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Catching and Collecting Forest

teamLab, 2020, Interactive Digital installation, Endless, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

Catching and Collecting Forest

teamLab, 2020, Interactive Digital installation, Endless, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

The Catching and Collecting Forest is a new learning space based on the concept of Catch, Study, Release, in which people explore the world with their bodies, discovering, catching, and broadening their interests based on what they catch. Explore with your smartphone app, capture various animals, study them, and create your very own collection book.

Various animals live in the forests and oceans. When you touch an animal, it will turn to face you or run away.

Download the Catching and Collecting Forest smartphone application.
When you use your smartphone's camera to look at an animal moving in the space, and then shoot a "study arrow" at the animal in the camera’s view, the arrow flies out from your phone into the real space. When the animal is hit by the arrow, it disappears from the space and is added to your smartphone’s collection. Information about the animals you capture will be stored in the app's collection book.

When you throw a captured animal towards a location you can see in the app’s camera, the animal is released and returns to that location.

You can also throw a study net at your feet to catch animals. Work together with those around you, use your body to drive animals into the “study net” to capture them, and watch as they disappear from the space and, at the same time, appear in your collection book. Swipe the captured animals away to release them at your feet.

The more you capture the same animal, the more detailed information you can record in your collection book.