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Digital Art Exhibition at the Kairakuen Gardens in Japan

teamLab, “Autonomous Resonating Life and Resonating Giant Cedar Forest,” 2021, Interactive Digital Installation, Endless, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi © teamLab, courtesy Pace Gallery

Through digital technology, artists can alter spaces in new and noninvasive ways. Art collective teamLab is opening a new digital exhibition at Kairakuen, one of Japan's most beloved gardens, as it celebrates its 180th anniversary in 2022. From February 1 to the end of March, this historic park will be presented to visitors in a new, creative light.

Kairakuen is referred to as one of the “Three Great Gardens of Japan,” alongside Kenrokuen Garden in Kanazawa and Korakuen Garden in Okayama. Teamlab has installed several interactive digital works across the park's extensive grounds, utilizing an 800-year-old giant tree, 1,500 plum trees, a bamboo grove, pine trees, azaleas, and even a fallen tree. These works transform natural sites—which have been around since the end of the Edo Period in 1842—through projections of light, moving illustrations, and sound.

“Humans cannot recognize time longer than their own lifespans. In other words, there is a boundary in our understanding of the long continuity of time,” teamLab explains. “The forms and shapes of nature have been created over many years and have been molded by the interactions between people and nature. We can perceive this long duration of time in these shapes of nature themselves. By using the shapes, we believe we can explore the boundary in our perception of the long continuity of time.”

The Digitized Kairakuen Garden will be open from February 1 to March 31, 2022. You can learn more about the event and purchase tickets through its website. And that's not all going on; the exhibition coincides with the 120-year-old Mito Plum Blossom Festival (February 11 – March 21), in which visitors come to admire the 100 varieties of plum trees blooming at Kairakuen.

Interdisciplinary artist group teamLab unveils a new exhibition at the historic Kairakuen Gardens in Ibaraki, Japan.

Digital Art Exhibition at the Kairakuen Gardens in Japan

teamLab, “Walk, Walk, Walk,” Moso Bamboo Forest, 2021, Digital Installation, Endless, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi, Voices: Yutaka Fukuoka, Yumiko Tanaka © teamLab, courtesy Pace Gallery

 

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teamlab: Digital Kairakuen Garden 2022 multiple interactive digital art installations inside the plum garden.

Digital Art Exhibition at the Kairakuen Gardens in Japan

teamLab, “Life is Continuous Light” Plum Trees, 2021, Interactive Digitized Nature, Sound: teamLab © teamLab, courtesy Pace Gallery

It will be open from February to March 31, 2022.

Digital Art Exhibition at the Kairakuen Gardens in Japan

teamLab, “Ever Blossoming Life Tree,” Giant Taro Cedar, 2021, Digitized Nature, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi © teamLab, courtesy Pace Gallery

Digital Art Exhibition at the Kairakuen Gardens in Japan

teamLab, “Concrete and Abstract,” Between Yin and Yang, 2021, Interactive Digital Nature, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi © teamLab, courtesy Pace Gallery

Digital Art Exhibition at the Kairakuen Gardens in Japan

teamLab, “Resonating Pine and Azalea,” 2021, Interactive Digitized Nature, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi © teamLab, courtesy Pace Gallery

Digital Art Exhibition at the Kairakuen Gardens in Japan

teamLab, “Ever Blossoming Life Tree,” Fallen Jiro Cedar, 2021, Digitized Nature, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi © teamLab, courtesy Pace Gallery

Digital Art Exhibition at the Kairakuen Gardens in Japan

teamLab, “Enso in the Natural Spring,” Togyokusen, 2021, Digital Installation, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi © teamLab, courtesy Pace Gallery

Watch this video to learn more about the teamLab: Digital Kairakuen Garden exhibition:

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Margherita Cole

Margherita Cole is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and illustrator based in Southern California. She holds a BA in Art History with a minor in Studio Art from Wofford College, and an MA in Illustration: Authorial Practice from Falmouth University in the UK. When she’s not writing, Margherita continues to develop her creative practice in sequential art.
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