HARMONY, Japan Pavilion, Expo Milano 2015

teamLab, 2015, Interactive Digital Installation, 6 min, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

HARMONY, Japan Pavilion, Expo Milano 2015

teamLab, 2015, Interactive Digital Installation, 6 min, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

Rice fields form the background of Japan’s food culture. They were developed in areas at different heights, in mid-to-high river-basins. This is reflected in the terraced rice fields that are so characteristic of Japan, a country surrounded by mountains and the sea. The beautiful rice fields have endured because of the delicate harmony that has existed between people and nature. In order to represent the fact that the rice paddies have prospered in places with differing heights, as well as through the harmonious relationship between humans and nature, the exhibition space has been filled with screens resembling stalks of rice. These screens have been installed at a variety of directions and heights, from the knees to the waist, creating an interactive projection space that seems to spread out infinitely. The projected images change in line with the visitors’ movements as they wander through the room. This interactive art installation creates a space where visitors look as if they are wading their way through rice fields. As they wander around, people can experience changes of nature that are characteristic of Japan across the span of an entire year.