Artwork painted with bits
In the digital era, everything is ephemeral, and art even more so. One example is the new digital forest at the National Museum of Singapore. A computer creates it in real time, and it changes depending on the time of day, season and interactions with the public. Nothing that happens can be reproduced again. It is as fleeting as a tweet or a Snapchat photo. The work is by teamLab, a multidisciplinary Japanese group and experts in making dreams materialise through digital art. High-tech professionals, from programmers to architects, with wild imaginations.
The Story of a Forest installation is the star attraction at the renovated glass rotunda. It is inspired by the flora and fauna of Singapore. As in every artwork by teamLab, reality and fantasy intermingle, creating a dreamlike experience. The viewer feels minute compared to the magnitude of the artwork that envelops them, but they are also positioned as the protagonist of their own story, because they can interact with the installation. The artwork, which opened on 10 December, will be a permanent exhibition at the museum. Well, as permanent as ephemeral art can be, that is.