Life Survives by the Power of Life

teamLab, 2020 (work in progress), Digital Work, 60 min (loop), Calligraphy: Sisyu

Life Survives by the Power of Life

teamLab, 2020 (work in progress), Digital Work, 60 min (loop), Calligraphy: Sisyu

The self and nature are indivisible. In other words, they appear to be distinct, but are actually a single, inseparable entity. The opposite of division is not unification, but the realization that existences that appear to be distinct are actually part of a single whole.


The character for life, 生 (sei), is drawn in three-dimensional spatial calligraphy. Spatial Calligraphy is calligraphy drawn in space, a form of calligraphy that teamLab has been exploring since it was founded. The artwork reconstructs calligraphy in three dimensional space to express the depth, speed and power of the brush stroke, and that calligraphy is then flattened using the logical structure teamLab calls ultrasubjective space. The calligraphy shifts between two and three dimensions.


We have given form to what we in the modern era consider to be life.