Wanting to ‘inspire families and children to use their creative imagination’, the inaugural Gallery Children’s Biennale have brought together a variety of interactive artworks specifically for a younger audience under the theme of, Dreams & Stories.
Alongside artists such as Yayoi Kusama and Tran Trong Vu, the Japanese collective, teamLab have created Homogenizing and Transforming the World, a responsive installation. Located in the Ngee Ann Kongsi Concourse Gallery, the work considers how the internet connects the world.
When the digital floating balls are touched, they change colour and emit sound devised by Hideaki Takahashi in relation to that specific colour. The balls then communicate with one another, transmitting the information so eventually all the balls are unified by one colour.
teamLab are known for their digital artworks which actively involve the viewer in immersive environments in order to give us a different perspective on the world around us. Their current exhibition in Takeo-city, Saga brings the Japanese park to life through a number of interactive projections.
Here, the gallery visitor – an imperative element to the work – becomes a symbol of how information is generated and transmitted through the internet. ‘The Internet has spread throughout the world. Individuals are connected and information spreads back and forth freely,’ say the interdisciplinary collective behind Homogenizing and Transforming the World (2017). ‘People act as intermediaries for information, and the instant the information spreads, the world unites, transforming it in an instant.’
Homogenizing And Transforming World is part of Gallery Children’s Biennale at the National Gallery of Singapore, 1 Saint Andrew’s Road, Singapore, 178957 until October 8, 2017. Admission charge.
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