The Way of the Sea, Flying Beyond Borders - Colors of Life

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

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The Way of the Sea, Flying Beyond Borders - Colors of Life

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

Tens of thousands of fish swim under the influence of people's movement. Each person has a colour, and the nearby fish receive that colour. 


The movement of thousands of fish is beautiful and mysterious, like a single giant life form. The school of fish has neither a leader nor mutual consensus, but moves on the simple basis of; if my neighbour moves, then I move too. The biological mechanism that causes hundreds of fish to move at the same time is enigmatic. It seems there is a universal principle that humans do not understand. Likewise, the coloring of the fish is not predetermined. Influenced by the presence of people, the surface becomes an unintentional, complex and beautiful coloration. This coloration is created by the movement of each fish obeying some kind of primitive rule. 


The work is rendered in real time by a computer program, it is neither a prerecorded animation nor imagery on loop.The work as a whole is in constant change; previous states will never be repeated and can never be seen again.