Universe of Fire Particles in a Decaying Underground Passage

teamLab, 2021, Digital Installation, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

Universe of Fire Particles in a Decaying Underground Passage

teamLab, 2021, Digital Installation, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

A long-forgotten underground passage has recently been discovered, and the depths of the passage are decaying. In this space that is crumbling and losing its original structure, a fire burns eternally.

The forest above the underground passage is home to 3,000-year-old trees, and it changes daily with the imperceptible, slow flow of time and with each year passing year, as a space where the endlessly long time accumulates. The ruins from ages past scattered in the forest and the Edo-period garden which remains today each have their own respective space-times. The forgotten underground tunnel is a space where time seems to have stopped, and the depths of the passage are a decaying space and time that will not exist for much longer. The fire that eternally burns there also has its own space and time.
Here, various space-times intersect and overlap.

The fire changes shape due to a transparent absolute presence.
Fire is represented by a continuum of numerous particles. A burning flame is simulated, and then lines are drawn in relation to the movement of the gas particles. The lines are flattened using what teamLab considers to be ultrasubjective space.

teamLab: FIRE
If you launch the teamLab: FIRE smartphone application and approach this artwork, your flame will ignite and you can take the artwork home with you. When you bring the flame close to another person's teamLab: FIRE application, the flame will connect. As you connect the flame you received with another person, and they connect that flame with someone else, the flame will spread all over the world. The flames that are connected and spread, as well as the flames connected and spread by you, are displayed on the map in the app.