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Art What!: teamLab SuperNature Macao at The Venetian Macao

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MACAU – International art collective teamLab presents teamLab SuperNature Macao, a permanent solo exhibition now on view at The Venetian® Macao. teamLab SuperNature Macao currently features 19 artworks, with further works to debut as part of the installation’s official grand opening in the coming months.

Located in The Venetian Macao’s Cotai Expo, teamLab SuperNature Macao offers one of the largest areas of any teamLab exhibition with over 5,000 square metres of labyrinthine floor space with eightmetre high ceilings. This monumental ‘body immersive’ space offers an interactive art experience for families and visitors of all ages. Through this intricately designed three-dimensional space, visitors are able to immerse themselves in a complex interactive world where one can transcend the boundaries between body and artwork, explore new perceptions of the world around them, and appreciate the continuity between humans and nature.

teamLab is an international art collective, comprised of an interdisciplinary group of various specialists including artists, programmers, engineers, CG animators, mathematicians, and architects. They are renowned for their collaborative creative practice that seeks to navigate the confluence of art, science, technology, and the natural world. Through large-scale immersive installations and artworks, teamLab aims to explore the relationship between the self and the world, offer new perceptions through art of the surrounding world, and transcend the perceived boundaries between them. teamLab SuperNature Macao represents one of the collective’s largest and most significant exhibitions in Asia, following permanent exhibitions in the region including FUTURE WORLD at ArtScience Museum in Singapore (since 2016), teamLab Borderless in Tokyo (since 2018), and teamLab Borderless Shanghai (since 2019).

The exhibition features teamLab’s previously unreleased laser-based artwork called Light Sculpture – Plane, including eleven ‘shows.’ Visitors will find themselves immersed in complex, three-dimensional objects formed by laser beams in space. Artwork highlights further include installations that constantly change in response to members of the public, including Valley of Flowers and People: Lost, Immersed and Reborn (2020), which displays flowers influenced by the actions of humans, exploring the continuous relationship between humanity and nature. An infinite expanse of flowers, continually generated by a computer program in real time, is projected onto the walls and floor creating a visual field that continually evolves and is never replicated from one moment to the next.

The Athletics Forest area presents a ‘creative physical space’ that aims to train the mind’s spatial recognition ability by encouraging an expanded understanding of the world through the body and surrounding three-dimensional space. Inspired by the life cycle of stars in the universe, one of the interactive digital installations in this area, Multi Jumping Universe (2018), invites visitors into an immersive galaxy where they can jump on its flexible surface, causing black holes and birthing new stars. Future Park offers an additional educational project based on collaborative creation, or co-creation, where visitors can use their own imagination freely with others. In Sketch Ocean (2020), for example, visitors are invited to draw and scan pictures of fish, which come to life in a vibrant animated seascape.

teamLab SuperNature Macao presents a diverse range of teamLab’s iconic works that are underpinned not only by advanced technologies but also rooted in premodern aesthetics. Within the exhibition, people will immerse their bodies in art with others, influencing and becoming a part of the artworks themselves. People will become one with the art, blurring their perception of the boundaries between the body and the artwork, and thereby recognizing the continuity between the self and the world. Further artworks and details will be unveiled as part of teamLab SuperNature Macao’s official grand opening in the coming months.

“teamLab SuperNature Macao reflects on the long, fragile, yet miraculous continuity between humans and the world. Although scientific methods raise the resolution of the world through separation and dissection, humans only become further from understanding its entirety in the end. This exhibition considers how we can go beyond the boundaries of our recognition. The large-scale immersive installations allow visitors to transcend the boundaries between the body and art, creating an experience through which they recognize the continuity itself as beautiful, hence changing the way humans perceive the world,” comments teamLab.

teamLab Supernature Macao is now on view at The Venetian Macao. For more information, visit their website here

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