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Digital Art Exhibition in Wan Chai, HK Includes TeamLab from Japan

Digital Art Exhibition in Wan Chai, HK Includes TeamLab from Japan

A digital artwork by Team Lab.

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Distilling Senses: A Journey through Art and Technology in Asian Contemporary Art is a digital art exhibit that opened on December 10 at the Hong Kong Art Center at 2 Harbour Road, Wan Chai.

The event is the center's flagship exhibit, held annually this time of year since 2009. The exhibit is intended to foster the growth of modern art in Asia and its theme changes each year. This year's arrangement explores the relationship between modern art and technology. On display are works by nine Asian artists including Nam June Paik, the so-called father of video art.

Exhibits from Japan feature works by artist and videographer Takashi Ishida and by TeamLab. The title of TeamLab's piece is "Homogenizing and Transforming World." The enormous installation contains 112 floating globes 75 to 170 centimeters in diameter and scattered throughout the space, allowing visitors to walk in and find delight in feeling them. When touched, that contact becomes information that alters a globe's color. And when a globe bumps into another, information is transferred to that other globe and its color changes...and so on and so on. A TeamLab member said, "We're saying that due to the appearance of the internet, our world has become one where anyone can have the chance to create change. The rise of social networks transfers information from one point to another, gaining momentum and transforming, and the world becomes a space with a limited, uniform appearance. The inside of that space is what we have represented here."

TeamLab President Toshiyuki Inoko, who came to Hong Kong for the exhibit's preparations, commented, "Art that transforms through the intervention of a person will continue changing forever. We've expressed that this is what you get when you design a space in a digital manner. We want visitors to experience the sensory pleasure."

The exhibition is open from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. until January 12. Admission is free of charge.

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