teamLab, the 400-member Tokyo-based art collective founded in 2001 is the creative force behind PACE London’s latest exhibition, Transcending Boundaries. The exhibition features three rooms of immersive light and sounds installations which display the confluence of teamLab’s choice disciplines: art, technology, design and the natural world. We entered the first room, to be washed over by a brilliant combination of serenity and curiosity. Water and flowers; butterflies and Japanese art motifs surround the viewer, who is completely transported. The depth of the imagery invites close inspection of the floors, walls and ceilings and the sounds – of trickling water and echoes – soothe and inspire. The room is an oasis.
Moving on the second room offers more sombre contemplation. A series of screens bring to life the ocean waves of traditional Japanese painting, rendered digitally like swells of fibre-optic cables. We sat on the bench opposite before moving on. The final room is preceded by a cleansing light bath. Stark white light is revealed in a shower room-sized passageway which leads into teamLab’s most interactive element of the show. We were asked to don white robes and step inside a pitch black space that would respond to our movement. Flowers and wines, 60s mod and cartoon one minute and wild and unruly the next, crept over us, forming puddles of petals at our feet. We moved about the room and left blossoming trails behind us as we left.
Transcending Boundaries is on at PACE London until 11 March 2017.