Tea in Spontaneous Order - Dynamic Equilibrium Color

teamLab, 2021, Interactive Installation, Endless, Sound: teamLab

Tea in Spontaneous Order - Dynamic Equilibrium Color

teamLab, 2021, Interactive Installation, Endless, Sound: teamLab

When a cup of tea is made, it begins to glow with its own unique rhythm of color tones, and a spontaneous order phenomenon occurs with the light of nearby Floating Lamps in Spontaneous Order and other teas. The rhythms of the light from the lamps and tea influence other nearby light rhythms. The newly added rhythms of the tea light will only affect the lamps and tea nearby, but as their rhythms change, they will in turn affect their surroundings, and the overall rhythms of the lamp and tea light will become disorganized. When a lamp is shaken or when a teacup is lifted to drink, they return to their original light rhythms.

When no one touches the lamps or tea, the nearby lights influence one another, and the disparate rhythms of the lamp and tea lights gradually evolve into a new rhythm together.

As you finish the tea, the artwork enters your body, and the rhythm of light disappears from the glass, no longer affecting your surroundings.


Every time a teacup is lifted, the light of the tea changes into four Dynamic Equilibrium Colors, a new color concept by teamLab. When a person looks closely at the tea in the cup - in other words, when they observe the miniscule - they will see it possesses the concept of time and is constantly changing. But if they look from far away, taking in the entirety, the tea does not appear to change or possess the concept of time.


A spontaneous order phenomenon occurs when different rhythms are influenced by each other and become aligned. It can be seen in a variety of systems, including physical phenomena, neurophysiology, and living and ecological systems. Examples include the pendulums of two clocks synchronizing, the collective luminescence of fireflies, and the rhythm of heart cells. The phenomenon of self-organization is the creation of a large structure with order resulting from the autonomous behavior of each individual, even though each individual does not have the ability to observe the whole. This can also be called a self-organization phenomenon.