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Catching and Collecting Forest

teamLab, 2020, Interactive Digital installation, Endless, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

Catching and Collecting Forest

teamLab, 2020, Interactive Digital installation, Endless, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

The Catching and Collecting Forest is a new learning space based on the concept of Catch, Study, Release, in which people explore the world with their bodies, discovering, catching, and broadening their interests based on what they catch. Explore with your smartphone, capture various animals, study them, and create your very own collection book.


Various animals live in the forests and oceans. When you touch an animal, it may turn to face you or run away.


Download the “Catching and Collecting Forest” smartphone application, and use the camera in the app to aim and shoot arrows of light at the animals on the walls.


When an arrow of light hits an animal, it disappears from the wall and enters your smartphone. The animal’s information is added to your app’s collection book. If you aim the app’s camera at the wall and see the captured animal, you can release it and watch it reappear in that space.


You can also tap locations in the app to set a trap. Work together with those around you, use your body to drive animals into the trap, and watch as they disappear from the space and, at the same time, appear in your collection book. Throw the captured animals to release them, and watch them appear in the artwork space.


Even if you capture the same animal multiple times, the more you capture, the more detailed information you can record in your collection book.