Flutter of Butterflies Beyond Borders, Floating Nest

teamLab, 2019, Digital Installation, Endless, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

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Flutter of Butterflies Beyond Borders, Floating Nest

teamLab, 2019, Digital Installation, Endless, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

A large nest floats in the center of the space. The artwork is viewed by lying down or sitting in the Floating Nest.


This work starts when the butterflies from Flutter of Butterflies Beyond Borders enters the Floating Nest. The work ends when Crows are Chased and the Chasing Crows are Destined to be Chased as Well or The Way of the Sea enter the space, and the butterflies all die.

The group of butterflies that come into this space are those from the Flutter of Butterflies Beyond Borders (a group of butterflies born from other artworks, such as the butterflies born from people’s bodies in the Butterfly House). These butterflies release art from the concept of  the frame, removing boundaries from the artwork space, the butterflies seamlessly fly inside other artworks.


Lie down in the Floating Nest, and before long, the body will become immersed in the art, dissolving the boundary between people and the work.


The artwork is rendered in real time by a computer program. It is neither a prerecorded animation nor on loop. As a whole, it is continuously changing, and previous visual states are never replicated. The picture at this moment can never be seen again.