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Expect the Unexpected

Immersive exhibition 'Expect the Unexpected' combined art and science presented 10 digital sensory artworks at The Mountain View, Shenzhen, China.

by Sukanya GargPublished on : May 23, 2019

Reuters announced the Immersive Digital Art Exhibition: Expect the Unexpected, on display at The Mountain View, OCT, Shenzhen, China, to be 'the most expecting digital art exhibition of the year'. On display from December 23, 2018 to March 10, 2019, the exhibition was the first sensory digital art exhibition created by GeeksArt. 10 digital artworks were initially shown in this exhibition including: Doors of Perception, Less Ego Is More, Wavelet, Organic Neuron, Eternity in your eyes, There Is The Moutain, Psychedelic Temple, The Flow of Metabolism, The Plankton, and Deep Space.

Main Light Forest Image Credit: Courtesy of Team ArtLab

By exploring science with art and presenting art with science, Expect the Unexpected aimed to establish an immersive science and art space. The exhibition included simulations of the universe, nature, cities and elements by using digital technologies such as sensors, networks, light and sound, turning images into living art.

Curated by Vanessa Zheng, the GeeksArt team is composed of a group of international talents from multiple fields such as artists, curators, programmers, engineers, technology and developers. Using public interactive installation and creative interactive display, the team hopes to combine new thinking, technology and forms to catalyse connections between people, information, spaces and objects creating a multi-sensory interactive experience.

Mian, Water Droplets Image Credit: Courtesy of Team ArtLab

Digital technology is the carrier of artistic expression, while art is a medium for expressing feelings. The increasingly new media technology has broadened the categories of art and brought people a multi-dimensional immersive artistic experience. GeeksArt believes that the experiences based on digital technology should not only have physical reactions but also emotional communications. Consequently, hoping to promote a balance between humans and technology, GeeksArt explores universally shared human motifs: the physical and emotional experience of light, sound and touch; the universal beauty and power of nature; behaviours and motions that they recognize intrinsically or trigger archetypal associations.

Aerial Climbing through a flock of Colored Birds Image Credit: Courtesy of Team ArtLab

GeeksArt aims to broaden the way people perceive art through this exhibition. With immersion of the body into the artwork, the boundary between the self and the artwork becomes ambiguous, and therefore, the boundary between human and the world begins to disappear. Through the exhibition, therefore, GeeksArt hopes to stimulate individual ideas and inspirations regarding art amongst audiences by offering an experience of continuity with the fantasy world. Expect the Unexpected, therefore, hoped to trigger amongst people a deeper connect with their inner world as also with the unpredictable future of society.

Further, the location of the exhibition at The Mountain View, the first humanities and art landmark located in the urban green highland, offered viewers a brand new cultural experience enriched with feelings about life and aesthetics. The exhibition took one beyond the three-dimensionality of daily life to a space where one can perhaps experience the vastness of the universe.

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