Black Waves: Immersive Mass

teamLab, 2020, Digital Installation, Continuous Loop, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

Black Waves: Immersive Mass

teamLab, 2020, Digital Installation, Continuous Loop, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

This artwork has no beginning nor end, it consists of a single, continuous wave.

People who enter the artwork are confronted by this wave mass, and before long, they are drawn in, becoming one with the artwork. They realize that what they perceive as the exterior of the mass is also the interior. The exterior and interior are two sides of the same unified whole, indivisible. They make up a single, seamless existence.


The movement of water is simulated in a computer-generated three-dimensional space. The wave is expressed as a continuous body after calculating the interactions of hundreds of thousands of particles. To visualize the wave, lines were drawn in relation to the movements of the particles. The wave created in 3-D space was then turned into an artwork in accordance with what teamLab refers to as ultrasubjective space.