Shifting Valley, Living Creatures of Flowers, Symbiotic Lives

teamLab, 2020-, Interactive Digital Installation, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

Shifting Valley, Living Creatures of Flowers, Symbiotic Lives

teamLab, 2020-, Interactive Digital Installation, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

Living Creatures made of flowers live in a three-dimensional world. The flowers continue to bloom and die in an eternal cycle, forming the shapes of living creatures.


Living things eat and are eaten by each other to create one shared ecosystem. If a creature eats other living things, its numbers will increase. On the other hand, if it does not eat enough, it will die. And if it is eaten by another creature, it will disappear. When people step on the creatures’ flowers, the petals will scatter. When people continuously step on a creature, too many flowers will fall, and the creature will die and disappear.


The artwork is not a pre-recorded image that is played back: it is created by a computer program that continuously renders the work in real time. The interaction between people and the installation causes continuous change in the artwork: previous visual states can never be replicated, and will never reoccur. The picture at this moment can never be seen again.