Spatial Calligraphy: Line, Space, Overlap, Continuous and Uncontinuous, 2 sets of 5 screens - Gold and Silver in White

teamLab, 2016, Digital Installation, 3min

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Spatial Calligraphy: Line, Space, Overlap, Continuous and Uncontinuous, 2 sets of 5 screens - Gold and Silver in White

teamLab, 2016, Digital Installation, 3min

teamLab has been working on the Spatial Calligraphy series for over 10 years. Spatial Calligraphy is a new interpretation of traditional calligraphy, it reconstructs Japanese calligraphy in 3 dimensional space and expresses the depth, speed and power of the brush stroke.

In a Japan that had no knowledge of perspective, depth was constructed through a different method, not just in painting but actual space itself. For example, in the gardens of France's Palace of Versailles, trees of the same species and height are planted at regular, uniform intervals. A continuous sense of depth in the garden is created by how the identical trees systematically appear smaller as one looks to the horizon. Conversely, at the gardens at the Shugakuin Imperial Villa in Japan, the scenery consists of a foreground, middleground, and background, and a sense of depth is achieved by layering.

For this artwork teamLab expresses Japanese calligraphy in a variety of spaces, then brings these spaces together in a single exhibition area. It is an experimental work to see what experience is created by the various ways in which the spaces where the calligraphy are drawn, and the larger space where they are exhibited, relate to each other.