teamLab, 2018, Interactive Digital Installation, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi
Memory of Topography
This artwork installation depicts a rural mountain landscape of varying elevations. The scenery instills in the viewer a feeling of eternal permanence, however with the flow of real time the scenery is continuously changing. In the spring, the rice fields are still small and lush. In summer, they begin to mature, and in fall, they turn a golden color. And with the flow of time, the insects and flowers that make an appearance also change. The movement of insects is influenced by the movement and actions of people. And as people move around, the flow of air changes and blows the rice plants or scatters flower petals in different directions.
The overall appearance of this work will hardly change with each year. However, as in nature, the scenery is actually changing and you will never see the same scenery twice. This moment will never be repeated and can never be seen again. Seemingly unchanging landscapes, go on year after year for eternity.
The work and the canvas that mediates it are separated - the canvas has become transformative. The visual illusion produced by continuous dynamic change causes the viewer to become bodily immersed in the work, and the border between the viewer and artwork dissolves. As the unified world changes, viewers may feel a sense of melting into the world, becoming one with it and with each other.
(Memory of today's topography)
Throughout a year, with the passing of real time, the work constantly continuously changes. Sometimes it will rain. In the spring, the rice fields are still small and lush. In summer, they begin to mature. In fall, the rice begins to grow and gradually change color, turning golden before long.
When people move around, the flow of air changes, and the rice sways.
Sweet Olive blossoms bloom overhead across the space. When people move around, the flow of air changes, and the flower petals scatter and are blown in the wind.
The lush green leaves overhead turn yellow, orange, red, and crimson as they fall.
When people move around, the flow of air changes, and the falling leaves are blown in the wind.
The grey starlings sense people and try to move around them. Each person is assigned a color, and starlings that pass close by are dyed that color.
The fireflies sense people and try to move around them.
The Way of the Sea in the Memory of Topography - Colors of Life
This work begins when the shoal of fish of The Way of the Sea enters the space from the passageway. The work ends when the shoal leaves and disappears from the installation.
The shoal of fish drawn in light move freely around the space in any direction. The fish sense people and try to move around them. Each person is assigned a color, and fish pass close by they are dyed that color.