Japanese digital art collective teamLab is known for creating epic digital art installations that immerse viewers and bring dream-like experiences to life. Their latest project, teamLab Planets TOKYO in Toyosu, presents a number of the collective’s best “body immersive” works, spanning across a 10,000-square-meter (approximately 107,640 square feet) exhibition space.
Made using digital technology, many of the installations are designed to transform based upon viewer interactions. TeamLab explains, “The boundaries between the body and the work become ambiguous, which may become the starting point for people to think about their relationship with the world.” For example, in one light installation, titled Drawing on the Water Surface by the Dance of Koi and People, the team projects a colorful interactive koi fish pond into the space’s water-filled floor. As the viewers step into knee-high hazy liquid, the space comes alive with animated koi fish that change direction and speed according to their presence within the space. If a fish collides with the viewer or another fish, they evaporate and leave behind a vibrant stream of colors.
Other highlights include Cold Life, a series of three-dimensional calligraphy brush strokes created by artist Sisyu. Viewers can watch the computer-generated inky shapes as they transform from the Japanese symbol for “life” into a cherry blossom tree. In Expanding Three-dimensional Existence in Transforming Space, a room is filled with giant, floating spheres of light. When viewers touch them, they illuminate the space, changing color each time. In another area, a light installation called Floating in the Falling Universe of Flowers visualizes the seasonal changes in flowers. The digitally rendered, continuously changing artwork sees flowers grow, bloom, and wilt around the viewers. TeamLab says, “Lie down or sit still in the space and eventually your body floats and you dissolve into the artwork world.”
If you want to experience these amazing works for yourself, the teamLab Planets TOKYO exhibition is open for a limited period of two years from July 7, 2018 through to fall of 2020. Find out more about each piece in exhibition on teamLab’s website.