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Floating Lamps in Spontaneous Order - the Old Soy Sauce Storehouses

teamLab, 2021, Interactive Installation, Murano Glass, LED, Endless, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi + teamLab

Floating Lamps in Spontaneous Order - the Old Soy Sauce Storehouses

teamLab, 2021, Interactive Installation, Murano Glass, LED, Endless, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi + teamLab

The artwork space is filled with water that spreads out in the basement of the former Fukuoka Soy Sauce Building. The building was completed during the Meiji era (1868-1912) and was once used for soy sauce production.


The lamps that float on the water are autonomous, and each one shines and fades, blinking at various rhythms. The lamps are self-righting if a person pushes it, and it falls down. When it stands up, it resonates and shines, eventually returning to its original rhythm. The rhythm has a new influence on the surroundings and produces a spontaneous order.


The light from the lamp also creates a spontaneous order with the Tea in Spontaneous Order near the lamp. When people stay still, after a while, all the tea and lamps that are resonant with each other, sometimes shine and fade together, sometimes resonate out. 


Spontaneous order occurs when different rhythms influence one another and eventually synchronize. The pendulums of two clocks hanging on the wall, the collective luminescence of fireflies, and the rhythmic motion of heart cells are all examples of systems - physical phenomena, neurophysiology, life systems, ecology - in which this tendency can be observed. 

Spontaneous order is a phenomenon in which individuals, despite not being able to observe the larger picture, create a large, self-organized, ordered system as a result of their individual autonomous behaviors.


The lampshade is made from Murano glass (Venetian glass).