Aerial Climbing through a Flock of Colored Birds

teamLab, 2018-, Interactive Digital Installation, Sound: DAISHI DANCE

Aerial Climbing through a Flock of Colored Birds

teamLab, 2018-, Interactive Digital Installation, Sound: DAISHI DANCE

Aerial Climbing, developed by teamLab, features connected boards hanging in mid-air on ropes, creating a floating three-dimensional space. Visitors use these boards to navigate the space in mid-air through three dimensions, trying not to fall. As the boards are linked, the movement caused by one person on a board will have an effect on the board of other people. The arrangement of boards differ depending on the selected route and people  will have a different experience depending on the various ways the boards are linked.

When people climb onto the boards of varying colors, they shine brightly and begin to resonate a tone specific to the color of the board. The more people climb onto the boards of different colors, the more tones will be layered on top of each other.


Flocks of birds fly around freely in this space. When they fly near the people in the space, they take the color of the board people are on and turn into that color.


The movement of thousands of birds is beautiful and mysterious, like a single giant life form. The flock has neither a leader nor mutual consensus, but moves on the simple basis of; if my neighbor moves, then I move too. The biological mechanism that causes flocks of hundreds of birds to move at the same time is enigmatic. It seems there is a universal principle that humans do not understand. Likewise, the coloring of the space by the flock is not predetermined. Influenced by the presence of people, the space becomes a complex and beautiful coloration. This coloration is created by the movement of each bird obeying some kind of primitive rule. 


The artwork is not a pre-recorded image that is played back: it is created by a computer program that continuously renders the work in real time. The interaction between people and the installation causes continuous change in the artwork: previous visual states can never be replicated, and will never reoccur. The picture at this moment can never be seen again.