teamLab: A Forest Where Gods Live presented by Shiseido
Jul 14 - Oct 09, 2017 Mifuneyama Rakuen Saga, Japan
The 500,000 sq.m. Mifuneyama Rakuen park was created 172 years ago in 1845, during the end of the Edo period. While Japan’s 7th largest, 3,000 years-old sacred Okusu tree of Takeo Shrine sits on the borderline of the site, in the heart of the garden is a 300 years-old Okusu tree. This tells us that our forebears turned the portion of the magnificent forest, with Mifuneyama Mountain at the center, into a garden while keeping the natural trees alive. The border between the garden and wild forest is ambiguous, and while wandering through the garden you will go through the forest as well as an animal trail. Inari Daimyojin surrounded by a huge natural rock is enshrined in the forest, and the cave houses the Five Hundred Arhats and Three Buddhas carved directly into the rock face. It is said that the carvings were made by the great priest Gyoki around 1,300 years ago. Woods, rocks and caves were formed over millions of years, and people sought meanings in them over thousands of years. And that is where Mifuneyama Rakuen today lies on. It is the ongoing relationship between nature and humans that has made the border between the forest and garden ambiguous, keeping this cultural heritage beautiful and pleasing.
teamLab is executing an art project called “Digitized Nature” where “Nature Becomes Art.” The concept of the project is that non-material digital art can turn nature into art without harming it.
We exist as a part of a process of eternal continuity of life and death, a process which has been continuing for an overwhelmingly long time. It is hard for us, however, to sense this in our everyday life. It was when we were wandering through the woods that we realized the shapes of those giant rocks, caves and forests, that have been formed over an infinite amount of time, are the continuous cycle of life itself. By applying digital art to this unique environment, the exhibition celebrates a massive chunk of life that nests on such continuity. In Mifuneyama Rakuen, we got lost in the ambiguous border of garden and forest, and finally, we have come to realize we exist on the borderless continuity between nature and humans.
The Story Behind Shiseido’s contribution
The name “Shiseido” was taken from a passage in the Yi Jing, the Chinese classic literature, which reads “Praise the virtues of the Earth, which nurtures new life and brings forth significant values.” Based on the corporate mission to “inspire a life of beauty and culture”, Shiseido has built a unique sense of beauty throughout its 145 years of history.
As a part of Shiseido’s long-standing support of the arts and culture, we have come to sponsor this latest art exhibition of teamLab, the leading artist in the world of digital art.
At the venue, teamLab will exhibit 14 artworks, including the WASO Tea House – “Flowers Bloom in an Infinite Universe, inside a Teacup”, which represents Shiseido’s new skincare brand “WASO” and the concept behind it of “All things beautiful come from nature”. This collaborative artwork ties in with teamLab’s concept of“Nature Becomes Art”.
At the WASO Tea House, the experience becomes art, allowing the visitors to explore the world of WASO through the five senses.
- teamLab: A Forest Where Gods Live presented by Shiseido
- July 14 - October 9, 2017
- July 14th - August 14th 20:00 - 22:30
August 15th - October 9th 19:30 - 22:30
Entrance 1 20：00～22：30
Entrance 2 19：30～22：30
※Entrance 2 opens 30 minutes earlier than Entrance 1.
- Mifuneyama Rakuen
Takeo 4100, Takeo-cho, Takeo, Saga, Japan
- Admission Fee
- Adults: 1600 yen, high school & junior high school students: 1200 yen, elementary school student 800 yen, babies and children under school age: free
- Shuttle bus (7p.m. - 11p.m.)
- Free shuttle bus available between Takeo Keirin and Mifuneyama Rakuen Park Entrance 2. It will not stop at Mifuneyama Rakuen Park Entrance 1.
- 1,200 parking spaces at Takeo Keirin. 1,800 parking spaces in total in nearby parking lots.
- By trainFrom Shinkansen Hakata Station, 1 hour and 20 minutesFrom AirportFrom Fukuoka Airport, about 1 hour and 10 minutes by car (85km)From Nagasaki Airport, 40 minutes by car (40 km)From Saga Airport, about 50 minutes by car
- Heads up
- ･About wheelchair · stroller
Please note that the garden has natural walking paths that can be difficult to access with a wheelchair or stroller. Works you can appreciate are: "Ever Blossoming Life Rock", "Resonating Forest - Cherry Blossoms and Maple", "Resonating Azalea Valley ","Drawing on the Water Surface Created by the Dance of Koi and Boats – Mifuneyama Rakuen Pond "," WASO Tea House - Flowers Bloom in an Infinite Universe inside a Teacup”.
Please look after your valuables at your own risk.
In the unlikely event that a theft or loss occurs, the organizer will not take any responsibility.
The organizer is not responsible for accidents or injuries occurring in the park.
For environmental preservation there are no recycle bins in the park. Please cooperate and take your own garbage home with you.
Smoking and fire inside the park is strictly prohibited. We appreciate your cooperation in not smoking.
Since there are steep slopes, stairs and rough roads in the park. For your safety please wear comfortable clothes and shoes that allow ease of movement.
No pets are allowed in the park. We will refuse admission of pets including small dogs.
･About suspension due to bad weather
We will make a decision in the case of light rain. If there is strong rain accompanied by strong wind such as a typhoon, the exhibition will be suspended. For details, please check the official HP of Mifuneyama Rakuen Park and SNS (Facebook, Instagram).
･About photography and video
Flash photography and the use of drones in the park are prohibited. Please also refrain from using a tripod, as it will cause an interference with other visitors.
Please note that in the event of photo shooting by the organizer, everyone may be subject to the photo shooting, and the images may be used for promotional purposes, include reports on the event and advertising.
Thank you for your cooperation.
①Drawing on the Water Surface Created by the Dance of Koi and Boats – Mifuneyama Rakuen Pond
②Graffiti Nature - Living in the Ruins of a Bathhouse
③Resonating Forest - Cherry Blossoms and Maple
④Life is Continuous Light - Azalea Valley
⑤Ever Blossoming Life Rock
⑥Split Rock and Enso
⑦Sea of Rocks of Oblivion
⑧Universe of Water Particles on a Sacred Rock
⑨Memory of Continuous Life
⑩Cut out Continuous Life - Forest Canopy
⑪Cut out Continuous Life - Forest Path
⑫Rock Wall Spatial Calligraphy, Continuous Life - Five Hundred Arhats
⑬Three Buddha Figures carved inside the Cave of the Five Hundred Arhats
⑭WASO Tea House - Flowers Bloom in an Infinite Universe inside a Teacup
Art collective formed in 2001.teamlab.art
teamLab is a collective, interdisciplinary creative group that brings together professionals from various fields of practice in the digital society: artists, programmers, engineers, CG animators, mathematicians, architects, web and print graphic designers and editors. Referring to themselves as "Ultra-technologists," the group aims to go beyond the boundaries between art, science, technology and creativity, through co-creative activities.