WHEN DIGITAL ART BECOMES AN IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE

The current development of art moves along paths increasingly connected with technology and digital language. Although in the beginning, the virtual works had been to a certain extent unconsidered, because they seem to play down the importance of the authors who execute their pieces with their own hands; these forms of expression have followed a constant evolution to position themselves in their place, where they deserve the same respect and admiration as traditional disciplines.

teamLab, “Black Waves: Lost, Immersed and Reborn”, 2019. Digital Installation, Continuous Loop, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi. ©teamLab, courtesy Pace Gallery.

One of the main differences offered by digital works is their ability to create parallel realities in an immersive way. Their power transcends mere evocation since they overcome the mind of the spectator, who does not have to imagine the things suggested to him, but he is involved in them actively and directly. The connection of these pieces with the moving image is understood today as a natural outlet... because the movement is precisely what the traditional branches of art cannot capture.

In this path, the work of teamLab, an artistic collective composed of numerous professionals from different specialities, who unite their energy and knowledge to create impressive digital immersive pieces, is deployed. Their own work system is based on the philosophy they want to convey in their works. It is about pooling the effort of all, seeking complementarity and joint action, giving rise to artworks that flow, that explore for themselves a balance in the elements, a harmony in the exteriorisation of an idea as simple as complex.

teamLab, “Flutter of Butterflies Beyond Borders, Ephemeral Life born in Au-delà des limites”, 2018, installation in La Villette, Paris. © teamLab, courtesy Pace Gallery.

This group, founded in Tokyo in 2001, prefers to reinforce the collective work and reject the traditional concept of authorship in the art to focus its efforts on the production of works. Its pieces have already been exhibited in numerous capitals of the world and are part of important collections.

While searching for putting together nature, technology, science and art, teamLab's work explores the possibilities of digital recreation of natural elements taken on a large scale to involve the viewer in an experience that transcends and brings it to another place. Its digital creations are often interactive and change in a constant cyclic movement that evolves according to the elements that appear in the scene. The result is an artistic-digital experience that reacts to the visitor, in a non-verbal dialogue that invites us to reflect on our environmental impact, the interaction with living beings and the need to feel a vital connection with nature.

teamLab, “Enso - Cold Light”, 2018, Digital Installation, Continuous Loop. ©teamLab, courtesy Pace Gallery.

The Espacio Fundación Telefónica exhibits three works of this collective to offer an unforgettable experience to the visitor. "Black Waves: Lost, Immersed and Reborn", "Flutter of Butterflies, Born from Hands" and "Enso - Cold Light" unfold on the walls of the showing-room to wrap, in a dark atmosphere with quiet music, the fascinated gaze of the spectator. Everything changes in the constant oscillation of the water and the waves of a rough, but peaceful sea.

 

The CEART opens this Thursday, November 14th in the room A an exhibition dedicated to this master of photography, which will be open to the public until February 9th. The show includes one of the artist's latest projects, focused on the hard work carried out by the miners of Serra Pelada, an open gold mine in the heart of Brazil where employees daily risked their lives.

Immigration, poverty, marginal life, slave labour, man's relationship with the land, the use of natural resources... are issues that have always fascinated Salgado. From the beginning of his career as a photographer, his work has opted to give visibility to the most disadvantaged groups and to create with his images a vivid and impressive visual story without fakes. With a raw black and white, this author's work transits between photo-reportage and naturalistic photography.

And the idea that permeates all his work is human dignity. Salgado portrays employees, miners and gatherers from a purely humanistic approach that wants to value their integrity, their strength and their resilience.

“If you photograph a human, so that he is not represented in a noble way, there is no reason to take the picture. That is my way of seeing things.”

Salgado entered this discipline long after completing his studies in economics between Brazil and the United States, and a doctorate in statistics in France. But in 1973 his life took a turn, and he decided to start his career as a photographer. He achieved to work at the Gamma Agency and Magnum Photos for more than 15 years until in 1994 he founded his own agency “Amazonas Imagen”.

With the “Gold” project, the photographer portrays a harsh reality that takes place in the Serra Pelada mine, a name given to a totally devastated and anarchically excavated mining enclave, the world's largest open-pit gold mine, through which more than 50,000 people have passed. In the heat of the legends about the mysterious “El Dorado”, the enthusiasm for this precious metal led to the development of strenuous exploitation practices for the workers and to originate tales of grief and glory, of human victory and defeat between the soil, the tunnels and the cargo baskets.

The CEART exhibition brings together Salgado's full portfolio in his characteristical black and white and large-format photographs that leave no one indifferent.