digital technology, teamLab's art aims to break free of physical confines; in the digital realm, an artwork can be as big and as imaginative as is within the creator's power. However, teamLab does not only utilitise the full range of the digital realm, it also digs back into history, adopting a wide range of influences—the collective draws on both traditional and contemporary structures of representation and performance. For example, for the 2013 Singapore Biennale (26 October 2013-16 February 2014), teamLab presented the immersive installation, Peace can be Realised Even Without Order. To view it at the Singapore Art Museum, one needed to receive admission through a door. Inside, the room beyond the door was lit only by the work—an interactive animated set of holographic dancers in traditional Japanese clothes. As the viewer walked through the dancers, motion sensors allowed the installation—the dancers—to react according to the movement. The viewer became participant in the dance as well as observer of it.

Biography by Casey Carsel | Ocula | 2018
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Featured Artworks

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Reversible Rotation – Black in White by teamLab contemporary artwork
teamLabReversible Rotation – Black in White, 2019 Digital work, continuous loop, 7 channels
Tolarno Galleries
Waves of Light by teamLab contemporary artwork
teamLabWaves of Light, 2018 Digital work, continuous loop, 12 channels
Tolarno Galleries
Impermanent Life, at the Confluence 
of Spacetime New Space and Time is Born by teamLab contemporary artwork
teamLabImpermanent Life, at the Confluence of Spacetime New Space and Time is Born, 2018 Digital work, 4-channel, continuous loop
Martin Browne Contemporary
Enso by teamLab contemporary artwork
teamLabEnso, 2017 digital work, single channel (4K), continuous loop,
Martin Browne Contemporary
Gold Waves by teamLab contemporary artwork
teamLabGold Waves, 2017 igital work, 4 channels, continuous loop,
Martin Browne Contemporary
Black Waves by teamLab contemporary artwork
teamLabBlack Waves, 2016 digital work, single channel, continuous loop,
Martin Browne Contemporary
Impermanent Life by teamLab contemporary artwork
teamLabImpermanent Life, 2017 4 channels
Martin Browne Contemporary
Ever Blossoming Life II - A Whole Year per Year, Gold by teamLab contemporary artwork
teamLabEver Blossoming Life II - A Whole Year per Year, Gold, 2016 Digital work, endless, 4 channels

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Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, teamLab, Reversible Rotation at Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
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5 October–2 November 2019 teamLab Reversible Rotation Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne
Contemporary art exhibition, teamLab, Living Digital Forest and Future Park at Pace Gallery, Beijing
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20 May–19 November 2017 teamLab Living Digital Forest and Future Park Pace Gallery, Beijing
Contemporary art exhibition, teamLab, Four new works at Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney
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27 April–21 May 2017 teamLab Four new works Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney

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The Lowdown: shows to see during Gallery Weekend Beijing Ocula Report The Lowdown: shows to see during Gallery Weekend Beijing 16 Mar 2018 : Bowen Li for Ocula

To coincide with the second edition of Gallery Weekend Beijing, taking place between 23 and 30 March 2018, various institutions have brought out the big guns, including a list of international artists from Sarah Morris to Paul McCarthy. Galleries are also gearing up for the weekend, from Liu Wei showing at Long March Space, to Richard Deacon at...

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'Mission [Spacexart]: Beyond Cosmologies' And 'Chronicle 1995' At The Museum Of Contemporary Art, Tokyo Ocula Report 'Mission [Spacexart]: Beyond Cosmologies' And 'Chronicle 1995' At The Museum Of Contemporary Art, Tokyo 29 Jul 2014 : Annabel James for Ocula

Too many Tokyoites miss the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT) altogether. Beyond both the Ueno museums and the network of newer art spaces in Roppongi, this institution of first-class exhibition facilities, a vast pubic art library and one of the most significant global collections of contemporary Japanese art takes you by surprise in Old...

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Toshiyuki Inoko Ocula Conversation Toshiyuki Inoko Founder, teamLab, Artist Collaborative, Japan

At the Singapore Biennale in 2013, the standout artwork was by the digital artist collaborative, teamLab. The work was situated within the Singapore Art Museum behind a closed door that was subject to restricted entry. Once you had obtained admission beyond the door, you entered a blackened room lit only by the work itself. The work,...

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In Related Press

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The Elemental Intersection of Art and Technology Related Press The Elemental Intersection of Art and Technology Jump Start : 21 January 2019

The intersection of art and technology may appear to be a modern phenomenon on the surface, but this relationship is as enduring and universal as the discipline of art itself. Not only does technology have the ability to disrupt current practices in the art industry, but it can also challenge our understanding the world around us, and efforts to...

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The NGV Triennial's Most Fun Work is a Digital, Phosphorescent Whirlpool Related Press The NGV Triennial's Most Fun Work is a Digital, Phosphorescent Whirlpool Broadsheet Media : 9 January 2018

In an empty, dark room in the NGV this summer, you’ll find dozens of people wandering around in circles looking at the lights on the floor. It’s a digital simulation of the movement of water – like wading through phosphorescent pools. Visitors drag beams of light around with their feet while overhead an ambient, choral soundtrack plays.

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A Point of Encounter for Asia-Pacific: Sydney Contemporary 2017 art fair – highlights round-up Related Press A Point of Encounter for Asia-Pacific: Sydney Contemporary 2017 art fair – highlights round-up Art Radar : 13 September 2017

While the cancellation of the biannual Melbourne Art Fair in 2015 appeared to some as a sign of the instability of the Australian commercial art market, for Sydney Contemporary it was good news. The fair opened on Thursday 7 September 2017 with a host of returning local and international galleries from across the Asia-Pacific region and closed with...

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Living digital forest and future park TEAMLAB Related Press Living digital forest and future park TEAMLAB ArtAsiaPacific : 18 August 2017

Can art—specifically, digital art—effectively raise awareness about our environment? TeamLab's Living Digital Forest and Future Park at Pace Beijing attempted to do so, and their dazzling presentation attracted long queues at the gallery's doors. Around the world, the Japanese multi-disciplinary art collective has several shows running...

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In Video & Audio

TeamLab's installations at Enoshima Aquarium in Japan Related Video & Audio TeamLab's installations at Enoshima Aquarium in Japan Designboom : 13 August 2015

From now until 25 December 2015, visitors to the Enoshima Aquarium in Kanagawa, Japan are immersed in a field of digital nature projected onto the Big Sagami Bay tank filled with aquatic life. The installation Flowers and Fish by Japanese studio teamLab depicts botanical forms, leaves, and petals slowly floating across the surface of the water...

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