California, US – Silicon Valley’s first major contemporary art gallery has opened with an exhibition by 400-strong art-technology collective teamLab.
After testing the waters in 2014 with a temporary exhibition, the new permanent gallery is the first of its kind in Silicon Valley, a place notoriously uninterested in collecting art. The fact that it occupies a former Tesla workshop will do it some favours, as will the decision to host technologists and artists teamLab for its inaugural exhibition.
Living Digital Space and Future Parks, which runs until July 2016, features 20 works, many of which have an interactive element. The piece Crystal Universe, a room made from 50,000 LED lights, senses when someone enters, infinitely changing the installation. Visitors can also use a smartphone app to request different patterns and sequences.
‘We are honoured to share some of our most recently created artworks and hope the universality of their themes – creativity, play, exploration, immersion, life and fluidity – will seep into the broader conscience,’ says teamLab founder Toshiyuki Inoko.
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