Students showcase work with leading arts collective

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Students from Goldsmiths joined with the world-leading creative studio teamLab to showcase their work and explore immersive digital collaborative practice.

The Department of Computing welcomed Takeshi Yamada from Tokyo’s teamLab to discuss the collective’s innovative approach, which explores the joining of art, science, technology, and the natural world.

The event also gave students on Computing programmes the opportunity to showcase their creative work to Takeshi and fellow students from across Goldsmiths.

teamLab’s ‘Transcending Boundaries’ interactive exhibition.

teamLab’s ‘Transcending Boundaries’ interactive exhibition.

teamLab is a group of interdisciplinary specialists, including artists, programmers, engineers, Computer Graphics (CG) animators, mathematicians, and architects, whose exhibitions have been showcased worldwide to critical acclaim.

The synergies with the creative streams curriculum in the Computing Department, and the broader approach to digital and creative practice at Goldsmiths, led to an energetic exchange of ideas and lively Q&A session including perspectives on accessibility and aspects of technical design.

As well as reflecting on creative practice, students learnt about the types of jobs at teamLab, from architects and visual designers to web developers and sound programmers, and how the skills they are developing on their courses could lead them into these kinds of work.

Takeshi Yamada presents teamLab’s ‘Borderless’ interactive exhibition.

Takeshi Yamada presents teamLab’s ‘Borderless’ interactive exhibition.

After the teamLab presentation, students across the creative streams programmes had the opportunity to talk through their current work and gain feedback from Takeshi and their peers.

Student projects included work on tattoo robots and their implications for tattoo artists, a star sign-themed interactive exhibition, and a physical avatar for screen-based video games.

Student Rachele Guzzon presents her project on tattoo robots.

Student Rachele Guzzon presents her project on tattoo robots.

Xinde Ren, a final-year Digital Arts Computing student, said: "Thank you to TeamLab for showing us the different aspects behind their journey of building immersive experiences for 23 years and beyond. It’s inspiring for me as a young practitioner to think about implementing similar concepts and connecting with the public."

Rachel Falconer, Head of Digital Arts Computing at Goldsmiths, said:

"We were thrilled to host Takeshi here at Goldsmiths to learn about the meanings and technology behind the exhibitions produced by teamLab. We were also proud to offer our students the chance to present their work and get feedback from a world-renowned expert – a unique opportunity for them that I’m sure will help and inspire them in their future careers."

The fact that this was teamLab’s first time speaking to students at a university in the UK shows how important the work we’re doing across the creative streams within the Computing Department at Goldsmiths is, and that our students are recognised as being the future of this industry.

Rachel Falconer, Head of Digital Arts Computing

We are grateful to Takeshi and teamLab for visiting Goldsmiths and speaking with our students about their work, and we look forward to continuing our close relationship.