“Digital expression is undervalued compared to art created by using physical materials and we want to change that. We want to free peoples’ mindsets and enable them to feel more optimistic and peaceful.”

At the Singapore Biennale in 2013, the standout artwork was by the digital artist collaborative, teamLab. The work was situated within the Singapore Art Museum behind a closed door that was subject to restricted entry. Once you had obtained admission beyond the door, you entered a blackened room lit only by the work itself. The work, entitled Peace can be Realised Even Without Order, was an interactive and animated diorama of a seemingly endless army of dancers dressed in traditional Japanese costume. The dancers were created by holograms, and as viewers navigated, either horizontally or vertically, through their ranks, motion sensors orchestrated a reaction of movement and sound so that ultimately a viewer could imagine they were part of the dancing troupe – a witness, participant and possibly even the subject of some ancient passage of rite. Peace can be Realised Even Without Order represented an entwining of tradition and sophisticated technology that is typical of the work created by teamLab. Often referred to as “ultra technologists”, the collaborative comprise a group of Japanese artists, programmers, architects, mathematicians, web and print graphic designers, programmers, editors, and engineers who have worked together over the past several years to create a substantial body of artistic work. As their first solo exhibition in New York, which opened at Pace Gallery last month, closes and they prepare for their inclusion in the Japan Society’s exhibition, Garden of Unearthly Delights, which also takes place in New York, teamLab’s founder, Toshiyuki Inoko shared with Ocula some of the ideas that underpin the collaborative's work.


The Creators Project