Abu Dhabi has revealed the concept of teamLab Phenomena Abu Dhabi, a collection of innovative multisensory experiential artworks, located in the cultural district of al Saadiyat.
The Tokyo-based digital art collective teamLab, known for its unique artistic vision, will open teamLab Phenomena Abu Dhabi in 2024, in collaboration with Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi and Miral. TeamLab is an interdisciplinary group of artists, programmers, engineers, CGI animators, mathematicians and architects who refer to themselves as ‘ultratechnologists’,
Conceived as a “home for infinite curiosity”, it will feature original and constantly changing art and technology, inspired by “environmental phenomena” that will ignite curiosity, imagination and creativity to all its visitors.
The teamLab Phenomena Abu Dhabi project has been launched by Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Court.
Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed has launched the teamLab Phenomena Abu Dhabi project – an immersive, multi-sensory art experience that will be the latest offering to become part of Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Cultural District. Construction is due for completion in 2024. pic.twitter.com/Fu8gtQ6L5w— مكتب أبوظبي الإعلامي (@admediaoffice) June 23, 2022
To celebrate the official launch of the project, DCT – Abu Dhabi has launched a preview exhibition for community members till July 17th at Mamsha Al Saadiyat. This mind-blowing immersive artwork will serve as a teaser for the sensorial exploration awaiting the visitors in 2024.
The pop-up preview, which is free to visit, features two visually perplexing exhibitions. The first exhibition is ‘Waves of Light’, a digital installation of continuous loop. The second one is ‘Resonating Microcosms’ with solidified light colour that can be experienced by placing your hand on it.
The exclusive architecture of teamLab Phenomena Abu Dhabi resembles a white sculptural block conceptualised by TeamLab and realised by Abu Dhabi-based studio MZ Architects. The installations within the space will be “designed to flow” with the amoebic architecture, reported the teamLab.
The purpose-built, 17,000sqm (GFA) waterfront cultural destination unique to Abu Dhabi, which once built will become a permanent venue for its innovative digital art on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi. The building will join Louvre Abu Dhabi, Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, the Zayed National Museum and the Natural History Museum at the heart of the cultural district of Saadiyat. This architecture masterpiece will further strengthen the position of Abu Dhabi as a cultural hub.
“Sitting at the intersection of art, technology, nature and high-tech fantasy, teamLab Phenomena Abu Dhabi will offer a world of boundless wonder and creativity to all who visit, encouraging the new perspectives that are so essential to a thriving future,” said Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, chairman of DCT — Abu Dhabi.
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What to expect at the preview art exhibition
teamLab phenomena is known for producing crowd-pleasing immersive experiences unique to each visitor. The artworks are created through an extensive experimental process, shaped by changing environments and offers new perspectives on the world.
In the first exhibition, titled Waves of Light, you will encounter a mirrored hallway that stretches out into a golden sea of constantly moving waves. There’s no way to escape this art, it swirls all around you until you are completely immersed in it. It has an ocean inspired soundtrack creating a peaceful and meditative environment.
The second exhibition is based on Resonating Microcosms — Solidified Light Color. You will see an expansive mirrored room with dozens of glowing orbs that you can touch, push, and also watch them react to your actions by changing colours and making sounds.
teamLab Phenomena Abu Dhabi Preview
The preview exhibition is open to the public at Mamsha Al Saadiyat from Friday, 24 June until Sunday, 17 July 2022. Entry is free.
Open Timings: 10AM – 11PM daily.
Please note that all visitors must present their Alhosn Green Pass to enter the exhibition.