Memory of Topography

teamLab, 2018, Interactive Digital Installation, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

Memory of Topography

teamLab, 2018, Interactive Digital Installation, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

The work depicts a typical rural mountain landscape of the Japanese countryside. The familiar scene creates a feeling of permanence, as if the nothing will ever change here. With the flow of real time, the scenery of the work changes continuously. The ears of rice that were still small around June will grow bigger in August and will become golden in October. And with the flow of time, insects and flowers that appear change along with the seasons. 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 flower petals that scatter in the wind, in different directions. 

For example, fireflies appear in early summer. When people are quiet, the blinking of fireflies will, due to an illusionary phenomenon, appear to form waves that move around the scenery.


This work will hardly change with each year, and it will continue forever. However, as in nature, the scenery appears not to change but you can never see the same scenery twice. This moment will never be repeated and can never be seen again. Landscapes that do not seem to change, but are not the same, go on year after year for eternity.