Crows are Chased and the Chasing Crows are Destined to be Chased as well: Cosmic Void

teamLab, 2017, Interactive Digital Installation, 4min 20sec, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

Crows are Chased and the Chasing Crows are Destined to be Chased as well: Cosmic Void

teamLab, 2017, Interactive Digital Installation, 4min 20sec, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

This work is to be viewed from a position close to the entrance of the space.


The work begins when the crows from Crows are Chased and the Chasing Crows are Destined to be Chased as well, Flying Beyond Borders enter the Cosmic Void. The work ends when the crows leave the space and disappear.


If you stand at the position close to the entrance, the boundary between the wall and the floor disappears and the real world dissolves, making the lines drawn by the trails of the crows appear three-dimensional. Eventually the body becomes immersed in the world of the artwork, and the boundary between the artwork and viewer dissolves as well.


Flocks of mythical crows (Yatagarasu) rendered in light fly around the space leaving trails in their wake and forming Spatial Calligraphy. The chasing crows are eventually chased themselves, and form flowers when they crash into each other, scattering their petals. Although the crows usually avoid crashing into people in the space, when they happen to do so, they similarly form flowers, scattering their petals.


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, so previous visual states can never be replicated, and will never reoccur. The picture at this moment can never be seen again.