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"Ultra Subjective Space"
By Claire Taddei
"Crows are chased and the chasing crows are destined to be chased as well, Divisions in Perspective - Light and Dark," 2014. Digital installation, 3 minutes 40 seconds. Left photo by Claire Taddei. Right photo by Pace Gallery.
Pace Gallery is presenting "Ultra Subjective Space" at 508 and 510 West 25th Street from July 17 to August 15, 2014. "Ultra Subjective Space" is the first U.S exhibition of Japanese collaborative digital artists, teamLab.
"Cold Life," 2014. Digital work. Photo by Pace Gallery.
With five digital installations and one immersive installation, this exhibition navigates through art, technology and design. "Ultra Subjective Space" puts on screens the Japanese sense of spatial perception. Each screen seems to embody a psychic construction or representation which takes life between the perspective of the occidental academic style and the traditional Japanese composition. The perspective is at its highest point with the use of 3D. The aesthetic, from Ukiyo-e prints of the Edo period to current Manga illustration, combines poetry and elegance with extreme digital savoir-faire. The Japanese touch is present and enhanced by a dynamic and vibrant digital sensory experience.
During the exhibition, the screen disappears and the digital, is forgotten giving life to a new world, to a new space with its disruptions, its weaknesses, its beauty and its infinity. This can be interpreted as an eternal cycle of beginning and end. The exhibition's centerpiece, "Crows are chased and the chasing crows are destined to be chased as well, Divisions in Perspective - Light and Dark," plays vivid animation through seven huge staggered screens accompanied by loud music. An aerial choreography of swarms of crows invades the screen, as a way to an apotheosis, and fully immerses the visitor into a spatial trip. This work is as an explosive trip, full of color where the movement seems to be led by a supernatural strength much more than led by a digital performance. The installation invites the visitor to take a place, both physically and psychologically, in a new environment, which seems to symbolize our era, both in a societal and artistic way. It's an era which tries to find its identity through the power of the virtual world. Futhermore, it's also a part of the Japansese identity which is illustrated. An identity which tries to deal with its troubles, its past and its hopes.
From "Flower and Corpse Glitch Set of 12" to "Cold Life," this exhibition becomes both exalting and frightening. While screens tell a mythological tale about Japanese civilization, natural disasters, wars, destruction and disintegration, and potential rebirth, others show a series of brushstrokes which transform and grow into a tree, giving life to a kind of tree of life which becomes increasingly majestic, giving rise to other life forms. By bringing us to a melancholic state, "Ultra Subjective Space" awakes our senses as much as it reminds us of our unavoidable limit, our inevitable mortality.
"Flower and Corpse Glitch Set of 12," 2014. Digital work. Photo by Claire Taddei. "Flower and Corpse Glitch Set of 12," 2014. Digital work. Photo by Claire Taddei.
Claire Taddei is an independent art critic from France.
If you go:
"Ultra Subjective Space"
Jul 17, 2014 – Aug 15, 2014
508 West 25th Street & 510 West 25th Street
New York NY 10001
Mon - Thurs 10-6, Fri 10-4
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