100 Years Sea [running time: 100 years]
teamLab, 2009, Digital Work, 5 channels, 100 years
100 Years Sea is a video work with a running time of 100 years. The work depicts the rising of the sea levels beginning in 2009 and continuing for 100 years, based on the 2009 prediction of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
The video started on the 10th of December 2009 and runs in parallel with the actual sea for 100 years. When looking at the original artwork 100 years from its beginning, what will be the state of the actual sea? Will the rise in sea levels be more serious than the WWF calculated? Or will the sea levels be lower? The sea in this work continues to rise as we head toward that inevitable time.
Historically, Japanese artists painted waves using a combination of lines. These assembled lines give the impression of the life and energy of the sea as one living entity. Looking at the sea we feel awe, and it is likely due to this awe that Japanese artists chose to express the sea in this manner. Japanese ancestors possibly saw the world as it is depicted in classic Japanese imagery. Based on this idea, teamLab considered recombining the subjective view of ancient times with the fixed objective view of the modern world. We constructed virtual waves in a 3-D environment that have the style of Japanese painting. As a result, we have created a video artwork that has been converted using what teamLab calls ultrasubjective space.