Inverted Globe, Giant Connecting Block Town

teamLab, 2018-, Interactive Digital Installation, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

Inverted Globe, Giant Connecting Block Town

teamLab, 2018-, Interactive Digital Installation, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

This is a space where you can be three dimensionally immersed by various objects of light that move as though they’re defying gravity. The items on the ground will continue to stand as if they are defying gravity, while the objects floating freely in mid-air will stick to the ceiling as if also defying the laws of physics.

These objects of light are each independent and shine brightly and go dim as if they are slowly breathing. The cactus-like object in the middle of the space and the objects floating through the air can be moved around freely.

When the objects of light are pushed or pushed over by visitors, their color will change and a tone specific to that color will ring out. Then all the nearby objects will react and change into the same color and make the same tone. The objects will continue to react to each other gradually in a chain. If a color of light comes from the distance, that means that a person is there. This will make people feel more aware of the presence of others sharing the same space.

Background of Artwork

Waterways and Transportation

  • The creation of cities and flood control

    The creation of cities and countries is deeply related to the history of construction done by humans to prevent the overflowing of rivers. Firstly, civilization started by cultivating crops using river floods. Because of crop cultivation, cities were made, but rivers overflow when rain falls. In order to maintain the cities, there was a need to construct something that would prevent flooding.

  • It is thought that countries were formed to gather many people to work. Preventing flood disasters is called “flood control.”

  • 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.

  • 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.