Life Survives by the Power of Life II

teamLab, 2020, Digital Work, 60 min (loop), Source Calligraphy: Sisyu

Life Survives by the Power of Life II

teamLab, 2020, Digital Work, 60 min (loop), Source Calligraphy: Sisyu

The self and nature are indivisible. In other words, they appear to be distinct but are actually a single, inseparable entity. The opposite of division is not unification, but the realization that existences that appear to be distinct are actually part of a single whole. In this work, we have given form to what we think of as "life" today.

The blessings and threats of nature, as well as the blessings and threats of civilization, are continuous and connected. There is no absolute malice in any of them, nor is there an ideal of beauty. There is no easy solution, and we may not even be able to organize our emotions towards nature. Even so, we want to affirm all aspects of what it means to be living in every situation. Life is beautiful.

The character for life, 生 (sei), is drawn in three-dimensional spatial calligraphy. Spatial Calligraphy is calligraphy drawn in space, a form of calligraphy that teamLab has been exploring since it was founded. The artwork reconstructs calligraphy in three dimensional space to express the depth, speed and power of the brush stroke, and that calligraphy is then flattened using the logical structure teamLab calls ultrasubjective space. The calligraphy shifts between two and three dimensions.

The space of an artwork framed by a lens or perspective appears on the other side of a display surface: the display surface becomes a boundary, and the space where the viewer exists is separated from the artwork space. However, in this artwork, one of the characteristics of ultrasubjective space is that the display surface does not become a boundary. The space of the work is perceived as if it exists three-dimensionally beyond the display surface and up to the space in which the viewer exists. The space of the work is continuous with the space where the viewer's body is located.

Collaboration between teamLab and VOLVO XC40

On view: July 16 - August 22, 2021
Hours: 11:00 - 22:30
* To view this work before the open hours of VOLVO teamLab: A Forest Where Gods Live, purchase a Daytime Rakan Bath Reservation or order a drink at EN TEA HOUSE - OTORO.

The installation consists of teamLab's new work Life Survives by the Power of Life II and a VOLVO XC40 breaking through the wall. This space was built during the years of steep economic growth, but after a short period, it was abandoned, becoming a space-time where time had stopped completely. The forest, rocks, and caves of Mifuneyama Rakuen have formed over a long time, and people in every era have sought meaning in them over the millennia. It is the ongoing, continuous relationship between nature and humans that has made the border between the forest and garden ambiguous, keeping this cultural heritage beautiful and pleasing. By breaking through the walls that have divided this continuity, VOLVO XC40 reconnects the space to the continuity of the world and time, creating a place where various space-times intersect and overlap.