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

스마트폰 애플리케이션 ‘teamLab: FIRE’을 표시한 채로, ‘하늘에서 흩뿌리는 불티의 우주’의 불꽃에 다가가면 스마트폰에 불꽃이 생겨, 작품을 가지고 돌아갈 수 있다. 그 불꽃을 다른 사람의 ‘teamLab: FIRE’ 애플리케이션에 가까이하면 불꽃은 공유된다. 불꽃을 누군가에게 공유하고, 그 불꽃이 또 다른 사람들에게 전달되어 가며 불꽃은 세계로 퍼져나간다. 퍼져나가는 불꽃의 무리가 애플리케이션의 지도에 그려진다.