Digital art museums are popping up across the globe. Have you had an immersive experience yet?


Art is the reflection of the times. Changes brought about by the Industrial Revolution influenced Impressionists like Monet to break away from the rules of traditional painting to find new techniques. Post-WWII, gave way to Pop art where artists celebrated everyday objects like canned baked beans and comic books. Currently, we are in what is known as the Age of Information also known as the Digital Age or Computer Age.

It is called so due to the shift from traditional industry in the Industrial Age to an economy driven by technology. Artists and museums around the world are also exploring this change. Here are some cool exhibits that stand out:

teamLab Tokyo is the world’s first digital art museum. It is a 10,000 square meter space showcasing 50 pieces of digital art.  They’re operated with the help of 1000 computers and projectors, as well as real-time coding so the installations can react to visitors. Parts of the exhibits are specially designed for kids using multi-sensory tools so they can gain awareness about their surroundings. The works are themed around the term “borderless” as each installation flows into the next, and visitors are able to immerse and interact with them.

teamLab also has permanent collections at the ArtScience Museum in Singapore, Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, as well as Istanbul and Sydney.

The Atelier des Lumières, is the first digital art gallery in Paris. Its current exhibit allows you to immerse yourself in a 30-minute light show of the great Austrian artist Gustav Klimt’s works. With the help of 120 projectors, his work is displayed on the walls and change with the classical music being played.

The Magritte Interpretive Gallery is a special show at the end of the René Magritte: The Fifth Season, currently on display at the San Francisco Modern Art Museum. The museum collaborated with a leading design firm called Frog to create six augmented reality experiences of Magritte’s work. He played a lot with the concept of perception and how we see things. When you see a painting of a tree, is it really a tree or a painting of a tree? Using depth-sensing cameras, motion detection and 3D software the gallery allows viewers to enter and interact with the works, bringing to life Magritte’s ideas to go beyond how we see things.

Have you ever experienced a digital art experience? We’d love to hear about it!

Written by Tanika Thacker. Tanika is a writer by day and a foodie by night. She lives in San Francisco and nothing makes her happier than ice-cream on a cold, rainy afternoon. You can follow her meanderings on @tanikathacker and @boozefoodlatitude

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