The Way of the Sea

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

The Way of the Sea

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

Interactive digital installation where all sides and the floor are covered with imagery.
Interactive digital installation where three sides and the floor are covered with imagery.

The shoal of fish illuminated by the light move freely through space, and their trails of light draw lines in the space. The fish sense people in the space and try to avoid colliding with them. People are also assigned a color, and when a fish passes by a person, it takes on that color.

The movement of thousands or tens of thousands of fish is beautiful and mysterious, like a single giant life form. The shoal of fish has neither a leader nor mutual consensus, but just moves on the simple basis of, “If my neighbor moves, then I move too.” However, the biological mechanism that causes hundreds of fish to move at the same time is still enigmatic. It seems there is a universal principle that human beings do not yet understand. While affected by the presence of people in the space, each fish seems to obey some sort of primitive rule as it moves, drawing lines in the space and unintentionally painting the surfaces with complex and beautiful colors.

If you stand in a designated area in the space, the boundary between the walls and floor disappears, the real space dissolves, you become drawn into the installation, the trails of the fish begin to appear drawn in three dimensional space, and the boundaries between the human body and the work begin to break down.