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Immersive, Responsive: Floating in the Falling (Digital) Universe of Flowers

teamLab’s digital artworks are designed to dissolve “the boundary between the body and the artwork.”


Located in Tokyo, teamLab Planets allows visitors the immerse themselves in massive projected artworks, walking barefoot through the space.

From teamLab's New, Responsive Vide Installation, :Floating in the Falling Universe of Flowers"
From teamLab’s New, Responsive Vide Installation, :Floating in the Falling Universe of Flowers”

The experience consists of four exhibition spaces with seven distinct artworks, with artworks are based on art collective teamLab’s concept of “Body Immersive”… by immersing the entire body with other people in these massive “Body Immersive” artworks, teamLab believes, “the boundary between the body and the artwork dissolves, the boundaries between the self, others, and the world become something continuous, and we explore a new relationship without boundaries between ourselves and the world.”

For its new work, “Floating in the Falling Universe of Flowers,” flowers bloom and change with every passing minute, creating a universe of life that spreads across the space. (For March and April, the artwork immerses the viewer in seasonal cherry blossoms.)

Explains teamLab:

  • A seasonal year of flowers bloom and change with time, life spreads out into the universe.
  • Lie down or sit still in the space and eventually your body floats and you dissolve into the artwork world.
  • The artwork is rendered in real time by a computer. It is neither prerecorded nor on loop. Interaction between the viewer and the installation causes continuous change in the artwork.
  • Flowers grow, bud, bloom, and in time, the petals fall, and the flowers wither and die. The cycle of birth and death continues for perpetuity.
  • The universe at this moment in time can never be seen again.

In another artwork currently on display, “Drawing on the Water Surface Created by the Dance of Koi and People — Infinity,” visitors walk barefoot through real water, as koi swim across the infinite water’s surface. When the koi collide with people, they bloom into flowers (cherry blossoms in March and April).

Explains teamLab:

  • The movement of the koi is influenced by the presence of people in the water and also other koi. When the fish collide with people they turn into flowers and scatter.
  • Throughout a year, the flowers that bloom will change along with the seasons.
  • The trajectory of the koi is determined by the presence of people and these trajectories trace lines on the surface of the water.
  • The work is rendered in real time by a computer program. It is neither prerecorded nor on loop.
  • The interaction between the viewer and the installation causes continuous change in the artwork.
  • Previous visual states can never be replicated, and will never reoccur.

 

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