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Connecting! Block Town

teamLab, 2016-, Interactive Digital Installation, Wooden blocks, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

Connecting! Block Town

teamLab, 2016-, Interactive Digital Installation, Wooden blocks, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

In Connecting! Block Town, cars and trains run along digitally projected roads and railroad tracks that are connected by physical wooden blocks. As children place different blocks on the table, more cars and trains appear, forming a townscape. Children play by placing the blocks in different positions to create a town collaboratively with other children.

Background of Artwork

City development and transport

  • Transporting crops and goods from town to town was extremely important for human progress. In the past, roads were built and transport was carried out by people and horses. However, rivers started being used by ships with more transporting power than horses to transport goods. Through the linking of towns by the river, each town developed. In more modern times, humans desired a newer transportation method, which is why they built railways for trains, and roads for cars to be driven on, connecting towns.

How to interact with the artwork

  • 1

    Place a wooden block on the table to create a connection.

  • 2

    Place blocks of the same color on the table, and roads and train tracks will appear. Cars and trains run along these roads between the blocks.

  • 3

    By placing many blocks, long roads are created, and the town will become more advanced.

  • 4

    Observe the creation of a town that develops as you place more blocks.

Skills Nurtured

  • Creativity, Power of Expression
  • Pattern Recognition
  • Spatial Awareness
  • Logical Thinking