Currently on view at Pace London are these immersive digital installations by Tokyo-based interdisciplinary technology group teamLab. Entitled Transcending Boundaries, the installation explores the role of digital technology in "transcending the physical and conceptual boundaries that exist between different artworks, with imagery from one work breaking free of the frame and entering the space of another." Two of the most striking works featured are Universe of Water Particles, a virtual waterfall that extends beyond the gallery wall onto the floor, flowing through the exhibition space and around the feet of the viewer and Flowers Bloom on People, in which the darkened space is transformed by the presence of the viewer with flowers growing, decaying and scattering in direct response to their movements.
In the mind, there are no boundaries between ideas and concepts, they are inherently ambiguous and influence and interact with each other. In order for ideas and concepts to be expressed in the real world it is necessary to have a physical material substance through which they are mediated. Boundaries are created when ideas and concepts are materialized in the real world. Within the digital domain, art is able to transcend physical and conceptual boundaries. Digital technology allows art to break free from the frame and go beyond the boundaries that separate one work from another. Elements from one work can fluidly interact with and influence elements of the other works exhibited in the same space. In this way, the boundaries between art pieces dissolve.On view at Pace London through March 11.